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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The Exit Interview: Samantha Stanford, Owner and Founder of Dirty Dog Mobile Grooming
Jul19

The Exit Interview: Samantha Stanford, Owner and Founder of Dirty Dog Mobile Grooming

Americans spent $6.6 billion on pet boarding and grooming services in 2017, according to the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association, and the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that jobs in pet grooming will grow by 11 percent through at least 2023. Add to that a 2018 American Veterinary Medical Association report that shows almost 30 percent of Vermont and 24 percent of New Hampshire households own at least one dog, and...

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The food truck industry is growing in Vt. and N.H. and shows no signs of slowing down
Jul19

The food truck industry is growing in Vt. and N.H. and shows no signs of slowing down

On a humid June night, hundreds of people waited in Lebanon’s Colburn Park to sample fares from 13 food trucks. While the patrons stood in line, generators buzzed and chefs pivoted through the hot interiors of the trucks, filling orders for everything from lobster rolls to fried cauliflower to Thai food. “It seems very popular,” said Meagan Henry, an administrative assistant with the city’s Recreation and Parks Department and...

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Business of Agriculture: Outsourcing keeps farms running efficiently
Jul19

Business of Agriculture: Outsourcing keeps farms running efficiently

Time was when Upper Valley farmers had to be able to handle just about every task related to their operation themselves — from repairing equipment to trimming animals’ hooves to fetching inputs like grain and bedding. But today it’s a different story as services and supplies come to the farm on wheels and outsourcing of more and more traditional farm tasks becomes the rule. It’s not always cheaper in the short run, but calling on...

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The HR Pro: How to cope with sudden layoff? Here’s some ideas
Jul19

The HR Pro: How to cope with sudden layoff? Here’s some ideas

Star Tribune You’ve been laid off unexpectedly and need to get a job fast. Readers offered their advice on what to do next. Before you jump into next steps, take some time to catch your breath. It’s really important to process what happened, especially if you weren’t ready for it. It would be natural to be angry, sad, afraid or a combination thereof. Don’t be hard on yourself for these feelings; just notice and let yourself feel them....

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The Exit Interview: Dr. Judith Hills
Apr19

The Exit Interview: Dr. Judith Hills

Dr. Judith Hills recalls that when she graduated from high school, not many women went on to become doctors. Still, she’d always been interested in medicine, and after her husband became a veterinarian, she decided she had what it took to become a physician. When her youngest child started first grade, Hills started medical school at Dartmouth College. She worked briefly at the Ottauquechee Health Center, when hospice was getting...

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Business of Agriculture: On the farm, the end of life is commonplace and easy
Apr19

Business of Agriculture: On the farm, the end of life is commonplace and easy

I had a volunteer on the farm once who had trouble thinning carrots. She couldn’t bear to see the little baby thinnings shriveling in the sun as we moved down the rows. She shoved a bunch into her pockets with the idea of replanting them when she got home. I don’t know how that worked out. She never came back.   Hers was an unusual case, though I think she had a fundamental insight into farming that is easy to miss: Death is...

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SCORE Stories: Brownsville Butcher & Pantry
Apr19

SCORE Stories: Brownsville Butcher & Pantry

Lauren Stevens and Peter Varkonyi had a dream and a plan. Their vision was to create Butcher & Pantry, a business that would leverage Varkonyi’s training and experience as a chef and butcher with Stevens’ business skills in farm management. They shared a passion for locally sourced food and identified a need for a combination café and retail food store, including a butcher shop, that would deliver great tasting fare with unique...

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Made in the Upper Valley: The art of taxidermy brings visions of luxury and learning to life
Apr19

Made in the Upper Valley: The art of taxidermy brings visions of luxury and learning to life

Whether it’s a carcass found in the woods, a coyote struck by a car, or the annual hunters’ take of deer, moose, bear and turkeys, death isn’t necessarily the last stop for animals in the Upper Valley. Many are restored to a semblance of their previous lives by professional taxidermists in New Hampshire and Vermont. “We memorialize these beautiful animals,” said John Matyka, owner of Jacobs Brook Taxidermy in Orford, “and in the...

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