Exit Interview: Jessica Giordani and Karen Zook of Scratch Supply Co.
Jan16

Exit Interview: Jessica Giordani and Karen Zook of Scratch Supply Co.

Winter in the Upper Valley is full of outdoor activities, but sometimes you want to escape the cold and cozy up inside with good friends and good conversation. That’s exactly what happens at Scratch Supply Co., a fiber, fabric and supply shop in Lebanon. On a given day in the shop, you’ll see patrons coming in and out, troubleshooting their projects, perusing through the carefully-curated inventory of yarns, or just catching up with...

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Made in the Upper Valley: Norton’s Vermont Toboggans brings back the joy in sledding
Jan16

Made in the Upper Valley: Norton’s Vermont Toboggans brings back the joy in sledding

No matter how long it’s been since you last went sledding, the memory of swooshing down the hill, filled with equal parts terror and exhilaration, likely still brings a smile to your face. It’s no wonder that winter landscapes filled with sledding children are a beloved sight throughout New England. Glen Norton wants to make sure that the next generation has those same memories. “I’d like to bring back sledding,” said Norton, the...

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Business of Agriculture: Winter growing is possible but hindered by lack of profits
Jan16

Business of Agriculture: Winter growing is possible but hindered by lack of profits

Nearly 30 years ago, Chelsea Green books in White River Junction published Four-Season Harvest by Eliot Coleman, a well-known farmer who (continuing the Upper Valley theme) had started his career at The Mountain School in Vershire. Coleman pointed out something that is obvious in hindsight: You can harvest vegetables around here all winter long. Experimenting home gardeners and green-thumbed homesteaders had been doing so for years,...

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Upper Valley businesses expect the unexpected during winter
Jan16

Upper Valley businesses expect the unexpected during winter

When people call Kathy Bennett to book a sled dog ride behind her Siberian huskies, they have an image of their perfect afternoon. They want snow-dusted trees, bright blue skies and the swish of the dog sled against fresh snow.   Sometimes, that fantasy comes to fruition. Other times, sled rides involve a wheeled wagon pulled over muddy trails, with little snow in sight.   Bennett, who co-owns Braeburn Siberians in Windsor, works hard...

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Cottage Industry: 3 Biddy’s Pet Treats committed to making delicious, healthy food
Oct10

Cottage Industry: 3 Biddy’s Pet Treats committed to making delicious, healthy food

When Suzanne Bohman, of Warner, N.H., began working from home in 2008 she knew she needed a creative outlet. She enjoyed her job in the financial services industry, but she realized that she was becoming isolated working alone behind a screen all day. “I wasn’t getting out of the house, socializing, driving. It was getting unhealthy,” Bohman said. Her only companions most days besides her husband, Sean Bohman, were her three dogs:...

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Beast friends furever: Americans spend billions on pampering their pets
Oct10

Beast friends furever: Americans spend billions on pampering their pets

Heidi Miller would do anything for her dogs.   “I can comfortably say our four dogs are our kids, and we would drain our savings to take care of them if we had to,” said Miller, who doesn’t have any human children. She isn’t alone in her enthusiasm for her pets. At her business, Woof While You Walk, which Miller runs out of her Windsor home, Upper Valley residents pay $25 a day for doggie daycare and $40 for overnight boarding with a...

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The Exit Interview: Dr. Daniel Kelly, SAVES founder and owner of Stonecliff Animal Clinic
Oct10

The Exit Interview: Dr. Daniel Kelly, SAVES founder and owner of Stonecliff Animal Clinic

Jeremy Perkins means business. Tough, professional and downright imposing in his bullet proof vest, the senior officer in charge of Lebanon’s K-9 unit doesn’t mince words when he describes the dangers dogs face searching for drugs and evidence or deterring violence. “It’s about training, loyalty, courage, and the relationship between dog and officer,” he said. But ask him about Max, the Belgian Malinois who died two years ago after a...

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Business of Agriculture: Farms offer lease on (animal) life for show time
Oct10

Business of Agriculture: Farms offer lease on (animal) life for show time

It may not seem like much of a real business deal but closer study reveals an investment proposition. Orford’s Tullando Farm, a 500-cow dairy that employs robots for milking, this summer leased prize heifer calves to a dozen 4-H Club youngsters from the vicinity to care for and then show at agricultural fairs. There’s not much of a direct economic payback to Tullando Farm, as no money is exchanged and the payment is in the work the...

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Score Stories: Country Kids Clothing bucks ‘retail apocalypse’ theory
Jul19

Score Stories: Country Kids Clothing bucks ‘retail apocalypse’ theory

While some of the country’s most prominent retailers are closing their doors due to the rise of e-commerce, Liz Joyce, owner of Country Kids Clothing, a boutique in the Power House Mall in West Lebanon, is bucking that trend. Since opening her brick-and-mortar location in July 2012, she’s turned a profit all seven years, and she’s only getting started. “People have called it ‘the retail apocalypse’ and the consumer shift to online has...

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