by Paul Bousquet
Quechee Mobil, located at the junction of Rt. 4 and I-89, reopened last Friday following a devastating fire.
It was five months to the day that fire broke out within the building. Cheryl Trainor, operator of Quechee Mobil will always remember that fateful day. The interior of the building was enveloped in smoke and soot from an early morning fire rendering the building unusable. Undaunted, Trainor immersed herself in the task of completely gutting the building and rebuilding the interior better than ever. Customers are now welcomed into an inviting, bright, and clean sales area. The entire floor was replaced with new tile. Walls are painted a pleasant cool green. The dropped ceiling has been removed exposing the brightly painted high ceiling and ventilation giving the room a much more spacious and modern look. The relocated check-out counter is in the rear of the room under a faux segment of a farm silo the contrasting color of which draws attention to the check-out counter. Large windows were installed to give the building more openness and natural light.
Over the reach-in coolers that form an ell along two walls will be a series of two dozen or more large historical images from the Hartford Historical Society depicting earlier life in the region.
Cheryl was determined to reopen what she terms the “gateway to Woodstock” in time for the Memorial Day weekend. While the Briar Rose Deli, named for the Briar Rose Farm that once occupied the site, is still a work in progress, thanks to Cheryl’s resolve, the bulk of the business is once again welcoming visitors and residents. The deli, expected to be open mid-July, will be offering pizza, sandwiches, paninis and subs. Picnic tables beside the station as well as tables and chairs just inside the front doors will offer a welcome respite for travelers.
Estes and Gallup of Lyme, NH was the prime contractor who played a key role in helping Cheryl in reopening Quechee Mobil in a timely manner.
Woodstock Historical Society Hosting Vermont Author
Building a more self-reliant community is the subject of a new book co-authored by Montpelier town planner, Gwen Hallsmith. She will explain about building local economies and discuss her book Creating Wealth, Growing Local Economies with Local Currencies at the Dana Library at the Woodstock Historical Society on Saturday, June 11 from 4–5:30 PM. The event, jointly sponsored by The Yankee Bookshop and Shiretown Books, will have Hallsmith’s book for sale. Proceeds from the book sale will be donated to Sustainable Woodstock’s Think Local First campaign.
The public is cordially invited to attend this free event.
Giggles Children’s Clothing Launches Website
Ann Richter opened Giggles Children’s Clothing in Woodstock seven years ago in 2004. According to Ann, the 51 Central Street store has thrived not only because she is a mother of two children but she pays careful attention to what her customers want. She says, “I constantly seek out the best designed pieces and I try to buy mainly from small, family owned companies like mine. Quality products and customer service are the most important aspects of doing business for me.” With this in mind, Giggles has created a new website, www.giggles4kids.com designed to provide a convenient way to shop the fashion and quality products featured at Giggles Children’s Clothing. For further information, contact Ann@giggles4kids.com or call 802-457-5700.
Vermont Farmstead Cheese Co. Pays Off Mortgage
The Vermont Farmstead Cheese Company, the first community-owned artisan cheese and dairy firm in the state, has successfully raised $1.6 million in second- round capital funding through the sale of company stock. This infusion of capital has enabled the company to retire the seller-held mortgage of $1 million, leaving the real property debt-free. The remaining funds are earmarked for plant improvement and expansion. The company has been successful in raising nearly $2.2 million in capital funding since its founding in 2009 the purpose of which was a community-based effort to preserve rural life in South Woodstock.
Golf & Ski Honored as Best of New England Alpine Ski Shop
At the annual meeting of New England Winter Sports Representatives (NEWSR), Golf & Ski Warehouse was named recipient of the 2011 NEWSR Best of New England Alpine Ski Shop Award. Golf & Ski Warehouse was recognized for outstanding retail support, growth and innovation in the New England marketplace. Golf & Ski Warehouse, locally owned and established in 1989, has four locations in West Lebanon, Greenland, and Hudson, NH, and in Scarborough, Maine. In addition to its ski and snowboard business, Golf & Ski Warehouse carries the largest inventory of name-brand golf clubs, equipment and accessories in both Maine and New Hampshire. For more information, call 603-298-8282.
New Job Bank Coordinator at Woodstock Area Job Bank
Woodstock Job Bank’s new coordinator, Elizabeth Craib recently addressed the Woodstock Rotary Club on the status of the job bank. Last winter, Craib succeeded the retiring Bev Moodie who was the face of the Woodstock Job Bank for decades. Thanks to a gift of computers by the Vermont Standard, Craib has computerized records, and those seeking jobs can source information. A website has also been established to serve both workers and those seeking help. The site lists part-time, full-time, and one-time opportunities. Craib has also designed registration forms for workers so that potential employers can assess potential employees. “We don’t screen people. We get as much information as we can and references that we provide to employers to check. The screening process is left to the worker and employer,” explained Craib. The purpose of the job bank is simply to bring together people in need of work with those who need help. The Woodstock Job Bank is a non-profit organization funded by donations from the towns of Barnard, Bridgewater, Pomfret, and Woodstock, as well as private donations. Established in 1974, its office is located on the second floor of Woodstock Town Hall. Last year, over 600 people were helped in seeking jobs or seeking help.
Board member Mary McVey explained, “This is what many people consider a treasured resource in the Woodstock community.” For more information, visit www.woodstockjobbank.org or call 802-457-3835.
The purpose of this column is to primarily recognize what is happening in the business community. You may reach Paul Bousquet via e-mail at Paulbousquet@comcast.net or by phone at 802-299-5265
This article first appeared in the June 3rd print edition of the Vermont Standard.