New Business



City Hardware

Gordon and Debbie Winters have opened City Hardware in downtown Burlington, which last saw a hardware store 35 years ago. The store is a member of the national Ace cooperative and will occupy over 4,000 square feet on College Street across from City Hall Park. Jeff Nick and David Curley of NAI/J.L. Davis Realty assisted the Winterses and the landlord, Grandview Farms Inc. Chris Mason of Champlain Industries is the general contractor for the landlord, while Bob Duncan of Duncan Wisniewski Architects is the architect. Hours are 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 156 College St.; 651-8355


Jason Sugarman and Ron Cong announced the opening of Pokéworks, a healthy, fast-casual poke restaurant specializing in Hawaiian-inspired poke bowls and burritos, in Burlington. Sugarman and Cong own and operate seven Pokéworks franchise locations. (Poke is a traditional Native Hawaiian dish featuring diced raw fish.) The restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 40 Church St.; 658-1818;

Mumley Engineering

Tyler Mumley has opened Mumley Engineering, a full-service civil engineering firm, in Stowe. The firm provides personal service, economical in-house expertise, and goal-oriented solutions for residential, commercial, industrial, and municipal developments. Mumley has lived and worked in the Stowe area for nearly 10 years, and spearheaded the Morrisville branch office for Ruggiano Engineering, with which he intends to share workloads. 454 Mountain Road; 881-6314;

Nu Chocolat LLC

Kevin and Laura Toohey and their children Virginia and Rowan Toohey announced the opening of Nu Chocolat LLC, their 2,788-square-foot production and retail facility, in Burlington. The Tooheys formerly made chocolates for Bijou Fine Chocolate in Shelburne. They leased the Burlington space from Investors Corporation of Vermont. Tony Blake of V/T Commercial assisted both parties in the transaction. 180 Battery St., Suite 110; 540-8378;


There were no new businesses published in the February 2019 issue.



Vermonters Dan Emmons and Geoff Poulin, the principals of Wide Gamut Graphics Inc., dba FASTSIGNS-490101, have opened a FASTSIGNS franchise at 1335 Shelburne Road in South Burlington. Justin Beaudin is a graphic designer. FASTSIGNS is an international franchisor providing custom sign and graphics products. Services include sign shipping and storage, installation, permitting, graphic design, and content development. Broker Esther Lotz was Wide Gamut’s broker-consultant in obtaining the lease from E. David Crane, Trustee of the Edward B. Crane Living Trust. 1335 Shelburne Road; 391-8980;

iSun Energy

iSun Energy LLC opened its first U.S. office in Burlington. The Montreal solar technology developer selected Vermont for its proximity to the border and its innovative and environmentally conscious public policy and support for startups. iSun, associated with the Canadian firm Renewz Sustainable Solutions, founded in 2011 by its CEO, Sass Peress, develops and deploys solar-powered electric vehicle charging stations and creates solar power stations for cities, shopping malls, universities, utilities, car dealerships, and power research facilities. It rented a spot in a co-working space and is in the process of hiring workers and finding office space.•