Business Notes: Cantore’s Pizza Owner Buys Crossroads Country Cafe

  • The Crossroads Country Cafe building in White River Junction, Vt., on Sept. 26, 2017. (Valley News - Geoff Hansen) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Valley News Business Writer
Sunday, October 01, 2017

White River Junction — A popular Upper Valley comfort food destination has changed hands.

The Crossroads Country Cafe in White River Junction has been sold by its owner, Randy Jacobs, to Vincent Cantore, owner of Cantore’s Pizza in the Glen Road Plaza shopping center in West Lebanon.

Jacobs, who bought the Crossroads Country Cafe 14 years ago, is the owner of the Claremont Country Cafe.

Cantore, who opened Cantore’s Pizza six years ago, said the purchase closed on Monday and the restaurant will be renamed Cantore’s Crossroads Cafe.

“We are going to make some minor changes here and there but otherwise keep it a good quality breakfast and lunch business,” he said in a telephone interview Tuesday. Among the changes will be a “tweak” in the hours — from 5 a.m. to 2 p.m., seven days a week. The cafe used to be open until 3 p.m., but Cantore said “there isn’t much business” in that last hour.

The menu will remain the mostly same, he said, but desserts will return and cupcakes will be added. “Cupcakes,” he said, “are technically a small dessert.”

Company News

John and Janine Putnam, of Thistle Hill Farm in North Pomfret, were honored by Broomfield, Colo.-based Horizon Organic for their commitment to organic agriculture and quality milk production. The Putnams were awarded the National Quality Award, which recognizes the Horizon farmer partner who produces the highest-quality organic milk in Horizon’s milk supply. The awards were presented last month in conjunction with the annual Farm Aid concert in Burgettstown, Pa. The Putnams have been farming since 1986, and their farm has been certified organic since 1995. They now have 20 milking Jersey cows on their farm and their children, Lindsey, 30, Andrew, 29, Ian, 27, and Caleb, 22, have at some point all worked on the farm. Ian remains actively involved in the farm as a full-time milker. “This National Quality Award is really thanks to Ian,” Janine Putnam said in a news release from Horizon Organic.

Green Mountain Hypnosis has moved to a new location at 85 Mechanic St., Building H, in Lebanon. “Our new location allows for better accessibility,” Karen Gray, certified hypnotist, said in a news release. Gray opened Green Mountain Hypnosis, formerly located on Buck Road in Hanover, in 2016 after a 10 year career in nursing. She is certified in pain management using hypnosis but also works with clients on phobias and fears, as well as smoking cessation and weight management. For more information, visit www.greenmountainhypnosis.com or call 802-566-0464.

Chippers Inc., a commercial and residential tree service in Woodstock, recently renewed its three-year residential-commercial accreditation in accordance with Tree Care Co. accreditation standards put forth by the Tree Care Industry Association. Accredited companies must re-apply every three years so the association can verify that the company continues to meet the standards of the accreditation and employs best business practices.

The accreditation process involves an independent audit of the company’s insurance, licenses, customer service practices and operating standards. The company must also show evidence of formal employee training, adherence to safety and quality standards, compliance with industry standards, and employment of best business practices.

BE Fit Physical Therapy has opened its second clinic at the Upper Valley Aquatic Center in White River Junction. Physical therapists Dave Barlow and Eric Ellingson opened the business in 2009 at 45 Lyme Road in Hanover. The company now employs seven physical therapists and three staff members.

Upcoming Event

The Lebanon Area Chamber of Commerce, Vital Communities, and NHSaves will offer a free networking breakfast on energy efficiency on Oct. 11, from 7:30-9:30 a.m., at AVA Gallery & Art Center, 11 Bank St., Lebanon. Representatives from the energy consulting and auditing firm Resilient Buildings Group will facilitate a discussion of reducing energy costs, improving building comfort and the incentives and financing opportunities available for businesses that want to upgrade their facililities. A tour of the LEED Gold certified AVA Gallery will follow. Registration is required for this event. Visit NHSavesEvents.eventbrite.com for more details and to register.

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