New Business


Michelle Marketing Strategies

Jennifer Michelle announced the opening of Michelle Marketing Strategies, a consultancy specializing in marketing companies in the health care technology sector, in Fairfax. Michelle helps healthcare tech businesses by conducting comprehensive audits of their marketing strategies or acting as an outsourced member of their teams. She was marketing director at OpenTempo, a health care tech company in Williston, and has recently been director of email marketing for Pinnacle Creative Studio in New York. 310-0130;

Samuel Stoyak, M.D.

Samuel Stoyak, M.D., opened a primary care internal medicine practice in South Burlington. He earned his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and completed his residency in internal medicine at The University of Vermont Medical Center, where he served as chief resident. He is a board-certified internist and is affiliated with The UVM Medical Center and Central Vermont Medical Center. 43 Timber Lane; 448-3759,

The MINT – Rutland’s Makerspace

The MINT – Rutland’s Makerspace is a nonprofit with a shared workshop and classroom for anyone interested in making things. MINT members include hobbyists, DIY enthusiasts, educators, students, entrepreneurs, and nonprofit and for-profit companies. Beyond being a workshop with all the tools, it is a community of people sharing their knowledge, experience, and ideas. The organizer is the Rutland Economic Development Corp. 112 Quality Lane; 772-7087;



Elm Place Senior Housing

Cathedral Square announced the opening of Elm Place, an affordable senior residence, in Milton. The facility has 30 one-bedroom apartments and provides free SASH (support and services at home) services to residents. It features laundry facilities, discounted cable rates, a secure entry, large common rooms with fireplace and kitchen, and central air. It is the first multifamily building in the state built to passive house energy standards. Rent includes heat, air conditioning, hot water, laundry, and electricity. 60 Bombardier Road; 859-8883.

Home Care Assistance

Tom and Stacy Lee have opened Home Care Assistance of Greater Burlington. Tom is business operations manager, and Stacy is client care manager. The company provides hourly and live-in services that allow seniors to remain safely in their homes. Caregivers use a holistic approach that encourages independence and engages clients in physical, mental, and social activities in addition to assisting with meal preparation, personal hygiene, and transportation. The company serves clients in Chittenden, Grand Isle, Addison, Lamoille, Washington, and Franklin counties. 4 Pearl St., Essex Junction, Suite 104; 876-7258;


Konrad Prefab

Konrad Prefab opened its new manufacturing facility in the Robert S. Jones Industrial Center in Springfield. Konrad specializes in the design and production of modular and display units, and its initial product line is lactation suites, which will be distributed by Burlington-based Mamava. The suites will be installed in public facilities around the country to support nursing mothers. David Jaacks is president of Konrad Prefab, and Sascha Mayer is CEO and co-founder of Mamava.

Club Fitness

Club Fitness celebrated its opening in Rutland. The company calls itself a “new option in fitness,” open to people of all ages and conditions, and offers top-level personal training, classes, nutrition counseling, and no contracts. Sean Manovill is the owner. 275 N. Main St; 776-4034; 683-7160;

Hampton by Hilton St. Albans

American Resort Management announced the opening of its new Hampton by Hilton in downtown St. Albans. Maureen Brown was named general manager. She is a past president of the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce. The hotel was developed by Peak CM. It includes 84 guest rooms and features free hot breakfasts, a 24-hour business center, indoor swimming pool, fitness center, and meeting space. 528-5020. •


Addison Residential

Michael Gingras opened Addison Residential LLC in Middlebury. The company specializes in residential design, management, consulting, and millwork for clients throughout the Northeast. The team includes eight former employees of Connor Homes, which closed suddenly in December of last year. 16 Creek Road, Suite 5; 388-7077;

Karlise Fine Jewelers

Michael Archambault announced the opening of Karlise Fine Jewelers in Burlington. A certified gemologist, Archambault worked at Fremeau Jewelers for 30 years, as a bench jeweler and store manager. The store, located in the space formerly occupied by Fremeau, is named for his two daughters, Kara and Elise. 78 Church St.; 658-0333;

Onion River Press

Michael DeSanto and Renee Reiner, the owners of Phoenix Books Burlington, have launched Onion River Press, geared toward promoting the voices of local authors. Services range from basic printing and distribution to a launch event at a Phoenix Books location and distribution in its five stores around the state. The company will provide authors access to editors and designers to ensure that the finished product is competitive with the quality of traditionally published titles. It will be run by Tod Gross, the Burlington store manager, and Rachel Fisher, who will act as publishing manager. 191 Bank St.; 448-3350; •


STEAMworks Preschool

Heartworks Preschools of Shelburne announced the opening of STEAMworks Preschool, with capacity for 45 children, in Essex. The program, designed for children from 2 to 5 years of age, will introduce them to science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics. The school builds on three years of work providing an afternoon STEAM curriculum in the Heartworks Preschools. The new school offers a full-day program. 51 Center Road; 951-1827;;


David Weaver, a marketing strategist in Underhill, announced the opening of AccessCMO LLC, a marketing consultancy offering advice to growing businesses on an ad hoc basis without the added overhead of a full-time CMO (chief marketing officer). Weaver made his announcement while giving a speech to attendees of the South by Southwest Interactive conference in Austin, Texas. Weaver was working remotely in Vermont for a Kansas City, Missouri, advertising firm. 47 Jackson Hill Road; (206) 854-7750; •


Willow House

Jessica Humphrey has opened Willow House in Shelburne. The shop had been located inside the Vintage Inspired Market Place in Burlington. Willow House sells antiques, vintage items, and treasures of all kinds. 11 Falls Road; 489-5571;

BNI Vermont

Vickie Wacek, executive director of BNI Vermont (Business Networking International), announced the launch of a Montpelier chapter, the 12th to open in the state. The Heart of Vermont BNI leadership team consists of Gabe LaJeunesse of Edward Jones, the founding president; Shawn Shouldice McShane, Capital Connections LLC, founding vice president; Sarah Lipton, The Presence Point, founding secretary/treasurer; Dan Swider, BNI Vermont chapter launch director; and Jackie DesLauriers, BNI Vermont director consultant. Meetings are held every Friday from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at the Christ Episcopal Church at 64 State St.;

Oak Hill Wellness

Oak Hill Wellness, a collective of counseling and healing practitioners, opened in South Burlington. Megan Poor, LICSW; Molly Madore, MA; Angela Vogel Arigo, LCMHC; Katie Hoar, LICSW; and Leah Barth, MA, offer individual and group counseling services. Nina Kalantari, CMT, and Althea Beagley, LMT, offer a range of healing bodywork. 54 West Twin Oaks Terrace, Unit 12. •


TLC HomeCare Services

TLC HomeCare Services, which provides personalized home care services, opened in Rutland. TLC offers in-home personal senior care, homemaking, companionship, medication management, and nursing supervision plus other services in the hospital, nursing homes, and other places of residence. The Rutland Region Chamber of Commerce organized the opening celebration. 65 North Main St., Suite 1; 353-3333;

Serene Country Cabins

Craig and Jennifer Fowler are the builders and owners of Serene Country Cabins in Hyde Park. They have worked three years preparing their 12-acre wooded property for vacation rentals. The staff at Capstone Community Action’s Micro Business Development Program helped with the business plan process. Vermont Economic Development Authority and the Vermont State Employees Credit Union V-BIZ provided financing. Two cabins are ready for guests, and two more are under construction. 302 Brook Road; 793-4995; •


Blue Cottage

Blue Cottage, a home décor and gift store, opened in Hinesburg near the Bristol Bakery and Kinney Pharmacy. Offerings include vintage furniture, lighting, mirrors, stained glass windows, curios, and hand-crafted products from 18 Vermont artisans, such as jewelry, pottery, cards, knitwear, cloth bags, woven goods, candles, and herbal personal care products. The owner is Ginny Couture. Open Wednesday through Sunday. 30 Kailey’s Way; 799-2168; •


Hampton by Hilton St. Albans

American Resort Management will open the Hampton by Hilton St. Albans in the spring with 84 guest rooms. It will feature Hampton Inn’s signature free hot breakfast, a 24-hour business center, indoor swimming pool, fitness center, and meeting space. Maureen Brown, former president of the Franklin County Chamber, was hired as general manager. 42 Lake St.; 528-5020. •