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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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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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: Susan Sorensen, owner of AboutFace, helps customers put best
Jul23

Exit Interview: Susan Sorensen, owner of AboutFace, helps customers put best

Susan Sorensen has been helping clients in the Upper Valley put their best face forward since 2014, when she opened AboutFace Skin Therapy in Lebanon. Enterprise caught up with Sorensen, a licensed aesthetician, to discuss skin care as part of an overall health regimen, and the challenges of marketing skin care services in the era of multi-level marketing promising miracle cures. (Responses have been lightly edited for length and...

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Made In The Upper Valley: Quechee’s F.H. Clothing pivots to mask making to keep some cash flow happening
Jul23

Made In The Upper Valley: Quechee’s F.H. Clothing pivots to mask making to keep some cash flow happening

More than 40 years ago, Joan Ecker started Fat Hat Clothing during a tough situation. She was a single mom, launching her business largely from the back of her Volvo and sewing hats beneath a tarp while her friend helped her build a home. Still, she pushed through. In the decades since, Fat Hat — now known as F.H. Clothing — grew into a big business, producing comfortable women’s clothing from its headquarters in Quechee. Yet, in 2020...

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SCORE Stories: Small businesses can adapt to survive and thrive during the pandemic with the right plan
Jul23

SCORE Stories: Small businesses can adapt to survive and thrive during the pandemic with the right plan

Our present-day situation, as they say, is fluid. If being an Upper Valley entrepreneur pre-COVID was akin to floating on a placid lake, awaiting quiet inspiration before paddling forward in a charted, safe, almost predictable direction, then our current situation can feel like navigating Colorado Class VI rapids without a paddle in the dark of night. How is the pandemic affecting small businesses in the Upper Valley? We are...

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