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The Southern Pie Cafe in Chester, Vermont is More Than Just Pies!

CHESTER, VERMONT - Just imagine the smell of homemade pie, as fresh as the crisp Vermont air where it is baked, because that is what you will enjoy at the unique and friendly Southern Pie Café, located at 94 Common St. in Chester. Combining southern Dixie flavors with local ingredients, owners Scott and Leslie Blair are bringing these tasty desserts along with many other baked and luncheon delights, and serving breakfast, lunch, and coffee to their loyal customers every day. "As with many 'mom and pop' shops, you will most likely see me and or my wife in the shop everyday," owner Scott Blair said in a recent interview.
Article by Joe Milliken * Photos courtesy of Southern Pie Cafe

Article by Joe Milliken * Photos courtesy of Southern Pie Cafe

Originally from Charleston, S.C., Leslie met her husband, Scott who is originally from Lebanon, N.H., when they both worked at a Vermont bakery where she was the head baker. Leslie is a graduate of Johnson & Wales University and has over 20 years of experience in the food industry, while Scott has 15 years of experience in retail sales, technology, and business management. When Scott was lucky enough to taste one of Leslie’s traditional southern pies, the rest, as they say, was history!

Local Photographer Hynes Opens New Studio, Hosts Opening Exhibit

BELLOWS FALLS, VERMONT – Local photographer, Gail Hynes, recently opened a new photography studio, located just off The Square at 33 Bridge Street in Bellows Falls. The studio is shared with other talented local artists including painter Charlie Hunter and Chris Sherwood of Sherwin Art Glass, as well as radio and Stage 33 Live. Gail Hynes Photography, officially launched in early September with a grand opening reception and photography exhibit.

Article by Joe Milliken * Photos courtesy of Gail Hynes

Enjoying photography for a decade, Hynes started out by photographing the outdoors and animals for fun. “I was having empty nest syndrome so I bought a camera on a whim," Hynes said in a recent interview. "This brought me to the farms and fields, beautiful sunsets and then, local events.”

Hynes received encouragement and gained confidence through her various photog friends and admiring the work of other artists. “Linda Eastman McCartney is my favorite photographer. She was not only a gifted musician, but a talented photographer that extended way beyond shooting photos of the Beatles.

The Guitar Doctor Is In! Welcome to Tommy Graves’ Vermont Guitarworks Hospital

JEFFERSONVILLE, VERMONT – Welcome to the Vermont Guitarworks Hospital, with the "guitar doctor" Tommy Graves at your service! Opened in 2011, and with over 30 years of experience (and even more as a guitar player) in guitar repair, restoration and customization, Graves’ “guitar hospital” is a full-service customization and repair shop specializing in vintage guitar restoration.

Article by Joe Milliken * Photos courtesy of Vermont Guitarworks Hospital

Owned and operated by the master craftsman and luthier, Graves, he offers a wide range of services, including setups to full restorations, and everything in between. From fretwork, custom nuts and saddles in bone, custom bridges, neck resets and brace-work, to structural repairs, electronic work, pick-up and fretboard replacement and custom electronic wiring and mods. You name it, and the Vermont Guitar Hospital can do it!

So, how exactly did Graves come about learning his craft of repairing and restoring guitars?

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.

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

“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.

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