Business news and notes: Renaissance named 'second coolest' small jewelry store in Vermont

Renaissance named 'second coolest' small jewelry store in Vermont

BRATTLEBORO >> Renaissance Fine Jewelry, located at 151 Main Street was voted the second coolest small jewelry store in the country by a panel of jewelry industry judges for Instore Magazine.

One thing that resonated with the judges was Caitlyn Wilknson's personal history of overcoming serious health issues to start her own business. The article also highlighted the history of the 157-year-old building Renaissance is located in, and the dramatic transformation it undertook to become the store that it is today. The judges loved Renaissance's commitment to the community, as well as its distinctive red color scheme.

For 15 years Instore Magazine has run its annual contest to highlight the best examples of independent jewelry retailers in North America. The entrants are judged by a panel of retail experts on the basis of business practices, history, online presence, interior d├ęcor, and curb appeal. There are two divisions, Big Cool for stores with more than five employees, and Small Cool, for store with four or less.

The full article can be read in the August, 2016 issue of Instore Magazine, or at!small2_01.

For questions, Renaissance Fine Jewelry can be contacted at 802-251-0600 or

Wheel Pad to be featured at Tiny House Fest

BRATTLEBORO >> Wheel Pad is an eco-friendly 200-square-foot accessible bedroom and bathroom attachable to an existing home. It provides a respectful and supportive space for people with mobility issues, making it easy for friends or family to provide support while figuring out long term solutions.

In 2016 Wheel Pad L3C won its first business plan competition sponsored by Strolling of the Heifers and Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation, followed by a Fresh Tracks Road Pitch and Peak Pitch competition wins. This year LaunchVT awarded Wheel Pad L3C the innovation prize.

Construction of our first prototype, with assistance of Norwich University, will be completed Aug. 31, culminating in a Grand Celebration at Norwich University. Wheel Pad will then tour rehab centers and hospitals where interested people can tour through Wheel Pad, which will makes stops on Sept. 2 from 10 a.m. to noon at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital and on Sept. 4 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Tiny House Festival on Flat Street.

After the tour, the Norwich Model Wheel Pad will be donated for use to a family in southern Vermont free of charge. Wheel Pad L3C will continue to improve Wheel Pad while we build the second prototype for marketing purposes.

Two local attorneys named 'Best Lawyers'

BRATTLEBORO >> Timothy Copeland and Peter B. Robb, of the Brattleboro office of Downs Rachlin and Martin PLLC were named by their peers as two of the best lawyers in Vermont and New Hampshire.

Copeland and Robb specialize in employment law. They were two of 19 DRM attorneys named to the list.

Best Lawyers lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation. More than 83,000 leading attorneys globally are eligible to vote, and the firm has received more than 13 million votes to date on the legal abilities of other lawyers based on their specific practice areas around the world. For the 2017 edition of The Best Lawyers in America, 7.3 million votes were analyzed, which resulted in more than 55,000 leading lawyers being included in the new edition.

DRM attorneys — Peter B. Kunin in Burlington and Peter D. Van Oot in Lebanon, N.H., were named Lawyers of the Year in their respective practices in selected market areas. The results are based on client, lawyer and law firm surveys conducted by Best Lawyers beginning in January of this year.

Other DRM attorneys who were recognized included Robert D. Rachlin, James G. Wheeler, John H. Marshall, Andre D. Bouffard, Marc B. Heath, Robert B. Luce, Johan W. E. Maitland, Lawrence H. Meier, Thomas H. Moody, Paul H. Ode, Jr., Wm. Roger Prescott, Thomas C. Csatari, Willemien Dingemans Miller, and John H. Hollar.


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