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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.

The site lives anew--on Facebook

By Rod Lee

Talking about the website and its reincarnation as a Facebook page last week, Carla Manzi acknowledged that the power of social media was too strong for her to resist.

This is not to say she doesn’t have some regrets. The website, a veritable treasure trove of information about Ms. Manzi’s hometown, is an impressive piece of work—built “from bits and pieces of Webster’s past” by a team consisting of herself, her dad Jim Manzi and Chad Pepin.