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New Business: Taverne On The Square Opens In Downtown Claremont, New Hampshire

CLAREMONT, NEW HAMPSHIRE – Purchased a short couple months ago by new owners, Mike and Christine Charest, the Taverne on the Square – formerly New Socials Bar and Grill – opened its doors on July 14 and is located in the Oscar Brown Building at the corner of Pleasant Street and Opera House Square in downtown Claremont, New Hampshire.

Article by Joe Milliken * Photos courtesy of Taverne On The Square

Stemming from the owners' French background, the Taverne on the Square offers delicious appetizers, entrees and desserts, all prepared with fresh ingredients daily and served in a comfortable atmosphere which feels like visiting a traditional French taverne. The previous New Socials establishment had been in business for seven years and the owners, who also own the Revolution Cantina located on The Square in Claremont, recently sold the restaurant to the Carests because they are moving to Florida for personal reasons and to open a second Revolution Cantina restaurant.

Welcome to So.802 Recording Studios

SPRINGFIELD, VERMONT – Welcome to So.802 Studios, a brand-new recording facility based in the Southern Vermont town of Springfield and launched by local hip-hop artists John Keefe and Brad Veysey, also known as Causin' Effect. The lyricist, Keefe (AKA Jibba the Gent) and drummer/producer, Veysey, (AKA Vazy) chose Springfield (where they both went to high school) for their studio location as to help create a better atmosphere and a new option for the younger generation in their hometown.

Article by Joe Milliken * Photos courtesy of S0.802 Studios

No one understands the importance of “better options” more than Veysey, who in 2010, encountered his own problems with the law. Luckily, however, the duo have found a new path in life and are now using their musical talents to not only create opportunity in their own lives, but to hopefully help others find their own path of opportunity as well.

The Brattleboro School of Budo: Celebrating 20 Years of Life Training Through a Balance of Body, Mind and Spirit.

BRATTLEBORO, VERMONT – Originally launched in 1995 by Kyoshi Patrick Donohue, the Brattleboro School of Budo is currently celebrating 20 years of successfully guiding students through a unique mix of traditional martial arts training, along with a variety of other training options which offers something for everyone to explore and enjoy.

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“I started training in 1976 and the school was originally established in 1995,” Patrick Donohue said in an exclusive, Standing Room Only interview. “Our training methods are second to none in the area and our training space – we've been at our current location for 10 years - is amazing and versatile... always clean and well organized.”

Mach One Pro Sound Reinforcement Delivers Music To Your Ears

SPRINGFIELD, VERMONT – Launched in 2012 by sound engineer, Steve Lafoe, Mach One Pro Sound Reinforcement is an event production company based in Southern Vermont, specializing in live sound production for mostly intimate-to-medium sized events throughout the New England area. Mach One strives to meet the needs of each client with the most effective and reliable equipment available to fulfill the job.

Article by Joe Milliken * Photos courtesy of Mach One Pro Sound Reinforcement

Originally from Claremont, New Hampshire and now residing in Springfield, Vermont, Lafoe has been around music all his life and is a musician himself. “It can easily be said that I was born loving music... it’s in my genes,” Steve said in a recent SRO interview. “I am lucky enough to have been born into a talented musical family that allowed me every opportunity to grow as a musician.

The Bar Professional is Here to Teach the Fine Art of Bartending, Beverage Industry!

LOS ANGELES - Picture yourself behind the bar.... mixing drinks, meeting new people and creating an atmosphere that simply makes it a better day for all involved... all while getting paid to be a social butterfly! Yes, this can be you and it’s easier to make it all happen than one might think.

Article by Joe Milliken * Photos courtesy of Kyle Branche and Kellie Nicholson

Meet the professional bar consultants and staff training experts Kyle Branche and Kellie Nicholson, the creators of Bar Professional, an online training program designed to teach you the fine art of bartending as well as the business side of the beverage industry. With a combined 60 years of industry experience coast-to-coast, Kyle and Kellie have systematically created formulas that are setting new industry standards.

So how did these friends enter the bar professional and beverage field and come about creating this unique, online training program?

The Custom Jewelry Creations of Silver Impressions

KEENE, NEW HAMPSHIRE – With over two decades of experience in the field, Anna King has developed a keen knowledge in all aspects of hand-crafted jewelry; designer and creator, wholesale sales and now, retail store owner. Not only has she developed Anna King Jewelry, her own line of custom hand-made jewelry, but also now owns and operates Silver Impressions, a unique jewelry and gift shop located on West Street in Keene, New Hampshire.

Article by Joe Milliken * Photos courtesy of Silver Impressions

So, one may ask, how did Anna's journey into the world of jewelry come to be?

“I’ve been working with jewelry for more than 25 years, with my first experience in the field working at a small jewelry company in Southern Vermont,” Anna King said in an exclusive, SRO interview. “It was during that time where I discovered the raw beauty of metal and stones coming together... the shine, designs and intricacy coupled with the delicate workmanship truly captured me.

The Flat Iron Exchange in Bellows Falls, Vermont

BELLOWS FALLS, VERMONT – A unique and intimate cafe, with an equally unique name – Flat Iron Coffee Exchange – recently opened its doors on The Square in Bellows Falls, Vermont. Opened in April by owners Jana Bryan and Mark Kenney, Flat Iron Exchange offers not only great coffees, teas, natural soft drinks and homemade bakery goods, but it is also creates an intimate, artistic open space for music events and local artists to exhibit their art works.

Article by Joe Milliken * Photos courtesy of Flat Iron Echange

Indeed, Flat Iron strongly promotes a feeling of community and promoting and showcasing local musicians, bands and visual artists. “The concept for starting the business came about from thinking what we were interested in doing and combining that with what people seemed to think the town needed,” Jana Bryan said in a recent exclusive, Standing Room Only interview.

Brattleboro School of Budo: Training for Life Through a Balance of Body, Mind and Spirit.

BRATTLEBORO, VT. – Launched in 1995 and now located at 464 Putney Road in Brattleboro, Vermont, the Brattleboro School Of Budo offers a unique mix of traditional martial arts training including Shorin-ryu and Goju-ryu Katate (empty hand defense), Hakkoryu Jujutsu, AikiBudo and Tomiki Aikido (grappling defense), Kobudo (Okinawan and Japanese weapons) and Shiatsu (Eastern massage), along with a variety of other training options including fencing, women’s self-defense, basic pistol training, home firearm safety and private children’s lessons revolving around self-defense against bullying.

Article by Joe Milliken * Photos courtesy of Brattleboro School of Budo

So, what exactly is budo, you might ask (this writer did)? Budo is a compound of the root “bu,” meaning war or martial; and “do,” meaning the path or way. The term refers to the concept of formulating propositions, subjecting them to philosophical critique and then, following a path to realize them. “Do” in the Japanese context, signifies “way of life,” an experimental term in the sense that practice (way of life) verifies the validity of the discipline. The modern budo has no external enemy, but only the internal enemy – fighting one’s own ego.

The Deliciousness of Drew's All Natural

CHESTER, VERMONT – When a specialty food company’s motto is “Chef created, Nature inspired,” you just know that it’s going to taste good… and Drew’s All Natural products not only taste good, but they are also good for you. Of course, this writer knows first-hand, having had the pleasure of tasting these delicious, all-natural salsas and dressings on several occasions and believe me, the taster will not be disappointed.

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Established by renowned Chef Drew Starkweather in 1995 and now based in Chester, Vermont since 1999, Drew’s produces the highest quality, all-natural and organic salad dressings, salsas and marinades. The recipes are uniquely crafted by Chef Drew and from the outset, his mantra has always been to “offer products that are chef-created and nature-inspired, using quality natural ingredients.”

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