Leon Thompson

Freelance Writer

Leon Thompson was born in raised in northwestern Vermont. A graduate of Lyndon State College, he is a freelance writer for the St. Albans Messenger and a former Messenger staff writer. Leon's writing has garnered him awards from the New England Press Association and the National Newspaper Association, among others. He is the author of three books. Leon Thompson’s It’s Your Business feature appears on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday in the St. Albans Messenger. Interested in having your business featured? Contact Leon at wunwish@yahoo.com.

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Studio 3 Dance & Fitness

SWANTON –– Hip hop, jazz, ballet, modern and contemporary dance are just some of the offerings that a pair of familiar faces to dance students are teaching at a new studio for children and adults. Michelle Little and Rachel Bilodeau … Read more

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Champlain Restaurant

Champlain Restaurant

SWANTON –– In the 17 years that Mike Swim has been club pro at Champlain Country Club, he has come to know all aspects of the 18-hole course. Now, he is getting to know the restaurant even better. After watching … Read more

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Planet Video

Planet Video

ST. ALBANS CITY –– If you enjoy good conversation, especially good conversation about movies and video games – of all types, from all eras – meet Dan Bathalon. Dan owns Planet Video, a retro gaming store that also includes movies, … Read more

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Rick Lapan's Automotive

Rick Lapan’s Automotive

ST. ALBANS –– Rick Lapan was 10 when he started his life in grease, tearing apart lawnmowers and tinkering on cars with his dad. “I like the satisfaction of fixing something,” said Rick, at Rick Lapan’s Automotive, the auto shop … Read more

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Townline Auto

Townline Auto

SWANTON –– From a young age, Chase Cota always knew he wanted to own an automotive shop, so at a young age, he opened one. Chase was almost 20 when he opened Townline Auto on VT Rte. 78, on the … Read more

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Infinity Scarves by Pam

Infinity Scarves by Pam

ST. ALBANS –– “Over the head. One twist. Done.” Pam Cross is demonstrating how to put on an infinity scarf – the fashionable, popular, closed-loop ladies’ scarf that is typically made of flexible fabric (such as polyester-based materials, over cotton) … Read more

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Bertrand Electric.IYB

Bertrand Electric

SWANTON –– Corey Bertrand is a master electrician, and he wears the designation proudly. “It’s a rewarding job,” he said recently, at Bertrand Electric, which he operates from a 2,500 square-foot building on Rte. 7, in southern Swanton. “You do something … Read more

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Guilmette's Handyman Services.IYB

Guilmette’s Handyman Services

ST. ALBANS –– James Guilmette is a big, friendly guy with a big, friendly business motto: “No job is too small.” Translation: He is not above any task. So just ask. “And when my work is done, it’s done right,” … Read more

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Robin's Shear Designs

Robins Shear Designs

ST. ALBANS CITY –– With its high ceilings, marvelous checkerboard floors, and tall windows that let in tons of natural light, it’s no wonder Robin Lebel has operated her salon out of an historic railroad building in St. Albans for most … Read more

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Gift Of Design.IYB

The Gift of Design

ST. ALBANS –– As an artist, Kim Dostaler has right-brained tendencies toward graphic design and left-brained tendencies toward painting. That important internal balance also helps Kim find work – and have fun – at her home-based business, The Gift of … Read more

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