Your Place in Vermont http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com Wed, 17 Dec 2014 17:52:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.3 Congratulations to Six Loose Ladies! http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/congratulations-six-loose-ladies/ http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/congratulations-six-loose-ladies/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 16:08:35 +0000 http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/?p=21760 We proudly awarded Six Loose Ladies with the Chamber’s Member of the Month – December 2014   Pictured left to right:  Anne Gottier, Suzanne and Marji Graf.

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We proudly awarded Six Loose Ladies with the Chamber’s Member of the Month – December 2014

 

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Pictured left to right:  Anne Gottier, Suzanne and Marji Graf.

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Engel & Völkers opens in Ludlow http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/engel-volkers-opens-ludlow/ http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/engel-volkers-opens-ludlow/#comments Sat, 13 Dec 2014 14:21:28 +0000 http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/?p=21728 Marji Graf, CEO of the Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce welcomes Engel & Völkers Okemo-Woodstock to their new location at 126 Main Street in Ludlow. Pictured left to right:  Marji Graf, Pat McLaughlin, Pam McLaughlin, Rebecca Brettell, Gail Graves, Ken Saccardo, Terry Davis  “I opened our first Engel & Völkers shop in Woodstock in […]

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Marji Graf, CEO of the Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce welcomes Engel & Völkers Okemo-Woodstock to their new location at 126 Main Street in Ludlow.

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Pictured left to right:  Marji Graf, Pat McLaughlin, Pam McLaughlin, Rebecca Brettell, Gail Graves, Ken Saccardo, Terry Davis

 I opened our first Engel & Völkers shop in Woodstock in January of 2010 with an optimistic, long-range goal of a timely expansion in the Okemo Valley, said Gail Graves, Owner and Broker. My plan was always to have two offices, one in Woodstock and one in Ludlow. When the real estate market started its recovery in late 2013, Graves decided the time was right and when the perfect location in Ludlow became available, she expanded to the Okemo Valley.  Graves anticipates four to six agents to be working out of the new office. Terry Davis will take on the role of Managing Broker in the Woodstock office.

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Homestyle Hostel – Inn – Hotel comes to Ludlow! http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/homestyle-hostel-inn-hotel-comes-ludlow/ http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/homestyle-hostel-inn-hotel-comes-ludlow/#comments Thu, 11 Dec 2014 16:42:48 +0000 http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/?p=21699 Marji Graf, CEO of the Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce welcomes Homestyle Hostel to the chamber. Pictured left to right:  Marji Graf, Justin Hyjek and Eliza Greene. “Homestyle Hostel was a dream conceived during our travels through South America, and we are thrilled to now be open daily from 8am – 9pm (10pm Friday/Saturday).  […]

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Marji Graf, CEO of the Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce welcomes Homestyle Hostel to the chamber.

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Pictured left to right:  Marji Graf, Justin Hyjek and Eliza Greene.

“Homestyle Hostel was a dream conceived during our travels through South America, and we are thrilled to now be open daily from 8am – 9pm (10pm Friday/Saturday).  In addition to guest rooms, we have a coffee shop and bar, and welcome community members to come in and visit us!  Currently, we serve organic coffee and espresso, beer, wine and specialty cocktails and soon we will offer lunch, which will include healthy soups, salads and sandwiches to-stay or to-go. We invite the public to join us in our cafe, coffee shop and bar during any open hours.  Our space is also available for special events with catering. Our concept of the hostel, which is embodied throughout our business practices, is a basic and intimate home away from home environment that offers affordable food and lodging for travelers and community members alike.  We both grew up in this community, and are excited to share this experience with friends in our hometown during our inaugural year as a new business. For more information, visit VThostel.com or stop in for a tour with us any time!”

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Ludlow has a new Laundromat! http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/ludlow-new-laundromat/ http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/ludlow-new-laundromat/#comments Thu, 11 Dec 2014 16:39:01 +0000 http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/?p=21696 Marji Graf, CEO for the Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce welcomes Ludlow Laundry Co to the Chamber.  pictured l-r:  Marji Graf, Mike Pacilio and Bob Friedrich. Ludlow Laundry Company the New Laundromat in Ludlow Vermont.  Brand new state of the art Speed Queen washers and dryers.  Large machines for Sheets, blankets and comforters.  We […]

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Marji Graf, CEO for the Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce welcomes Ludlow Laundry Co to the Chamber.  pictured l-r:  Marji Graf, Mike Pacilio and Bob Friedrich.

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Ludlow Laundry Company the New Laundromat in Ludlow Vermont.  Brand new state of the art Speed Queen washers and dryers.  Large machines for Sheets, blankets and comforters.  We have a change machine / soap machine and ATM.  OPEN 7 days a week from 7am to 9pm.  Located in the OKEMO MARKET PLACE just a few doors down from Java Babas.  Come on down and go for a Spin!!

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The Next Chapter http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/next-chapter/ http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/next-chapter/#comments Wed, 03 Dec 2014 14:04:38 +0000 http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/?p=21595 Once upon a time, way back before the turn of this century we opened a small book store in Ludlow VT and it was called Chapter XIV.  Chapter for the books and XIV because Vermont, our newly adopted state is the 14th State in the Union.  We grew rapidly and soon started to bring in […]

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Once upon a time, way back before the turn of this century we opened a small book store in Ludlow VT and it was called Chapter XIV.  Chapter for the books and XIV because Vermont, our newly adopted state is the 14th State in the Union.  We grew rapidly and soon started to bring in gifts and jewelry and eventually (about a year later) some interesting clothing.  Our wonderful customers seemed to love it all so for the next 17 years we owned and operated Chapter XIV.  Then we sold and the economy collapsed leaving the new owners in a sad way.  They decided to close and I (who missed the retail business terribly) called Susan and Pat and said, “would you come back to work if we re-opened?”  They both said yes and so we opened The Next Chapter.  Aubuchon (who are lovely people) offered us a one year least to test the water.  We took their kind offer and had a wonderful year.  They are expanding their business and so we decided to move to the building just down the street at 194 Main St.  This proved to be a much larger and more visible space for us.  Of course now that we have more space we have more lovely clothing, books (that many of our old customers said they missed as I did) and a fantastic selection of children’s games, puzzles, gifts and books.

Please stop and say hello.  We’re open every day from 10am – 6pm and will probably open evenings the week of Christmas.

 

Daryl and Herb

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Just Doggin’ It – Vermont comes to Ludlow http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/just-doggin-vermont-comes-ludlow/ http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/just-doggin-vermont-comes-ludlow/#comments Wed, 03 Dec 2014 14:03:55 +0000 http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/?p=21169 Marji Graf, CEO of Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce welcomes Just Doggin It to the Chamber.  Pictured l-r:  Marji Graf;  Model Mary Mire as Estella-Luna, the Just Doggin’ It coffee maiden; Miss Vermont U.S. Int’l 2014 Olea Nickitina; Summer Ray, Princess for the Miss America scholarship pageant program, 2012, 2013, 2014 and Amy Patt, […]

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Marji Graf, CEO of Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce welcomes Just Doggin It to the Chamber.  Pictured l-r:  Marji Graf;  Model Mary Mire as Estella-Luna, the Just Doggin’ It coffee maiden; Miss Vermont U.S. Int’l 2014 Olea Nickitina; Summer Ray, Princess for the Miss America scholarship pageant program, 2012, 2013, 2014 and Amy Patt, owner, Just Doggin’ It.

Come join the fun at Just Doggin’ It!

It’s a party of food and fun at Just Doggin’ It, with an island theme and finger lickin’ Polish/American foods created to please every appetite, both big and small.  Gourmet hot dogs, kielbasa, hot and sweet sausage make this is fun, inexpensive and family-friendly menu. We offer over 18 toppings.

About: Hot Dog Joint and Cafe at Okemo. Coffee, Hot Dogs, Pastries.

Hours: 7am-10pm, every day except major holidays.

Seating: Minimal counter space and seating. Mostly to go orders.

Sample menu: Try our boat meal deals like The Cabin Boy – 1 hot dog, side, small drink $5.25. Choose from over 18 toppings. Our signature dish: The Captain – Kielbasa dog, side, small drink $6.50. Sides: choice of chips, chili, soup, Mac n cheese, JDI slaw, corn bread, baked beans. We also have daily specials!

A highlight of our gourmet menu is our very own locally roasted organic, free trade, kosher coffees. Goes great with our fresh baked, original recipe pastries, desserts, breakfast sandwiches, fudge, soups.

Order up a party pack for 8 to 18 dogs by calling ahead at (802) 975-0361.

Come join the island fun! Tropical tunes, souvenir cups, and much more. Family and budget friendly. We take all major credit cards.

Other handmade goodies include soups, specialty breads and pastries, and more offering delicious options for any time of the day or night.

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December e-news! http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/december-e-news/ http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/december-e-news/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 14:01:49 +0000 http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/?p=21533 December Chamber Corner Submitted by:  Marji Graf   The snow has started and Okemo opened on November 16 for the season!  I want to thank Okemo Mountain Resort for hosting our Chamber mixer at the Coleman Brook Tavern on November 12th.   We presented the November Business of the Month to Payne & Elise Junker, owners […]

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December Chamber Corner
Submitted by:  Marji Graf

 

The snow has started and Okemo opened on November 16 for the season!  I want to thank Okemo Mountain Resort for hosting our Chamber mixer at the Coleman Brook Tavern on November 12th.   We presented the November Business of the Month to Payne & Elise Junker, owners of 103 Artisans Marketplace in Chester.  Celebrating their 7th year in business, and also as many years as members of the chamber, 103 Artisans Marketplace (formerly Gallery 103) offers fine handcrafted gifts, jewelry and home décor from the USA, Canada and Fair Trade Organizations.

We would like to invite everyone to our Legislative Breakfast at Newsbank Conference Center in Chester on Tuesday morning, December 9 from 7:30-9am.  A continental breakfast will be served.  Meet your legislators and learn about top issues facing 2015.

Our next Chamber mixer is Wednesday, December 10 from 5:30-7:30pm at Stone Hearth Inn and Tavern in Chester.  Tina’s Fun Stuff to Wear will be co-sponsoring this mixer and presenting a fashion show.  You won’t want to miss this!

We welcomed 6 new members into the Chamber:  Belmont General Store; Clark-Mortenson Insurance; Green Mountain at Fox Run, Ludlow Laundry Co., Disaster Recovery and Snowcountry Snowmobile Rentals & Snowmobile Storage!

For anyone interested, as of 12/1 you can be a Vermont Ambassador.  Our region was the first in the State to “test” this program.  The Vermont Ambassador Program is a staff training program that provides front-line employees with information and know-how to help visitors with their travel needs.  It’s free and it’s available to all Vermonters and Vermont travel and hospitality related businesses and organizations.   Ambassador training is delivered on-line and consists of a series of short classes averaging 7 minutes in length.  Each class features a Vermont Tourism professional who shares need-to-know information about his or her specialty. Classes are augmented with on-line exercises providing hands-on experience with recommended travel resource websites.

You can get started as of 12/1 on www.VDTMlearninglab.com.  I encourage everyone to be an Ambassador for our Region!!!

Please check out our website:  www.yourplaceinvermont.com/about-us/educational-seminars/ to learn about all of the great programs we will be having in 2015!!!

DID YOU KNOW?  You can list your event on our Chamber calendar?  Go to:

http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/central-vermont-event-calendar/community/add/

We receive over 14,000 hits/month on this regional calendar!!

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Finally, a Bed-and-Breakfast for Foodies http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/finally-bed-breakfast-foodies/ http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/finally-bed-breakfast-foodies/#comments Wed, 19 Nov 2014 14:29:33 +0000 http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/?p=21522 The Inn at Weathersfield isn’t just another Inn! Read the article written by Gayle McCarthy here.

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The Inn at Weathersfield isn’t just another Inn!

Read the article written by Gayle McCarthy here.

Inn at Weathersfield in Perkinsville, Vermont

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What is the Vermont Ambassador Program & Visitor Survey? http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/what-is-the-vermont-ambassador-program-visitor-survey/ http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/what-is-the-vermont-ambassador-program-visitor-survey/#comments Wed, 19 Nov 2014 14:25:39 +0000 http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/?p=21518 The Vermont Ambassador Program is a staff training program.  Read more here…   For more information regarding the 2014 Visitor’s Survey see image below:

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The Vermont Ambassador Program is a staff training program.  Read more here…

Vermont Ambassador Program

 

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2014 Visitor Survey

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November Member of the Month – 103 Artisan Marketplace http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/november-member-month-103-artisan-marketplace/ http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/november-member-month-103-artisan-marketplace/#comments Fri, 14 Nov 2014 18:34:08 +0000 http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/?p=21475 Marji Graf, CEO for the Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce congratulates Elise & Payne Junker of 103 Artisans Marketplace for being chosen November Member of the Month. Celebrating their 7th year of business, and also as many years as members of the Okemo Valley Chamber, 103 Artisans Marketplace (formerly Gallery 103) offers fine handcrafted […]

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Marji Graf, CEO for the Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce congratulates Elise & Payne Junker of 103 Artisans Marketplace for being chosen November Member of the Month.

Celebrating their 7th year of business, and also as many years as members of the Okemo Valley Chamber, 103 Artisans Marketplace (formerly Gallery 103) offers fine handcrafted gifts, jewelry and home decor from the USA, Canada, and Fair Trade Organizations.  Artists/ owners  Elise & Payne Junker also feature their own unique Vermont Metal work in the store, as well as over 200 artisans from Vt, New England and beyond.  We have watched the Chamber grow to include many of the surrounding towns, and director Marji Graf has built a vibrant and active chamber for the Okemo Region. All of us at the marketplace are pleased to be included in the Okemo Chamber family!

Elise Junker
103 Artisans Marketplace
PO Box 1005
7 Pine View Rd
Chester VT 05143
802-875-7400

Member of the Month criteria includes:

  • Business Growth year over year.
  • Contributes to community.
  • Attends education programs/mixers.
  • Hosts mixers.
  • Current on dues.
  • Donations (door prizes for mixers).
  • Participates in Shows.
  • Packages with other businesses.
  • Participates in “Just Between Us”.
  • Advertises/promotes & participates in guidebook & co-ops.
  • Is an Ambassador for the chamber and region.

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