Cindy Chittenden

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…

Made in Essex: Spouse team leads chiropractic company

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Husband and wife team Kerry and Lee Wiebe heal their patients one adjustment at a time at the Pearl St. office of their practice, Performance Chiropractic. In 2001, the Wiebes completed the doctor of chiropractic program at Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa. After dinner with friends, they were watching an A&E television special…

Essex’s good neighbor

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Upon meeting 21-year-old entrepreneur and Essex resident Calvin Combs, one is greeted by a respectable and respectful go-getter. For six years, Combs has run and operated Good Neighbor Lawn Care, a company that provides spring and fall cleanup, hedge trimming and lawn mowing for 23 weeks annually. Combs got his start when he began mowing…