Telegraph Business Ticker Smokeshire Design celebrates 1st anniversary; Chef Tostrup launches community fund-raisers

Smokeshire Design celebrates first anniversary

Smokeshire Design, the fine home-wares shop of locally made and handcrafted goods located 3630 VT Route 103 North in Chester, will be celebrating its first anniversary for a week of events and giveaways.

The celebration starts on Friday, Nov. 23 — Glass Friday — with a daily door prize drawing of Simon Pearce glass ornaments.

From 5 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 30, owner Nancy Pennell will hold a wine tasting with Meditrina Wine and Cheese. It will include a drawing for a pair of Simon Pearce wine glasses of the winner’s choice.

On Saturday, Dec. 1 will be the First Holiday Open House featuring wine, beer, cider, appetizers, treats. There will also be two drawings: one for a large Simon Pearce glass tree and one for a large Andrew Pearce wooden bowl of your choice.

Enter anytime during the week by putting your name in the bowl, you do not need to be present and no purchase is necessary to win. Winners must pick up their prize at the store.

The shop is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Sunday. For more information call 802-875-3109.

Free Range launches community fund-raisers

From left, Family Center President Stephanie Mahoney and past President Nena Nanfeldt and Free Range owner Jason Tostrup

On Thursday, Oct. 25, Jason Tostrup, owner/chef of the Free Range Restaurant in Chester, launched his “Eat It Up” community service initiative with a donation to the Chester-Andover Family Center.

Tostrup’s goal is to partner with local organizations that serve the community and provide a percentage of an evening’s restaurant  proceeds to support the work of the organization. More than $250 was raised that evening for the family center.

Tostrup provided complimentary hors’d’oeuvres that made the wait enjoyable. Diners could also check out information about how the Family Center serves the community.

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About the Author: Cynthia Prairie has been a newspaper editor more than 40 years. Cynthia has worked at such publications as the Raleigh Times, the Baltimore News American, the Buffalo Courier Express, the Chicago Sun-Times and the Patuxent Publishing chain of community newspapers in Maryland, and has won numerous state awards for her reporting. As an editor, she has overseen her staffs to win many awards for indepth coverage. She and her family moved to Chester, Vermont in 2004.

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