COVID-19 Business Stories

A farm expands to open a grocery store in South Hero. Plus, UVM to require vaccines, take-out alcohol will continue and COVID-19 numbers.

Two people stand together in between food cases, one of them holding a bunch of green leaves.
Abagael Giles / VPR

Alisha Utter and Kyle Bowley’s South Hero business, Arbor Farmstead, underwent some major shifts during the past year. Their story is the final in our series about Vermonters who started up a new venture or substantially altered their business over the course of the pandemic.

book with cow and bird on pages
Akshata Nayak, Courtesy

As part of our pandemic entrepreneur series, today we meet a Vermonter who closed one business in order to start a new one, with the goal of teaching children new languages and breaking down stereotypes.

Two people sit in chairs under a blue sign reading RR eriskine inc
Henry Epp / VPR

When the owners of a generations-old family business in Chester, Vermont announced they were shutting down last year, a local couple took a leap and decided to buy the store. Their story is the next in our series about businesses that have started or substantially changed during the pandemic.

Starting a business after a job loss (in a pandemic). Plus, vaccines for 12-15 year olds, a formal apology for state-sanctioned eugenics, and the possible decriminalization of buprenorphine.

A person holding a box and wearing a face mask
Abagael Giles / VPR

This spring, we're reporting a series of stories about business owners who've started something new or substantially changed their operation over the course of the pandemic. Up next: Starting a business after a job loss.

Two people in front of a blue car
Elodie Reed / VPR

Think back to just over a year ago: empty streets, shuttered businesses, layoffs, furloughs and widespread fear of a virus we knew little about — so many struggles at that moment. One group that faced some unique challenges were small business owners.