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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Inside Vermont's First Target Store

Posted By on Tue, Oct 16, 2018 at 9:10 PM

Target storefront - JORDAN ADAMS
  • Jordan Adams
  • Target storefront
Dreams do come true.

Finally, after months of anxious waiting, certain Vermonters were blessed with a preview of the new Target store at the University Mall in South Burlington. On Tuesday evening, a select group of media personalities and other individuals — let's call them "the Chosen Ones" — were invited to attend a special friends-and-family early-access event to bask in the glory of all that is Target.

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Vermont Symphony Orchestra Unionizes

Posted By on Tue, Feb 6, 2018 at 10:47 AM

Vermont Symphony Orchestra - COURTESY OF VERMONT SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
  • Courtesy of Vermont Symphony Orchestra
  • Vermont Symphony Orchestra
On January 25, the Vermont Symphony Orchestra voted to unionize. The Boston Musicians Association, which is the Boston local of the American Federation of Musicians, will represent the orchestra. In negotiations, the VSO will be collaboratively represented by BMA and the Greater Springfield, Berkshire County and Vermont Musicians Association — the geographically nearest AFM local, in Springfield, Mass.

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Friday, January 26, 2018

Moves and Retail Changes in Store for ReSOURCE

Posted By on Fri, Jan 26, 2018 at 1:47 PM

ReSOURCE Building Supply in Burlington's South End - SADIE WILLIAMS
  • Sadie Williams
  • ReSOURCE Building Supply in Burlington's South End
Changes are afoot for ReSOURCE stores in Burlington. Last week, we reported that the ReSOURCE Household Goods store in the Soda Plant would be leaving at the end of February. But that news focused primarily on how the Soda Plant space would be transformed after the organization's departure: Owner Steve Conant will turn the 17,000-square-foot quarters into below-market-rate studios and spaces for creative entrepreneurs.

So, where is ReSOURCE going? What's happening to the remaining building supply store at 339 Pine Street? And what are locals who rely on the low-cost home-furnishings venue to do? ReSOURCE executive director Tom Longstreth answers some of those questions.

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Sunday, January 21, 2018

Souped Up: Foodie Fundraiser Boosts Local Entrepreneurs

Posted By on Sun, Jan 21, 2018 at 11:53 AM

Lena Jacobs (left) and Lucy Scott serve soup at Study Hall in Burlington - SALLY POLLAK
  • SALLY POLLAK
  • Lena Jacobs (left) and Lucy Scott serve soup at Study Hall in Burlington
The other night at Study Hall Collective, a coworking space on College Street in Burlington, about 55 people gathered for an event called Soup. For $5, we each got a bowl of  minestrone soup thick with greens, veggies, pasta and turkey, served with slices of baguette.

For our money,  we also got treated to standup entertainment that was interesting, informative and original. This came in the form of pitches — four of them — presented by people who had conceived of projects and were hoping to fund them with a little cash. Soup money.

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Thursday, January 18, 2018

ReSOURCE to Relocate, Soda Plant to Offer New Incubator Workspaces

Posted By on Thu, Jan 18, 2018 at 5:52 PM

ReSOURCE storefront in Burlington - SADIE WILLIAMS
  • Sadie Williams
  • ReSOURCE storefront in Burlington
On Wednesday, second-hand store and reuse facility ReSOURCE announced that part of its business is leaving Burlington. ReSOURCE Household Goods has been located in the Soda Plant at 266 Pine Street for 22 years. In February, when its lease is terminated, the nonprofit will move to 326 Harvest Lane in Williston.  

What will take its place? A number of new incubator spaces for small, business-minded artisans and makers, according to Steve Conant.

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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Take Out: 'Take Magazine' to Stop Publishing

Posted By on Tue, Dec 19, 2017 at 3:57 PM

'Take Magazine' - COURTESY OF 'TAKE MAGAZINE'
  • Courtesy of 'Take Magazine'
  • 'Take Magazine'
Take Magazine is calling it quits. In a December 15 post on its website, the arts and culture mag announced that it would cease publishing online content by the end of the year and publish one last physical issue in early 2018.

The reason for the abrupt closure should come as little surprise to anyone familiar with the modern print media landscape: declining revenue.

"We just didn't didn't get the traction, particularly with advertisers," Take publisher Michael Kusek told Seven Days. "And with readers."

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Friday, November 10, 2017

Local Bookstores Take Aim at Amazon

Posted By on Fri, Nov 10, 2017 at 9:41 AM

Stacey Mitchell (left) and Olivia LaVecchia - INSTITUTE FOR LOCAL SELF-RELIANCE
  • Institute for Local Self-Reliance
  • Stacey Mitchell (left) and Olivia LaVecchia
It should come as no surprise that independent bookstores are more than a little miffed at online monolith Amazon. But mom-and-pop book shops aren't the only businesses affected by the retail giant's ever-expanding reach and dominance. The massive corporation captures one of every two American dollars spent online. That's according to a 2016 report published by Stacy Mitchell and Olivia LaVecchia of the nonprofit advocacy group Institute for Local Self-Reliance.

But two Vermont bookstores are fighting back — or at least, talking about fighting back. Phoenix Books, Northshire Bookstore and local news website VTDigger present a pair of public discussions this week with Mitchell as the featured speaker. The idea: Present listeners with enough info to arm them for the coming retail war — or, more likely (and less dramatically), the long, slow, uphill trudge.

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Old Spokes Home Wins Award for Exceptional Hiring Practices

Posted By on Tue, Oct 3, 2017 at 4:05 PM

Chuda Karki (second from left) with colleagues from Old Spokes Home - COURTESY OF OLD SPOKES HOME
  • Courtesy of Old Spokes Home
  • Chuda Karki (second from left) with colleagues from Old Spokes Home
Every Thursday, Jeremy Kehoe rushes home from his job at Old Spokes Home in Burlington to attend an American Sign Language class organized by Burlington Parks, Recreation & Waterfront. He's been taking ASL lessons since this summer, when the bike shop and nonprofit community center hired Chuda Karki, a deaf Bhutanese man who doesn't speak English, as a technician.

"Chuda had become pretty ingrained in the shop, so I thought it would be much better to be able to communicate with him," said Kehoe. "Once I taught myself the alphabet, it became more and more interesting."

On Tuesday, both Kehoe and Karki were on hand when Donna Curtin, chairperson of the Vermont Governor’s Committee on the Employment of People with Disabilities, presented Laura Jacoby, executive director of Old Spokes Home, with a Spirit of the ADA award.

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Flynn Center Executive Director John Killacky to Step Down

Posted By on Tue, Sep 19, 2017 at 7:45 PM

John Killacky - FILE: MATTHEW THORSEN
  • File: Matthew Thorsen
  • John Killacky
In a release this evening, Burlington's Flynn Center for the Performing Arts announced that its executive director, John Killacky, would be stepping down from his role in June 2018. Killacky arrived at the Flynn in 2010.

During his tenure, the release says, the Flynn flourished, "growing to a $7.7 million operating budget while maintaining the organization's commitment to presenting exceptional artistic, educational and community engagement programs."

In addition to securing significant grants for the performing arts facility, Killacky is perhaps proudest of the nonprofit's commitment to access and inclusiveness. The Flynn works with 75 human and social service agencies to provide discounted tickets for their clients; of the 38,000 students who annually attend shows, 7,300 attend for free; and the organization provides $30,000 in scholarships yearly for kids to participate in camps and classes.

Reached by phone for comment, Killacky said, first of all, that "all things are good" and he's "not going anywhere." While he wouldn't call this transition a retirement, Killacky noted that when he was interviewed for the ED position in 2010, he told the board that, if hired, he would stay "for five to seven years, and then my service would be done."

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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Generator Director Lars Hasselblad Torres Departs

Posted By on Sun, Jul 23, 2017 at 9:32 AM

Lars Hasselblad Torres - FILE: JEB WALLACE-BRODEUR
  • File: Jeb Wallace-Brodeur
  • Lars Hasselblad Torres
Burlington's Generator has announced that executive director Lars Hasselblad Torres "has moved on to pursue other opportunities."

Torres has led the emerging maker space for two and a half years, during which time the facility moved from Memorial Auditorium to the South End. While the board looks for a new director, founding board member Michael Metz will serve as interim director.

"Throughout his tenure," a press release by board member Dan Harvey reads, "Lars oversaw some important growth in membership, programs and partnerships, and managed the move to our new home at 40 Sears Lane in Burlington. We thank him for his contributions and wish him well."

Torres was unable to comment for this post when reached on Friday afternoon. On his Facebook page, he wrote, "Friends, I have summarily become a freelancer," and asked if anyone had leads on potential jobs.

This post will be updated as information becomes available.

Clarification, July 23, 2017: This article previously indicated portions of the Generator website were taken down; that was due to a technical problem and unrelated to Hasselblad Torres' departure.

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