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Group eyes Middlebury business

Posted on January 19, 2012 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The Better Middlebury Partnership (BMP) wants to hear local business owners’ views on the challenges and advantages of operating in Addison County’s shire town, so that future changes can be made to improve local commerce.

With that in mind, the BMP is circulating its second survey of the winter, this one featuring 32 questions polling Middlebury business owners on their impressions of municipal services, help they might need to become more prosperous, and what local events seem to best stimulate customer traffic.

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Shoreham Winery launches local libations

Posted on January 5, 2012 |
By Andrea Suozzo



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SHOREHAM — In the burgeoning homegrown Vermont wine market Shoreham Winery is the newest player.

But the business, which acquired its commercial winery license last year and debuted at this fall’s Tour de Farms bike event, has been percolating for seven years now, ever since owner Greg Borah planted his first vines.

“You plant the grapes and then you realize, ‘In three years’ time, I’m going to have a harvest. I’d better know what to do with it,’” Borah said.

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Brandon bookstore closes

Posted on January 5, 2012 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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BRANDON — The polished but ancient wood floors creaked with familiarity last Saturday as old friends and customers stopped by the Briggs Carriage Bookstore in downtown Brandon one last time.

Erin Keyes, 18, considers Briggs an integral part of her life. Having grown up in Brandon, some of Keyes’s earliest memories are set in the bookstore.

“Just seeing something I’ve grown up with end, it’s like part of my childhood going away,” she said, as she sat in the bench nook of the children’s section with her mom, Laura King.

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Survey eyes how well businesses in Middlebury meet local needs

Posted on December 15, 2011 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The Better Middlebury Partnership (BMP) is circulating a marketing survey to get a sense from local shoppers and merchants about how the town could improve its retail, parking, restaurant and housing amenities.

The 17-question survey is based on a similar questionnaire that the University of Vermont administered in the town of Newport a few years ago. Respondents are asked to weigh in on a series of topics, including:

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Commerce secretary shares views on post-Irene economy

Posted on December 15, 2011 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — For 20 years, Otter Creek Brewing founder Lawrence Miller had joined a chorus of Addison County entrepreneurial voices pushing for government policy changes to promote business interests in Vermont.

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Geiger trims Midd workforce to three

Posted on December 12, 2011 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Clothing maker Geiger of Austria earlier this month cut five positions at its Middlebury facility at 38 Pond Lane, bringing its total workforce — which once numbered 70 — down to three.

“We had to downsize,” said Wolfgang Miska, executive vice president of Geiger. “With such a seasonal business, it was not feasible to continue with the staff we had here.”

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Retailers see quick start to the holidays

Posted on December 1, 2011 |
By Andrew Stein



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ADDISON COUNTY — Over the past few years, Addison County retailers have been battered by a nationwide recession, stiff competition from the Internet, stressed household budgets and, this year, the crippling effects of Tropical Storm Irene.

But many local shop owners are cautiously optimistic about the holiday shopping season that they say kicked off with a bang this past weekend.

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Small biz eyes the promise of online

Posted on December 1, 2011 |
By Andrea Suozzo



Editor’s note: This is the latest in a series of articles focusing on the changing role of information technology in various sectors. The series looks beyond the push for universal broadband, asking how Internet access and the advances of technology are changing life in Addison County.

MIDDLEBURY — It wasn’t long ago that a small business owner didn’t have to worry about Facebook, Twitter, Yelp, OpenTable, FourSquare, TripAdvisor, or even maintaining a website.

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Wyre Wheel seeks O.K. for large shredder

Posted on December 1, 2011 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — New England Quality Service LLC (NEQS) is seeking zoning permission to acquire a large metal shredding device for use at its Wyre Wheel location at 4079 Route 7 south.

The shredder, according to company officials, will allow NEQS to recycle metal debris — including cars and washing machines — more quickly and efficiently.

Neighbors, meanwhile, told the Middlebury Development Review Board (DRB) on Monday that they want to make sure the new equipment doesn’t bring more noise and traffic to the area.

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Wyre Wheel seeks O.K. for large shredder

Posted on December 1, 2011 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — New England Quality Service LLC (NEQS) is seeking zoning permission to acquire a large metal shredding device for use at its Wyre Wheel location at 4079 Route 7 south.

The shredder, according to company officials, will allow NEQS to recycle metal debris — including cars and washing machines — more quickly and efficiently.

Neighbors, meanwhile, told the Middlebury Development Review Board (DRB) on Monday that they want to make sure the new equipment doesn’t bring more noise and traffic to the area.

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