Green Team Profile: Jake Checani

Last updated on February 28th, 2019 at 04:03 pm

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2018 was Jake’s first year at Vermont Woods Studios, but you wouldn’t know it based on how many different roles he fills on a daily basis. In addition to keeping everyone warm in the winter and making sure Stonehurst looks her best, Jake also heads our delivery and furniture transport team.

Now, he’s #VWSGreenTeam featured.

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Green Team Profile: Dennis Shanoff

Last updated on February 28th, 2019 at 04:03 pm

In this month’s #VWSGreenTeam profile, we’re meeting Dennis Shanoff. Dennis is the longest tenured employee at Vermont Woods Studios and has been with the company since it was run out of a spare bedroom in Peggy and Ken’s home. Read More

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Green Team Profile: Ken Farabaugh

Last updated on February 28th, 2019 at 04:03 pm

Ken is one of the co-founders of Vermont Woods Studios, along with his wife, Peggy Farabaugh. The original craftsmen at Vermont Woods Studios (Peggy started selling Ken’s furniture online in 2005), he’s got ~40 years of experience building furniture. Read More

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Megan Fulton: Welcome to The Woods

Last updated on February 28th, 2019 at 04:05 pm

Welcome to the team Megan!

Megan Fulton joins our Marketing team as the new Marketing Assistant. She will be taking the reins of our social media platforms, blogging and community involvement–as well as helping with marketing strategies and PR projects.

Megan Fulton

A graduate from Emerson College in Boston, MA with BS in Marketing Communications and minor in Psychology, Megan studied abroad in the Netherlands, in a refurbished 14th Century Castle, “Kasteel Well”. She’s traveled to 13 countries and some of her favorite cities are Amsterdam, Madrid and Lucerne.

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Emerson College’s Kasteel Well-a view from the back of the Main Castle and inner moat.

 

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Pictures from Megan’s time abroad-Sicily, Amsterdam, Barcelona

She has a passion for Human Rights that started when she was 18 and she began her journey with the non-profit organization, Calling All Crows. During her time with CAC she traveled alongside Boston bands, State Radio and Dispatch, first as an Alternative Break Tour Volunteer and worked her way up to an intern, Tour Leader and “Team Bostonia” Regional Coordinator.

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Megan at Service Project in Cologne, Germany with members of the band State Radio and Alternative Break Tour Volunteers

Megan is excited to join the Vermont Woods Studios team and use her passion and experience to help grow the mission of VWS.

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Megan with her dog Charlie and a picture she snapped during the Red Sox victory parade in 2013

When she’s not here at our Stonehurst Showroom she can be found walking or hiking with her black lab Charlie or cheering on the Red Sox and Patriots!

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Tristan Fletcher: Welcome to The Woods

Last updated on February 28th, 2019 at 04:04 pm

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Tristan’s been learning the Vermont Woods Studios ropes from his dad since he was barely a teenager. I took this snapshot a couple years ago when we were renting a tiny office space from Teddy George at George’s Mill in Vernon.

This isn’t the first time I’ve had the pleasure of welcoming Tristan Fletcher into our family of hardworking fine furniture specialists at Vermont Woods Studios.  Tristan’s been helping us since back in the day when we were working out of the guest bedroom in my house.  He was barely a teenager when we started recruiting him to help with data entry and photo-shopping.  Over the years he’s added additional skills like computer networking and troubleshooting to his repertoire.  Not to mention lawn-mowing, wood cutting/stacking and showroom cleaning.

Come to think of it, Tristan’s probably a serious competitor to Ken and Loryn when it comes to winning the VWS “jack of all trades” award.

Here's Tristan and fellow "groundskeepers" at Stonehurst last summer.  The foursome (from left, Teagen Fletcher, Riley Farabaugh, Trenton Fletcher and Tristan)
Here’s Tristan and fellow “grounds keepers” at Stonehurst last summer. The foursome (from left, Taegen Fletcher, Riley Farabaugh, Trenton Fletcher and Tristan) managed to keep smiling (mostly) throughout  the process of cutting and stacking 40 cords of wood.

When I asked Tristan how he acquired his expertise with computers he said he got interested by playing online video games. “While at my friend’s house I saw his custom computer and at that moment it started my interest. As a computer gamer the technology is never enough so I tinker and get as much performance as I can. New leading edge things come out which make the computer work better/faster and instantly I need to have them.

I’ve been customizing computers for about 3 years.  There’s nothing like having all the separate parts and spending a day building and putting a computer together to experience the final product and being able to say “I made that”.

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“There is nothing like spending a day building and putting all the pieces of a computer together and being able to say “I made that”.
When he's not going to school, working at Vermont Woods Studios, building computers or hanging out with friends, Tristan likes to draw.
When he’s not going to school, working at Vermont Woods Studios, building computers or hanging out with friends, Tristan likes to draw.
Big sister, Taegen adds a little levity to the task of maintining our furniture showroom at Stonehurst.
Big sister, Taegen Fletcher also helps us out at Vermont Woods Studios.  No job is too big or too small

Everyone’s excited about having Tristan on board full time now at Stonehurst. We’ve stationed him in the Brainiac Room with Neville and Martin where he’ll be helping them turn our dreams into reality.  It’s great to have you on board full time, Tristan!

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So Long Student Interns

Last updated on February 28th, 2019 at 04:17 pm

Vermont Woods Studios Furniture Interns: Taegen, Riley, Trenton and Tristan.
Vermont Woods Studios Furniture student interns: Taegen, Riley, Trenton and Tristan.

It’s a beautiful, warm sunny summer day at Vermont Woods Studios which makes it hard to believe Autumn is almost here.  But if the weather isn’t enough of a reminder,  the annual loss of our student interns is making it all too clear.

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The Fab Four gathered and cut 40 cords of firewood this summer!

Today we send them our heartfelt thanks for all the hard work they put in throughout the summer.  Perhaps the toughest job they had was gathering, slicing and dicing 40 cords of firewood to keep the rest of us warm during the winter.

Vermont Woods Studios Furniture Interns: busy stacking 40 cords of firewood
What name do you think this band of rock stars should take up?

They also pitched in on many other tasks required to maintain our woodlands and keep our Stonehurst fine furniture store looking clean, green & beautiful.  We wish them great success at school and in their other endeavors.  Hope to see you guys back here next summer!

Vermont Woods Studios Furniture Interns: managing our woodlands
Stay out of Taegen’s way when she’s driving the tractor!

 

Vermont Woods Studios Furniture Interns: and Wood Man
Name suggestions for this new member of the Vermont Woods team?

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Birds, Bees, and Butterflies: Creating their Home at Stonehurst

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After this long, harsh Vermont winter–the small joys of springtime, like gardening, are cherished. Nina has been outside all morning planting Cosmos for our butterfly garden. Cosmos are annuals that are known for their showy, colorful flowers. They are treasures to look at but we adore them for another reason, because they attract birds, bees, and butterflies. We are trying to create a natural landscape that is both beautiful and wildlife friendly, as our showroom sits on more than one hundred acres of woodland and meadow; Land that many species call home.

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Liz, our company green thumb, wanted in on some of the planting and came down to assist Nina. While most of the time Liz is on the phone or computer chatting with our customers, there are some days where we just have to make time to get out in the radiant Vermont sunshine. Today is one of those days. Fotor0610132621

While the garden is just getting started, there is still a lot of beauty to be seen at Stonehurst. We’d love to invite you to visit our charming country showroom where the forest serves as the backdrop to some of Vermont’s finest natural wood furniture.

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See you soon! 🙂

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Nina Markiw: Welcome to the Woods

Last updated on February 28th, 2019 at 04:06 pm

Nina Markiw | Welcome to Vermont Woods Studios Fine Furniture

Today it’s my great pleasure to welcome our newest team member, Nina Narkiw to Vermont Woods Studios.  As a professional photographer, Nina will be working with Dennis and Kelsey in our Marketing department.  Her focus will be on conveying the beauty and quality of Vermont’s fine furniture to those who are unable to visit our Stonehurst showroom and see it in person.

A graduate of Johnson State College with a BA in Studio Art and a concentration in photography, Nina made the Presidents List and graduated magna cum laude.  She owns White Blossom Art, a small business that offers wedding photography, fine art photography and paintings.  In her “spare time” Nina helps in the family’s floral business Checkerberry Hill, which specializes in custom floral designs for weddings and other special events.

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Here’s one of my favorite photos by Nina, as featured on her website White Blossom Art.
A babbling brook and autumn leaves by Nina Markiw
Photography isn’t her only expertise.  Nina also has a passion for painting.

For Nina, “art is a way of life and not just a hobby”.  At Vermont Woods Studios we feel very lucky to have her caliber of talent and drive on our team.  Please join me in extending a warm welcome to Nina on our Facebook!

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Kelsey Eaton Dances into the Woods

Last updated on February 28th, 2019 at 04:07 pm

Kelsey Eaton, Marketing Maven at Vermont's Online Fine Furniture Store

Finding people who want to work at Vermont Woods Studios is easy, but finding just the right person for a particular job opening is hard.  Over the last few years, whenever we’ve advertised a job opening, we’ve had 50-100 applicants express interest.  About 25% of them are excellent candidates and we usually end up interviewing about 5-10 people for each opening.

As with any employer, we’re looking for people who are smart, hard-working, driven, creative and easy to get along with.  We also consider who the new employee will be spending most of their time with and try to make sure there is a good fit between the personalities.  Beyond that though, there is something intangible involved in selecting the right person.  In Kelsey Eaton’s case it was a spirit of determination and courage and a notion that anything is achievable.  Here’s a little bit about her background:

Kelsey’s a recent graduate of Green Mountain College in Poultney, Vermont where she earned her BS in Communications with a concentration in Media Practices.  She is now pursuing a masters degree in Internet marketing at Full Sail University.  Kelsey’s career in marketing began at age 11 when she created an e-zine called The Underworld– a weekly email publication that featured her own original poetry and photography as well as music reviews and celebrity gossip.

While at Green Mountain College, Kelsey was selected as Art Director and Marketing Manager for the school’s monthly publication, The Mountaineer.  Besides using social media to connect with supporters, Kelsey also employed telemarketing– a feat no ordinary person could ever survive, right?

After graduating from GMC Kelsey worked her own freelance designer business, doing a variety of graphic design, writing, and photography projects, including work for Poultney’s famous Full Belly Deli.

Now she spends her time working with Dennis in our Marketing “Department” (that would be Dennis and Kelsey).  She reaches out to customers and friends, promoting Vermont made fine furniture to local, regional and national media outlets as well as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Houzz and the Vermont Furniture Blog.  In her free time, Kelsey teaches belly dancing (Loryn and Liz are her star pupils) and enjoys music and writing.

Help us welcome Kelsey Eaton to Vermont Woods Studios by giving her a thumbs up on Facebook!

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Michelle Rooks Brings a Little Drama Into the Woods

Last updated on February 28th, 2019 at 04:07 pm

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We are proud to be able to  introduce you to Michelle Rooks, our new Customer Service Representative at Vermont Woods Studios.  Besides working with our furniture makers to accurately relay and monitor your orders, Michelle is in charge of performing arts education for the office. Unfortunately we missed seeing her act in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and The Sound of Music (above) but soon we’ll get to see her in Les Mis and Shrek.

One of the reasons we feel so lucky to be moving in to Stonehurst later this week is that it’s located a block away from the house of a local celebrity (yes, famous people do live here in Vernon– well, famous to us, anyway).   Thespian, Michelle Rooks is our new Vermont Woods Studios Customer Service Representative by day.  But on weekends, nights and holidays you can often find Michelle “acting out” at Ja’Duke Performing Arts Theater in neighboring Turners Falls, MA.

After her first full week at Vermont Woods Studios, when she was heading home after work on Friday afternoon, Michelle casually mentioned that she was going to perform that night as a French maid in an Alfred Hitchcock thriller called The Rope.  She invited us to see the play, but I think she was a bit surprised when Douglas, Liz, Sean, Loryn, Kendall and I all showed up in the front row to cheer her on.  We had a great time and can’t wait to attend Michelle’s next couple plays:  Les Miserables and Shrek, the Musical.

Michelle has a BS in Journalism and Advertising with a minor in Animal Science.  Her professional background includes expertise in the publishing world encompassing such areas as editing, photo manipulation, desktop publishing and proofreading.  Customers will appreciate her eye for detail… as do our furniture makers!

Michelle lives down the street with her husband Chris, two beautiful children and Faith, their lovable rescue dog.  She is an active volunteer at her church and at the kids’ school.  We are fortunate that she’s worked us into her very busy schedule!  We love her Midwestern sensibilities and wry sense of humor that keep us grounded, even on our craziest days.  Welcome aboard, Michelle!

 

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