Denise Gebroe is opening DG Bodyworks in Cavendish today.

DG Bodyworks launches in Cavendish

CAVENDISH — Denise Gebroe has worked hard to get here, and now she’s inviting the public to help her celebrate. Today, Gebroe plans to launch her new business, DG Bodyworks, with an official grand opening at her 7 Depot St. location in Cavendish. Gebroe is a licensed massage therapist and certified personal trainer. She will use DG Bodyworks as a community center that offers yoga, conditioning, strength training and dance.

From left, Amy Robb, director of the Engine Room, and Jenny Albee, events coordinator, pose for a photo in White River Junction.

Engine Room Coworking opens in WRJ

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — Engine Room Coworking, a co-working space in downtown White River Junction, launched last month. It is all about the freelancer, the startup, the independent creative type, the developer — you name the profession, they’re working together under one roof. Engine Room Coworking is a partnership between Tip Top Pottery owner Amy Robb and local redeveloper Mike Davidson. The 6,000-square-foot co-working space is located at the end of the Freight House, formerly known as the Tupelo Music Hall. The space has been restored — the rustic and industrial mix is the perfect backdrop to foster communal networking, like-minded professionalism and community.

Scott and Leslie Blair pose for a photo in the new Ludlow location of their business, Southern Pie Company.

Southern Pie Company expands with Ludlow shop

LUDLOW — In response to their monumental following, on Oct. 1, Scott and Leslie Blair opened a second pie shop location in Ludlow for their business, The Southern Pie Company. The bakery is located on Route 103, bringing a slice of Leslie Blair’s southern home heritage to the Green Mountains. Native to Charleston, South Carolina, Leslie begins her pies with her grandmother’s traditional southern pie crust recipe. The pies are made from either an old family recipe, or a recipe she has collected during her culinary journey over the years, and filled with local ingredients.

Phoenix Books will use its new van to expand its participation in book fairs and other off-site events.

Phoenix Books eyes off-site events

There is a brand-new van parked in front of Phoenix Books in Essex Junction, and it is all decked out in colorful decals identifying it as the property of the store. If customers can’t come to their stores, in Burlington, Essex, Rutland and Chester, then maybe the books can still get to customers. “There is an untapped market for increased sales to off-site customers, and we need a vehicle to get the books to those customers — and those customers need to know who is bringing them their books,” said owner Mike DeSanto. Phoenix Books intends to capitalize on a potential to compete in school book fairs, business-to-business relationships, off-site author events, supporting authors at their speaking engagements and creating mobile bookstores for large community events. The van will allow Phoenix to do this in the market areas served by all four locations.

The audience awaits the next scene of “CATS The Musical” in April at Woodstock Town Hall Theater, where Pentangle Arts Council is planning a major renovation.

Pentangle plans major theater renovation

WOODSTOCK — Pentangle Arts Council is planning a major renovation of the Woodstock Town Hall Theater, a project aimed at making the group’s overall operations financially sustainable over the long term. The two-phase project is estimated at the lower end of the $2 million range, which includes interior improvements and an addition at the rear of the building. The timeline for the project is not set at this early stage. Alita Wilson, Pentangle’s executive director, said the time has come for major upgrades, which include various efforts to make the theater more comfortable for all patrons, including ADA compliance. Wilson said these kinds of improvements will make the theater easier for everyone to use and will help sustain and grow Pentangle’s programs, therefore fostering a stable financial future for the organization.

Anika Abrahamsen prepares vegetable fritters for customers to try with one of Oh! Veggies’ sauces on Columbus Day weekend at the Windsor store.

Healthy eating earns good reputation at Oh! Veggies

WINDSOR — “You love veggies — you just don’t know it yet.”
That’s one of the slogans Oh! Veggies uses to let consumers know that a healthy diet can also be a delicious one. The 2,000-square-foot retail store located in Artisans Park in Windsor features sauces, seasonings and spices created specifically to flavor vegetables. Oh! Veggies also sells a line of reasonably priced products such as chopping and slicing tools and steamers that make prepping vegetables faster and easier.

Ryan Blanchard, a furniture maker at ShackletonThomas, makes a rolling pin out of maple wood at the Lie-Nielsen hand tool event in Bridgewater on Friday.

Woodworking event returns to ShackletonThomas

BRIDGEWATER — From Colonial times to today, woodworkers have been supported and celebrated throughout the Northeast, notably in Vermont. The evolution of hand tools has been gradual through the generations of artisans. Friday, Oct. 7, kicked off a two-day Lie-Nielsen Hand Tool Event hosted by ShackletonThomas in Bridgewater. On Oct.

Maloney

Maloney takes director job

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — Cristine Maloney was recently hired as the full-time hospice medical director at Visiting Nurse and Hospice for Vermont and New Hampshire, after working for the agency for four years in its hospice program. Maloney is a graduate of the University of Vermont College of Medicine. She completed her residency at Yale School of Medicine and completed her palliative care fellowship at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. She is board-certified in internal medicine and in hospice and palliative medicine.  

David Edson

Edson hired for VNH manager position

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — David Edson was recently hired as the new rehabilitation manager for Visiting Nurse and Hospice for Vermont and New Hampshire. Prior to joining VNH, he was the director of rehabilitation for Genesis Rehabilitation Services at Kendal at Hanover. Edson also worked as a staff therapist at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center for 15 years, where he gained experience, knowledge and expertise in many different areas of physical therapy. In his new job at VNH, he will be responsible managing the therapy team and rehabilitation program in the north territory of VNH’s service area, which includes a number of towns north of Route 4.