Business Notes

Hinesburg jewelry consultant renews gem society certification Phillip Bosen, of Bosen Associates LLC in Hinesburg, recently completed his annual American Gem Society recertification. This mandatory exam was developed to maintain a standard of professional credentials, demonstrating a commitment to the society’s mission of consumer protection and ethical standards. The exam covers new developments in the… Read More »

Shelburne firm invests in spirits

Shelburne-based venture capital fund FreshTracks Capital announced recently that it will be invest in Caledonia Spirits, a rapidly growing Vermont distillery that produces Barr Hill Gin, Tom Cat Gin, and Barr Hill Vodka. “The craft spirits trend is still early in its development, similar to where craft beer was 10 or 20 years ago,” said… Read More »

Tax reform spurs Citizens Financial Group to give out $1,000 bonuses to employees

In the wake of new federal tax-reform legislation, Citizens Financial Group recently announced that it will distribute year-end $1,000 cash bonuses to approximately 12,500 employees. Based in Providence, R.I., the parent company to Citizens Bank said the investment will cost the company $12.5 million and will cover more than 70 percent of its workforce. Company… Read More »

Local pet food entrepreneur gets national recognition for freeze-dried dog meals

A South Burlington entrepreneur has been recognized by Pet Business magazine for the development of freeze-dried bland diet pet products. Kyla Sternlieb is founder and president of Under the Weather. She said her efforts were recognized by the trade publication, which highlights a handful of innovative new products each year. “We are honored to be… Read More »

Phoenix Books makes a New Year’s resolution: no more plastic bags

Michael DeSanto’s New Year’s resolution for Phoenix Books is to make the business a plastic bag-free zone. As of Jan. 1, the Vermont-based independent bookstore chain – with locations in Essex, Burlington, Rutland and Chester – has quit handing out plastic bags at their checkout counters. The alternatives are recycled/recyclable paper bags or reusable totes… Read More »

Gift shop Arabesque on ‘25 Gifted Retailers’ list

Shelburne boutique Arabesque has been selected by Gifts and Decorative Accessories magazine as one of its “25 Gifted Retailers” in the U.S. for 2017. The magazine is a leading trade publication for the retail giftware industry with a circulation serving retailers, manufacturers and vendors. It publishes the annual list to recognize independent gift stores that… Read More »

Legislators honored as ‘Climate Champions’

Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility recently honored two dozen Vermont House members as ‘Climate Champions’ for their efforts to grow the economy and create green jobs by putting a price on carbon pollution. “Vermont spends nearly $2 billion each year on fossil fuels and most of that money leaves our local economy and goes right… Read More »

King Street Center recognizes Shelburne supporters

Two Shelburne community members recently were honored by the King Street Center. Philanthropist Lisa Steele is a long-time supporter of the youth center in Burlington, particularly its the Kids on the Ball tennis program. Joan Furchgott and Brad Sourdiffe of Shelburne’s Furchgott Sourdiffe Gallery and their daughter, Jozie Furchgott Sourdiffe were also recognized for the… Read More »

Shelburne man named a “Super Lawyer”

Unsworth LaPlante, PLC announced that Stephen A. Unsworth of Shelburne has been selected for the 2017 Super Lawyers List, ranking him among the top estate planning and probate lawyers in New England. Ellen B. LaPlante was selected as a New England Super Lawyers Rising Star of 2017.