New Business



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. •