It’s about more than the drink

Upper Valley Business Alliance executive director Both New Hampshire and Vermont have seen an explosion in the last few years of small breweries, wineries and distillers popping up. Besides crafting tasty new beverages, these businesses are having a big impact on both states’ economies and on the towns where they are located.   Although most of these businesses are small, typically with fewer than five employees, they are having...

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Upper Valley Business News

Deborah Hauser, director of strategic growth at Four Seasons Sotheby’s South Burlington, Vt., has been named chief operating officer of the real estate firm, which has locations in Fairlee, Hanover and New London.SKC Floral Design LLC, a florist and gift shop owned by Samantha Charles, has opened 34 Pleasant St. in Claremont. More information: skcfloraldesign.com. Please submit business announcements via...

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‘Don’t you just love that new bus smell?’
Apr30

‘Don’t you just love that new bus smell?’

Advance Transit director of marketing and philanthropy It was a moment years in the making and one that everyone at Advance Transit (AT) had long been looking forward to.In mid March, AT placed two electric buses in service to offer passengers a quieter ride with reduced emissions. These vehicles are the first set in a series of planned changes, with more electric vehicles slated to arrive by next year.“Don’t you just love that new...

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My less-car week
Apr30

My less-car week

Vital Communities Communications Director It all began one December dusk on a quiet back road when a deer met the front of our car. My spouse and I were driving slowly, so the deer was able to scamper away, but our car suffered a cracked headlight and damaged front bumper. After calls and estimates, we were given a repair appointment in late February which would require leaving our car at the body shop from Monday through Friday — our...

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What’s ahead for 2023
Jan23

What’s ahead for 2023

Executive Director, Upper Valley Business Alliance Happy New Year, Upper Valley! Do you make New Year’s resolutions? For the last couple years, everything seemed too unsettled to make plans, but this year I feel hopeful. Sure, we have much to work on but given where we have been in the last two years, doesn’t 2023 feel ripe with possibilities? That is my resolution for this year — to focus on the positive! At this time of year, I am...

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‘Getting back to that pre-COVID pace’
Jan23

‘Getting back to that pre-COVID pace’

Valley News Correspondent During the height of the pandemic, restaurants were ordered to shut down indoor dining and when they were allowed to reopen, seating was limited and there had to be adequate space between tables with barriers between booths. Many establishments improved or added takeout and started using more delivery services to keep business operating. While those days appear to be finally behind the dining industry for...

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Market slows down, but remains strong
Jan23

Market slows down, but remains strong

Valley News Correspondent The area’s residential housing market has slowed after a pandemic-fueled buying surge that sent home prices soaring — but area real estate agents don’t foresee a slump in the year ahead. Realtors and others who follow market trends of single-family home sales generally agree that the low inventory in the Upper Valley — and thus far a good economy — will keep prices strong in the coming year. But with...

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‘The very best part of the business is the people’
Jan23

‘The very best part of the business is the people’

For the Valley News Nancy Smith is the sole proprietor of the Shaker Hill Inn Bed and Breakfast in Enfield. She has been in the hospitality business since coming to the Upper Valley in the late 1990s from Virginia. While the COVID-19 pandemic and Airbnb have impacted the business, Smith maintains an optimistic outlook. She finds the people she meets at her B&B to be the best part of running the business. Question: In what ways did...

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Some remote workers are doubling up on jobs

The Washington PostWorking multiple jobs is nothing new. With minimum wage lagging far behind the cost of living in the United States, many workers make ends meet through a patchwork of full- and part-time jobs — some working freelance gigs that add up to more than 40 hours a week without the benefits of full-time employee status. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in August nearly 7.5 million workers, or 4.7 percent of the...

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