Granite City Groove

GRANITE CITY GROOVE: Alternative Lenders Fund  Many New Ventures

GRANITE CITY GROOVE: Alternative Lenders Fund Many New Ventures

by Joshua Jerome BARRE — Starting up a business is challenging and rewarding. An entrepreneur needs to have a clear understanding of their competitive advantage in the marketplace and the desire to chase their dreams despite the obstacles inherent in starting a business. One such obstacle has remained prevalent for many over the last 40 […]

GRANITE CITY GROOVE: Young Entrepreneurs Bringing New Businesses to Barre

GRANITE CITY GROOVE: Young Entrepreneurs Bringing New Businesses to Barre

by Joshua Jerome One of the exciting things about working in downtown Barre is that there has been a steady flow of economic activity for the past several years. And a stroll through downtown the other day indicated to me that it was not stopping any time soon. On this particular day, I stopped at […]

GRANITE CITY GROOVE: Project Independence: A Place to Hang Your Hat

GRANITE CITY GROOVE: Project Independence: A Place to Hang Your Hat

by Joshua Jerome BARRE — There’s a place in downtown Barre where everyday people come together to share food, sing, dance and play games. And no, it’s not one of our great restaurants or pubs, but Project Independence, Vermont’s first adult day service. Project Independence was founded by Lindsey Wade who was a licensed nursing […]

GRANITE CITY GROOVE: Remembering and Revitalizing The Miles Block

GRANITE CITY GROOVE: Remembering and Revitalizing The Miles Block

by Joshua Jerome Around the turn of the 20th century, Barre was a hotbed of development spurred on by the booming granite industry. Throughout the downtown, old wooden structures were replaced with granite and brick, and helped to highlight the artisan craftsmanship embodied by Barre’s culturally diverse immigrant community. Many facades throughout the downtown have […]

Granite City Groove: Historic July Fourth Celebration Remembered

Granite City Groove: Historic July Fourth Celebration Remembered

by Joshua Jerome July Fourth is a day celebrated throughout this country as the day America declared its independence from Great Britain. We have parades, barbecues, fireworks, picnics and little American flags are ubiquitous. On July 4, 1919, there was a celebration in downtown Barre; not to commemorate the country’s independence, but to give thanks […]

GRANITE CITY GROOVE: Entrepreneur Nicole Lafaille Creates Enduring Family Business

GRANITE CITY GROOVE: Entrepreneur Nicole Lafaille Creates Enduring Family Business

by Joshua Jerome- On an ordinary day in 1986, Nicole Lafaille walked into work at a local Barre company doing catalog sales and walked into work to discover all of the employees separating catalogs to be mailed by zip code. She asked, “is there not an easier way to do this?” but was told that […]

GRANITE CITY GROOVE: Behind the Scenes with Seasoned Realtors

by Joshua Jerome   For many Americans, purchasing a home is the largest financial transaction they’ll make in their lifetime and it’s not just a home, but an investment. And for many, this investment will be the largest investment in their lives and a decision that will have lasting implications for years to come. Because […]

GRANITE CITY GROOVE: The Fine Art of Food in Barre

by Joshua Jerome BARRE — Dustin Smith opened Morse Block Deli almost a year ago with a vision to provide downtown Barre with an eccentric deli experience, and that’s exactly what he’s done. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Smith uses his diverse educational background and life experiences in providing local diners with […]

GRANITE CITY GROOVE: Out of Adversity, Barre Bookstore Born

GRANITE CITY GROOVE: Out of Adversity, Barre Bookstore Born

by Joshua Jerome On Thursday May 26, 2011, Barre was consumed by a deluge that created debris filled flash floods and significant damage to personal property. And while the storm raged on, Cynthia Duprey was out of state with one of her daughters on a school function. The next morning, Cynthia’s husband, Bill Duprey, assessed […]

Granite City Groove: Larry Brown, Printer: An Exceptional Barre Businessman

Granite City Groove: Larry Brown, Printer: An Exceptional Barre Businessman

by Joshua Jerome Tucked away on a side street in downtown Barre resides a 27-year-old unusual entrepreneurial business, L. Brown & Sons Printing. I sat down with Larry Brown recently to discuss printing and the history of the family business. Larry and his wife, Diane, moved to East Montpelier from the Boston area to homeschool […]