Business Notes

Pop-Up Coworking returns to Hinesburg Tuesday
Calling all at-home, small-office and mobile workers: The Osborne Parish House adjacent to the United Church of Hinesburg turns into your office for the day and a place to make new connections. Wayne Maceyka of Coworking in the Country has organized another session from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Bring your laptop, enjoy Bristol Bakery snacks, Brio Coffeeworks Coffee, and get working.

The space has rooms available for use as more private settings for sensitive phone calls or person-to-person conversations. Attend for the day or just some of it. Suggested donation is $10 to cover costs, but not necessary.
Attendees of coworking events are typically work-at-home professionals, independent contractors, even frequent travelers (sometimes called “digital nomads”), with flexible schedules who often work in isolation. Coworking includes social and professional gathering to share ideas, make connections and achieve goals. For more info and to RSVP, visit vermontcoworking.eventbrite.com, call 585-0909, or email info@hinesburghub.com.

Women Business Owners look to using video
The Burlington chapter of Women Business Owners Network Vermont meets Wednesday, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Zen Gardens Chinese Restaurant, 7 Fayette Drive, South Burlington.

The topic for the session is video and how to incorporate it into your business. Tara Pereira of Marketing Partners will share examples and ideas on using video as a marketing tool for your business goals no matter your budget. Information: 503-0219.

Shelburne-based beauty company opens Stowe boutique  
As it nears its three-year anniversary, the organic skincare business be. Skin Clinic in Shelburne village on Saturday opens a second location on at 25 Main Street in Stowe named be. Natural Beauty. Both businesses are owned by Rachel Ahari and feature natural, chemical-free cosmetics, hair- and skin-care products. From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., the grand opening will have gifts, prizes and light snacks for visitors.

Gardener’s Supply adds third retail store with N.H. nursery
Gardener’s Supply Company, the employee-owned Burlington-based purveyor of garden gear, is acquiring a garden center located in Lebanon, N.H. Longacres’ Nursery Center in the Upper Valley has been in the Longacre family for more than 40 years and it will become the Vermont company’s third retail center.

“It was time to sell,” said Joe Longacre, one of three brothers who own the business and plan to retire.

In addition to its mail and online catalog business, Gardener’s Supply Company has retail outlets in Williston and Burlington. Gardener’s Supply President Jim Feinson said his company looked for a new partner with a long track record and good reputation.

Joe Longacre said he was pleased that Gardener’s is employee-owned and community-minded.  “We like the company’s culture of giving back to the community.” In addition to encouraging employee volunteerism, Gardener’s donates 8 percent of all profits to charitable causes with a gardening connection.

Gardener’s will take over Longacre’s operation in January and adapt its model to the new market and customer base. “We’re going to figure out what works best for the store. We’re not going to go in there and do exactly what we do in Burlington. Different communities ask for different things, and so we’ll listen to the customers and adapt to what they want,” said Gardener’s retail manager Pat Pearsall.

Williston’s Goodwill store has moved down the street
The Williston Goodwill store has relocated and expanded just down the street to 64 Harvest Lane, the former Buttered Noodles store space.

The shift will add six new jobs and double the size of the sales floor, adding more space to shop, more inventory and fitting rooms; outside will have a larger parking area and donation drop-off space. The new store also will have a sitting area where customers may listen to vinyl records that are for sale, according to Kossi Gamedah, the senior vice president of retail for Goodwill.

Business association chips in for Howard Center Outreach Team
The Burlington Business Association recently raised $700 for the Howard Center’s Street Outreach Team at its recent “Hang Ten” Summer Social. This year’s event was surf themed, and included a unique “Hang Ten”
fundraiser to benefit the Howard Center Street
Outreach team. Guests hung their donations on a line at the event. Everyone who participated was entered in
a raffle, with prizes handed out at the end of the
night. This year’s raffle raised $610, with an additional $90 donation made by the BBA to
bring the total raised to $700. The Howard Center Street
Outreach Team assists those with mental health,
substance abuse, homelessness, and unmet social service needs.

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