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The NEW Art World (Let’s Face It)

The art industry has had a tendency to cling to tradition but if you’ve been hiding behind your gallery door wondering when things are going to get back to “normal”, you’ll be waiting awhile.

Best House on the Block: Secrets to Great Curb Appeal

It takes seconds to form a first impression. Ask yourself this — what kind of first impression is your home making? Is your yard helping or hurting you in getting top dollar this home buying season?

Vermont Maple Festival

Winter is finally losing its grip, the Green Mountains are “greening,” the hard work of sugaring is mostly over, and there is new syrup to sample, sell, and enjoy! On April 26, 27, and 28, head to downtown St. Albans for the 47th annual Vermont Maple Festival.

10 Tips for Office Parties

Ending a year of layoffs, cutbacks, and no annual raises or bonuses, this season many office managers and business owners are looking for new ways to fittingly acknowledge and thank employees for their service throughout the year. Recognizing that it is difficult to justify party expenses during these tough economic times, the office party planner needs to become creative. Entertaining expert Dawn Bryan offers the best solutions for office entertaining.

O’Brien Brothers Agency, Inc.

Serving the Community In 1958, Daniel and Leo O’Brien had a vision of community that became O’Brien Brothers Agency, a real estate development and management company with roots in the Greater Burlington area. For half a century, they’ve provided people with places to live and run their businesses. In addition to rental housing and apartments for seniors, low-income, and disabled persons, O’Brien Brothers offers lots for building your dream home. Committed to excellence, personalized service, and environmentally sound development, they care about how their projects are built and maintained. O’Brien Brothers and their skilled team are all about quality real estate, professional management, and strong tenant relationships; their properties have received  awards from the Vermont Homebuilders & Remodelers Association of Northern Vermont. Among other projects that give back to the community, O’Brien Brothers Agency sponsored cruises on Lake Champlain for the first-ever Kids Day in August 2011 put on by the Lake Champlain Maritime Festival.

My Web Grocer

CEO/founder Rich Tarrant, entrepreneur in the retail, real estate, and health care industries, started MyWebGrocer in 1999. A University of Vermont graduate and early believer in the on-line grocery business, Rich developed the company’s first generation eCommerce Platform— MyWebGrocer now ranks among Vermont’s fastest-growing companies, leading the way in digital solutions for retail groceries.

Small Dog Electronics

“Every business needs a small dog to help it grow.” That’s Small Dog Electronics’ motto. The Waitsfield, Vermont company, started in Don Mayer’s house in 1994, now employs 60 Mac lovers in two Vermont stores and one in Manchester, New Hampshire. Small Dog is the top Apple Specialist in New England—# 3 nationwide—and can fix any problem with your Mac, iPhone, iPod, or iPad.

Top Bike Shop

Earl’s Cyclery & Fitness Local business named one of the Top 100 Bicycle Stores by Bicycling Magazine Earl’s Cyclery & Fitness, founded in 1953, is a specialty retailer of bicycles and fitness equipment. Earl’s has been selected as one of the “Top 100” Bicycle Dealers in America. Stores were chosen based on customer service, inventory, and advocacy, among other criteria. For the last three years Earl’s has been chosen “Best Place to Buy a Bicycle” by Burlington Free Press Readers’ Choice Awards. Our service department, nicknamed “Home of the Bike Doctors” is certified in the most difficult of bicycle and fitness equipment repairs. Earl’s is counted on by various hotels, fitness clubs, and schools for fitness equipment repairs, including maintaining the University of Vermont fitness equipment.

Winning Showroom

Windows & Doors by Brownell Receives Award Local business recognized as Dealer of the Year Williston-based Windows & Doors by Brownell has been named a 2011 Dealer of the Year by Windows & Doors magazine. The company was recognized for Excellence in a Retail Program for their outstanding showroom.

Award-Winning Design Services

Kitchens and Interiors International With four Better Home awards since 2006, John and Barbara Campbell’s thriving business in Burlington, Vermont, Kitchens and Interiors International, is staying busy this spring in the season of home remodeling and interior design. As a young man, Campbell did not always see his future in interior design. He reflects on his past, noting, “Growing up, for as long as I can remember, I wanted to be an airline pilot.” As a young man, he took flying lessons and became a certified instructor in Santa Barbara, California. While he was teaching flying, he also found a second job. “During this time as well I also worked construction and was fascinated with the effort that goes into a finished project and the awe of seeing a job completed.” This fascination ultimately led to the success of Kitchens and Interiors International. Following his interest in construction and design, Campbell headed to Vermont to help his uncle build his home and what he thought would be a temporary visit became a permanent home. In Vermont, he bought a local kitchen business and worked to transform it into what it is today—a successful interior design business, backed up by a team that has impeccable taste and creative vision.