Granite City Groove

GRANITE CITY GROOVE: Barre Efficiency Plan Saves Energy

GRANITE CITY GROOVE: Barre Efficiency Plan Saves Energy

by Joshua Jerome BARRE — After a six month pilot period, Barre City’s energy efficiency effort is showing results. State officials set the goal of reaching 90 percent of Vermont’s energy needs from renewable resources by 2050 and Barre is doing its part to get on board with these lofty goals.At a recent meeting, Mayor […]

GRANITE CITY GROOVE: ‘The Galley’ Helps Sustain Seniors

by Joshua Jerome BARRE — There are many reasons why people commit to living their life in Vermont. Our picturesque countryside and outdoor amenities offer adventure and serenity while our small villages and towns provide opportunities for social capital creation. It’s a safe place to live, but no doubt an expensive place to live. According […]

GRANITE CITY GROOVE: Moving And Shaking Revitalizes Barre, More Redevelopment Planned

GRANITE CITY GROOVE: Moving And Shaking Revitalizes Barre, More Redevelopment Planned

by Joshua Jerome BARRE — There has been a lot of economic development work in downtown Barre over the last six years: there was the massive reconstruction project that saw the replacement of infrastructure underneath Main Street throughout historic Barre; the renovation of an entire building, Blanchard Block, which restored wooden floors and architectural details […]

GRANITE CITY GROOVE: The Importance Of Good Samaritan Homeless Shelter

GRANITE CITY GROOVE: The Importance Of Good Samaritan Homeless Shelter

by Joshua Jerome BARRE — Right around this time of year a joyous energy permeates the community as we celebrate the holidays with friends, family and colleagues. Also as we reflect on the past and anticipate the opportunities that lie ahead of us in a new year. We are all grateful for different things and […]

GRANITE CITY GROOVE: Foodrepreneurs Start Old Soul Farm

GRANITE CITY GROOVE: Foodrepreneurs Start Old Soul Farm

by Joshua Jerome This past summer the Barre Farmer’s Market began anew with a new location and day, mostly because the old guard of the market’s past simply gave up on the notion of having a market. Still, not all had lost hope. Barre’s newest and youngest farm, Old Soul Farm, is located just down […]

GRANITE CITY GROOVE: Morse Block Deli Has New Owner

GRANITE CITY GROOVE: Morse Block Deli Has New Owner

by Joshua Jerome Stefano Coppola is the new owner of Morse Block Deli and is no stranger around the kitchen. Originally developing his passion for cooking with his mother and uncle preparing at home, Coppola snagged his first cooking job at the age of 16, working at a BBQ shack down south. However, cooking was […]

GRANITE CITY GROOVE: In Appreciation Of A Board Member

GRANITE CITY GROOVE: In Appreciation Of A Board Member

by Joshua Jerome Revitalizing downtowns is challenging work and requires significant investment of financial and human capital from municipal governments and community organizations. It also requires citizen participation by serving on committees and boards. As Barre’s downtown organization, the Barre Partnership relies heavily on citizen participation and for one particular board member, Randi Dudley, this […]

GRANITE CITY GROOVE: Barre Business Continues Passion For Printing

GRANITE CITY GROOVE: Barre Business Continues Passion For Printing

by Joshua Jerome Downtown Barre is home to several young entrepreneurs and one of them, CW Print + Design (formerly known as Copy World) in particular, has been instrumental in providing services to many Barre businesses. Started in 1994 by Diane Fontana, Copy World catered to businesses and individuals looking for basic copying and print […]

GRANITE CITY GROOVE: Granite City Grocery Cooperative Seeks A Home

GRANITE CITY GROOVE: Granite City Grocery Cooperative Seeks A Home

by Joshua Jerome Three years ago a small contingent of Barre residents came together in the hopes of forming a cooperatively owned grocery store downtown. Granite City Grocery was formed and since that time there has been a cadre of dedicated volunteers who have steered the organization through a delicate process of vetting properties and […]

GRANITE CITY GROOVE: Tree House Hardwoods Branches Out To Barre

GRANITE CITY GROOVE: Tree House Hardwoods Branches Out To Barre

by Joshua Jerome The Granite City has been making investments attracting young entrepreneurs who have opened up new business on Main Street over the last several years, but it hasn’t been restricted to just Main Street. Recently, The Tree House Hardwoods & Millshop expanded out of their South Burlington location into a 10,000 square foot […]