Cindy Chittenden

Essex man moonlights as brewer

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Essex resident Phil Kaszuba isn’t someone who sits around watching television on any given night. Instead, the 58-year-old works during the day as an engineer and, on nights and weekends, at Burlington’s Queen City Brewery, which he co-owns. What he didn’t see coming, however, was the struggle he would face with time management. “That’s the…

Handyman sees good fortune

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Rick Golder, owner of VSMART, a handyman business in Essex, smiled as he recalled some of his most memorable customer requests. “One of my clients had a bat flying around her house at 6:30 at night,” Golder said, laughing. “I went over with a tennis racket and killed it. I have another elderly lady. Her…

Exhibit A: GALLERY to showcase Waters’ work

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In 2016, Tom Waters dared to try something most people only dream about. He walked away from his website design business to follow his calling as a full-time artist. It started in 2012 when Carolyn, Waters’ wife of 22 years, started scoping out artwork to hang on a large empty wall in her Essex hypnotherapy…

Sleamaker never stops innovating

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Tucked up against the woods on Allen Martin Drive sits the headquarters of Vasa, a company that has designed and sold more than 40,000 pieces of exercise equipment to Olympic athletes, coaches, rehabilitation centers, gyms and international dealers. Rob Sleamaker has owned and operated Vasa for 29 years. On any given day, he can be…

ReBoot steers coach back on track

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Linda Atkins, owner of ReBoot Coaching VT, defines the word resilience, proving if someone has the right attitude, he or she can overcome setback after setback and come out on top. At 50 years old, Atkins left her job as a heating and air conditioning technician to open a business that provides one-on-one personal training…

Cabreras find future in cabinetry

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In 2015, Betsy and Andy Cabrera, owners of Simpson Cabinetry, picked Essex as the place to build their 8,300-square-foot facility. “When we bought the business, it was on Shelburne Road,” Betsy recalled. “What Andy and I quickly realized after running the business for two years is that we don’t need the drive-by traffic. We are…