May 27, 2018

THE HUB: Hub happenings

Vermont’s first clinical spa opens in Williston

South Burlington residents Susan Dodge and Kimberly Evans have opened a clinical spa in Williston, located at 20 Winter Sport Lane, Suite 155. The new wellness center offers “a holistic and integrative approach to helping clients reach their peak potential,” according to a press release. Clients will have access to physical therapy, nutrition counseling, athletic training, mindset coaching, personal training and massage therapy.

The wellness center is a collaboration between Whole Health Nutrition and Peak Physical Therapy.

Vermont Custom Closets awarded

Williston-based Vermont Custom Closets won the 2013 Creative Edge Award last week.

The Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce and Free Press Media came together to develop the award, which recognizes the innovative businesses that make Vermont a great place to begin and grow 21st century jobs.

“A year ago, Vermont Custom Closets was nothing more than an idea, a dream,” co-owner Todd Warren said. “We have accomplished so much.”

DEW Construction Corp. awarded

DEW Construction Corp. announced earlier this month that it has received two Awards of Merit from trade magazine Engineering News-Record for the University of Vermont Redstone Lofts Project.

The Redstone Lofts project received the awards in the category of Hospitality/Housing and Safety. Juries of local prominent industry professionals select the winning projects.

In October, DEW won gold at the Vision Awards ceremony at Constructech’s 2013 Vision Awards in the Builder/GC Commercial $101 million to $250 million category. The Constructech Vision Awards acknowledge companies that have stayed up to date on the latest trends and products. DEW received this award for its implementation of a web-based document management and workflow software, Prolog Converge, on a large scale project.

AllEarth Renewables hires Cooke

AllEarth Renewables announced the recent hiring of Carolyn Cooke, co-founder of women’s outdoor clothing company Isis, as director of sales and marketing.

Cooke is also the former vice president of sales for the Outdoor Division of Karhu/Merrell Footwear and a certified executive coach who has worked as a business consultant for a variety of non-profits around the state.

Cornell joins Alzheimer’s Association

Jessie Cornell recently joined the Alzheimer’s Association, Vermont Chapter as the community outreach specialist. Cornell will work to promote awareness, increase education and augment the support services available to those impacted by Alzheimer’s or a related dementia.

Hunters spend $292 million in Vermont

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department reported that hunters spend more than $292 million in Vermont annually, according to a survey by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. Census Bureau.

“More than $39 million is spent on travel, such as dining, lodging, transportation and similar expenses,” said Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Patrick Berry. “Another $190 million is spent on equipment, and more than $62 million is spent on other items.”

In 2012, more than 74,000 people purchased Vermont hunting licenses, including 64,589 residents and 9,428 nonresidents.

new staff at Habitat Restore

Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity recently announced two new hires.

Rachel Venooker and Bruce Andrews have been hired as assistant managers for the Habitat ReStore in Williston. Venooker was a shift supervisor for Rite Aid Pharmacy and Andrews was the events and group sales manager at Shelburne Museum prior to joining Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity.


Williston-based IT company DominionTech Inc. recently announced that Meagan Meehan has joined its team as help desk manager. Most recently, Meehan was with The Tech Group as managed services director.

DominionTech also announced the promotion of Jeremy Wandasiewicz to network engineer. Wandasiewicz has been with DominionTech for more than seven years.

Layman, others promoted

PC Construction announced the promotion of three of its employee-owners. Mike Franzoni, Chip LaBonte and Chet Layman have each been appointed to the role of project executive.

Williston resident Chet Layman, an 18-year veteran, began his career as a project engineer and quickly advanced through the ranks before his promotion to senior project manager. As a project executive, Layman will take on responsibility for the company’s special project initiatives.

Williston Ninety Nine raises money for school

The Ninety Nine Restaurant & Pub in Williston celebrated its 10th anniversary on Nov. 6 with an event that generated more than $1,100 for Williston Central School.

Funds were raised for the school through raffle ticket sales, and a percentage of the restaurant’s total net sales that entire day were donated.

Home Builders and Remodelers Association announces winners

Home Builders and Remodelers Association of Northern Vermont announced its Better Homes Award winners earlier this month. Among the winners was Williston-based Prime Renovation Group, which won in the Best Renovated Bathroom category. Sam Gervais of Prime Renovation Group was named Remodeler of the Year. Snyder Homes won in the Best Condominium category. For a full list of winners, visit

IBM Vermont facility awarded

IBM’s Vermont facility has received a Most Valuable Pollution Prevention award from the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable for developing a manufacturing process that reduces IBM’s greenhouse gas use by nearly 12,000 metric tons annually. The awards are presented each year to celebrate the successes of innovators in the areas of pollution prevention and sustainability.

IBM was recognized for making an improvement in the manufacturing process used to etch circuitry on microchips produced for use in cell phones and other mobile products.


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