In Demand: Hand-crafted pottery business pulls through during pandemic
Jan21

In Demand: Hand-crafted pottery business pulls through during pandemic

In 2016, Georgia Donnelly’s pottery business was flourishing. But with a move back to New Hampshire from Florida, Donnelly wasn’t producing as much. Donnelly was also busy: She had a job as a potter, first for Simon Pearce, then for Fireside Pottery. But she wanted to get back to her own craft and away from the physically taxing work of production pottery, where she might make 100 mugs in a single day. When she bought a house in...

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Business of Agriculture: A delicate flower thrives in wintery Vermont
Jan21

Business of Agriculture: A delicate flower thrives in wintery Vermont

Delicate, fragile and subtle it is. But saffron is finding a foothold in the rocky soils of wintry Vermont. The crocus flower that produces saffron — a flavoring that is said to be the most expensive in the world — is suddenly being planted by the thousands around the state. In March, researchers at the University of Vermont held a saffron workshop attended by about 60 people in person and another 60 online from all over the country....

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Exit Interview: King Arthur answers the call when baking gets the best of you
Jan21

Exit Interview: King Arthur answers the call when baking gets the best of you

When your bread is sad and your meringue is weeping, when you want to try something new or are struggling to get a recipe just right or when you can’t find yeast, the King Arthur Flour Baker’s Hotline helpers can talk you through your baking woes, questions and experiments. The line has been active since 1993. Baking Specialist Martina Pochop is one of 15 bakers who staff the call center that operates for eight to 12 hours a day, 357...

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Made in the Upper Valley: Clean water keeps the community running
Jan21

Made in the Upper Valley: Clean water keeps the community running

From a sock getting flushed down the toilet to parts-per-trillion contaminants, there are myriad mayhems that can disrupt a community’s water system. Fortunately for the town of Hartford, Chief Water System Operator Rick Kenney said, there are not any per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAs) — a human-made chemical used in industry and consumer products since the 1940s — in either of the two central water systems that provide...

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Some Upper Valley business owners are drawn to untraditional professions
Jan21

Some Upper Valley business owners are drawn to untraditional professions

Though the end products of a forester, a hot sauce company and a food waste recycling business are drastically different, Russell Forestry Services, Angry Goat Pepper Co. and werecyclefood.com all grew out of answering a call to not follow a traditional business path. The people who run these unusual Upper Valley businesses knew how they wanted to live and have forged their companies to fulfill those desires. It led them to work that...

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Score Stories: Undercoating business fills void for service that’s in high demand
Jan21

Score Stories: Undercoating business fills void for service that’s in high demand

What started as a mission to keep his pick-up truck from rusting led Keith Mulholland to opening his own metal restoration business — in the middle of a global pandemic. Mulholland Metal Restoration opened in Weare, N.H., in July 2020, only a few short months after the state shut down businesses across many industries in the face of COVID-19. The business offers oil undercoating for vehicle protection, sandblasting services and metal...

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Ways to act: Upper Valley business owners make lasting commitment to racial, social justice
Oct15

Ways to act: Upper Valley business owners make lasting commitment to racial, social justice

Valley News Staff Writer After the death of George Floyd, a Black man who was killed in June by police in Minneapolis, Sarah Yetter and her co-owners of Abracadabra Coffee Co., wanted to find ways to promote racial justice. For a time, the company donated 15% of its online sales to nonprofits working for racial justice, but then a better and more durable avenue appeared in the form of a proposal by Jarvis Antonio Green, founder of JAG...

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Spreading their wings: Babes Bar owners take concept of centering marginalized people beyond their business walls
Oct15

Spreading their wings: Babes Bar owners take concept of centering marginalized people beyond their business walls

When Owen Daniel-McCarter and Jesse Plotsky, owners of Babes Bar, arrived to Bethel from Chicago in 2018 to open the only stand-alone bar in town, they were met with one question more than any other, “Why the hell did you move to Bethel?” Aside from being closer to family — Plotsky’s brother and sister-in-law live in Bethel — the couple sought a change of pace from the Windy City. Neither had owned or run a bar before, but the one...

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Exit Interview: David Phair, Owner and Manager of Hustle and Loyalty Records, centers local hip-hop in rural Vermont
Oct15

Exit Interview: David Phair, Owner and Manager of Hustle and Loyalty Records, centers local hip-hop in rural Vermont

When David Phair is not working at New England Precision, Inc. in Randolph, the Bethel entrepreneur has been establishing a quietly-thriving hip-hop scene in central Vermont with his company Hustle and Loyalty Records, which promotes hip-hop is peace — a means of expression and a tool for educating. After George Floyd and Breonna Taylor were killed by police officers, Hustle and Loyalty partnered with Babes Bar in Bethel to hold a...

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