Granite City Groove

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 […]

GRANITE CITY GROOVE: Seattle Native Brings Espresso Bueno To Barre

GRANITE CITY GROOVE: Seattle Native Brings Espresso Bueno To Barre

by Joshua Jerome BARRE — Downtown Barre is home to one of the greatest things in Central Vermont, Espresso Bueno. The café is owned by Elizabeth Manriquez and this July during the Barre Heritage Festival, she will be celebrating her ninth year in downtown Barre. Raised in Seattle where coffee shops are ubiquitous, it was […]

GRANITE CITY GROOVE: Virtual Reality Studio Blazes New Trail

GRANITE CITY GROOVE: Virtual Reality Studio Blazes New Trail

by Joshua Jerome Nestled in Barre’s co-working space, The Office Block at 248 N. Main St., resides another young Barre business, Immersive Technology Studios; a virtual reality company working towards “bridging the gap between the real and digital world.” Owned by Andrew Glover, Immersive Technology Studios utilizes new spherical imaging processes and software to take […]

GRANITE CITY GROOVE: ReSOURCE Store:  Jobs, the Environment and  Retail Therapy

GRANITE CITY GROOVE: ReSOURCE Store: Jobs, the Environment and Retail Therapy

by  Joshua Jerome BARRE — ReSOURCE has been serving Vermont for 25 years, opening its first store in Burlington in 1991, as Recycle North. As conceived at its outset, Recycle North provided opportunities for homeless men and women to learn important job skills that would allow them to gain employment and work towards climbing out […]

GRANITE CITY GROOVE: Delicate Decadence: One Sweet Shop

GRANITE CITY GROOVE: Delicate Decadence: One Sweet Shop

by Joshua Jerome BARRE — I was strolling through downtown Barre recently and found myself craving a cupcake, so I made my way over to Delicate Decadence. The owner, Tim Boltin, was just finishing up in the kitchen and asked me with excitement, “do you want to try something really good?” The answer to that […]

GRANITE CITY GROOVE: Collectibles Abound At Antique Center

GRANITE CITY GROOVE: Collectibles Abound At Antique Center

by Joshua Jerome Located in one of the oldest buildings in downtown Barre, the Wheelock Office Building built in 1871 houses the Barre Antique Center. Created last year, the antique store was the brain child of Pierre Couture and was created to leverage the existing antique dealers in downtown Barre. Couture, owner of the Lodge […]

GRANITE CITY GROOVE: Nelson’s Ace Hardware Store Has It All

GRANITE CITY GROOVE: Nelson’s Ace Hardware Store Has It All

by Joshua Jerome As the holiday shopping season ramps up, I found myself with not a lot of time and the most peculiar shopping list one day. On it, I needed a cherry de-pitter, a gallon of paint, tube insulation, a coffee machine and a box of shotgun shells. I thought to myself, “Boy, I […]

GRANITE CITY GROOVE: A Local Business: The Inner Workings of ‘Co-prenuers’

GRANITE CITY GROOVE: A Local Business: The Inner Workings of ‘Co-prenuers’

by Joshua Jerome Being entrepreneurial requires dedication to your vision and the confidence to educate consumers and potential funders about whatever kind of widget you may be producing. It also requires optimism and the ability to take chances. But what about married entrepreneurs — co-preneurs? I was curious to learn about the decision-making process and […]

GRANITE CITY GROOVE: Grateful for Addiction Recovery Services

by Joshua Jerome By now, if you’re not aware of the opiate problem in Vermont, you may have been living under a rock for the last couple of years. The state of Vermont treated 2,258 people in 2014 for heroin use; an increase from 623 in 2010. Governor Peter Shumlin’s state of the state address […]

GRANITE CITY GROOVE: Goodfellows Jewelry Stands Test of Time

by Joshua Jerome The Granite City certainly has a rich history shaped from the melting pot of immigrants who moved into Barre in the later part of the 19th century. And like the granite quarried by these immigrants that remain the foundation blocks for buildings and monuments around the world today, so are several businesses […]