Halloween Phenomenon

For October’s history issue we researched the long history of October 31 celebrations and the increasing commercial importance of this holiday. Halloween is not only a night of fantasy – you can dress up as anyone or anything regardless of age, nationality, politics, or gender – it is a growing business opportunity. Internationally, Halloween is seen in some countries as American cultural imperialism with Disney [...]

By |September 29th, 2021|Monthly Entrepreneur|

Keeping the Land

Before it started to rain and after the last Sunday lunch was served in the dining room, Tim Bontecou, President of Tamarack Preserve Ltd., took me for a SUV drive over the gravel roads and fields of the preserve, which have been in the Bontecou family since the late 1930s.  Starting out at the clubhouse and sporting clay stations, the narrow road followed the stream [...]

By |August 28th, 2021|Monthly Entrepreneur|

Growing A Business

Tom Scott, the founder and owner of Falls Village Flower Farm, sat down with me in his home office on a Sunday morning, to talk about the business he has built – or perhaps planted – over the last 24 years. How did you arrive in Falls Village in this idyllic location? I grew up in Dover Plains and when I was about ten years old [...]

By |July 29th, 2021|Monthly Entrepreneur|

Keeping It Simple

Gunther Fishgold and I talked over a picnic table at the Tierra Farm headquarters in Valatie, NY, for Main Street’s food issue. Tierra Farm is a profitable food manufacturer specializing in certified organic and fair-trade nuts, seeds, granola, dried fruit, spices, coffee, and tea. Starting from an organic farm stand in the Finger Lakes, the business has experienced rapid growth while striving to maintain its unique culture and business philosophy. [...]

By |June 29th, 2021|Monthly Entrepreneur|


Navigating the Financial Universe with Nicholas Stuller

Nothing can be as swift as the winds of change when it comes to managing money — especially when those winds shift with sudden, and dramatic force. For Nicholas Stuller, one of the foremost authorities on financial advising, captaining your economic ship requires a steady hand, some calculated risk and a patient predilection for seeking knowledge. “I have always been curious about the financial services […]

By |July 5th, 2020|Business|

Apple Lady & Family Farm Advocate

Elizabeth Ryan spoke to us from her truck, parked at the Breezy Hill farm stand in the Union Square market in NYC on a busy Saturday when we had our first conversation about Ryan’s multiple businesses. I wanted to interview her because of the exceptional cherry pies Breezy Hill sells at the Millerton Farmer’s Market. What I discovered was an ambitious agricultural enterprise headed by […]

By |June 29th, 2020|Business|

They’re There for Us

Many of my friends have described their very positive recent experiences at Sharon Hospital in Sharon, CT, during these last difficult months. Their enthusiastic comments made me realize how fortunate we are to have a local health care facility in our rural area. It made me wonder how the hospital adjusted to this sudden emergency. What were the tough decisions? And what about those tents? […]

By |June 2nd, 2020|Business|

4 Reasons to Refinance a Mortgage – You Still Have Time

Mortgage rates recently reached their lowest level in years. That means if you haven’t yet refinanced your home, you still have time. Here are four good reasons to refinance:

  1. Lower your monthly payments. Refinancing to a lower rate could not only help you reduce your monthly payment, but also save you thousands of dollars over the life of your loan.
  2. Shorten the term of your […]
By |October 21st, 2019|Business|
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