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Saddle Shed is Horseman Terry Therrien’s best friend

By Rod Lee

Get Master Horseman Terry Thierrien talking about Ridge Valley Stables on Upton St. in Grafton and in no time at all the conversation turns to his longstanding relationship with the Saddle Shed.

 I have been dealing with them from the day they opened,” Mr. Therrien said the morning of June 14th in his ranch-style home overlooking some of the fourteen acres that Ridge Valley Stables occupies on the westbound side of Rt. 140. The property abuts the Grafton Flea Market.

Auburn is A-OK for merchants and customers they serve

By Rod Lee

Wherever one turns along the main corridors (Routes 12 and 20) that thread their way through the town of Auburn it is obvious that business is thriving.

That is certainly true at Bentley Pub, 602 Southbridge St.; attributable, Owner Jim Taylor said during the noon hour on May 9th, to “a great crew and great staff” that keep customers coming through the door for lunch and dinner from 11:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. seven days a week.

“My sales have increased annually for the last three years,” Mr. Taylor said.

GNC’s new store in Webster a healthy step into the future

By Rod Lee

Several minutes with Joe Discordia and his nephew Tom Discordia at their recently relocated GNC store at 2 Worcester Road in Webster is all it takes to realize that they are a literal embodiment of the company’s philosophy: “Live Well.”

The Discordia’s are a happy pair these days in having latched onto retail space “that opened up for us and we took it” in the East Village shopping plaza at one of the busiest intersections in all of South County.

Flooded out, Generations Healing Center finds a new home

By Rod Lee

It was with a sense of gratitude that Del Bachand spoke of her business the afternoon of February 20.

The rest of the year is going to be a lot better for Generations Healing Center than the beginning was, Ms. Bachand said.

She has her son, Steve Bachand, to thank for that.

When Ms. Bachand was flooded and frozen out of her former location at “The Shoppes at 250 Main Street” in Oxford during a cold snap in early January, Steve, owner of Premier Fireplace, 31 Thompson Road in Webster, said “Mom, move here temporarily.”

Hilltop Self Storage is Addeo the Entrepreneur at work

By Rod Lee

One of the first things that becomes apparent in any conversation with Rocco Addeo is that there beats within him the heart of an entrepreneur.

In fact, mention this to Mr. Addeo and a smile accompanied by a nod is offered in return, by way of agreement.

The latest reflection of a yen on his part for tackling new startup ventures is Hilltop Self Storage of Grafton LLC.

Anticipation at a fever pitch for Shop Small in Whitinsville

By Rod Lee

“Small Business Saturday” in downtown Whitinsville may still be two weeks away but the buzz on Church St. is already loud, as the twenty-seven merchants who are participating in the fourth edition of the event look forward to November 25th.

“It’s awesome,” Shauna Baker of The Flower Shop, 110 Church St., said. Ms. Baker had emerged from a work area to the rear of her full-service florist and gift shop to talk with a visitor about the Thanksgiving-weekend blowout.

Bright future ʽon tap’ for KBC Brewery & Beer Garden

By Rod Lee

Brian Kretchman began home-brewing beer more than twenty years ago, never imagining at the time that what essentially started as a hobby would lead to the launch of a small brewery with go-to sales by growler only on Thompson Road in Webster in 2012.

Things have taken off from there, as they have for so many craft brewers who have capitalized on the public’s fervor for beer manufactured by hand in small batches. Wormtown in Worcester, Stone Cow in Barre, Wachusett in Westminster—for example. The list goes on and on.