Saturday January 5, 2013

BRATTLEBORO -- It was a year of good and bad when it came to businesses in the region.

Commonwealth Dairy announced it was expanding its facility to keep up with demand. It also received a number of awards at a national competition for its Greek yogurt.

Proctor and Gamble bought New Chapter and Aldi announced it was tearing down the old Kipling Cinema to build a new market on the spot.

Big Picture Farm in Townshend received national recognition for its caramels made from goat milk.

The Burton U.S. Open announced it was moving its competition from Stratton to Colorado. Meanwhile, Stratton celebrated 50 years as a ski resort.

Sprout Natural Parenting reopened its storefront in Brattleboro and Popolo, an Italian-inspired farm-to-table restaurant was opened in the Windham Hotel in Bellows Falls.

Save the Corporations From Themselves closed but Penelope Wurr moved her glass shop into the space.

Putney was stunned when the Front Porch closed and the Putney Diner closed its doors just before Christmas. Fortunately, the Gleanery, a community-supported restaurant moved into the Front Porch's old spot and an employee of the Putney Diner negotiated a lease to keep the mainstay open.

After six years of sitting vacant, Haystack Mountain in Wilmington reopened as a private ski club.

Santa's Land in Putney reopened just in time for Christmas.


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The Steak Out on Putney Road in Brattleboro closed but the Whetstone Station Restaurant and brewery was opened where the Riverview Cafe used to be.

After several years of planning, the Brattleboro Food Co-op opened a brand-new store in downtown. Included in the building were several floors of affordable housing units commissioned by the Windham Windsor Housing Trust.

Several local businesses celebrated their anniversaries. They included Connecticut Valley Orchards (100 years), Lilac Ridge Farm (75 years), Evan James Ltd. (25 years), and Beadniks (20 years).