Vermont’s Top Rated Local® Barber Shops Award Winner: Ronin Men’s Salon

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Ronin Men’s Salon is a 2019 award winner for barber shops in Vermont!

Look and feel your best with the help of Ronin Men’s Salon in Hartford.

Ronin Men’s Salon has received dozens of reviews with an average rating of 4.78 stars, earning them a fantastic Rating Score™ of 95.78 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking among the top five barber shops in all of Vermont!

Here’s just one of the many five-star reviews that got them there:

“Connie is the best hair stylist I’ve ever had the pleasure of doing business with. She was able to understand my style and make improvements on it on the very first visit — something no other stylist I’ve ever visited has been able to do. Her focus on men’s haircuts really shows in her work. If you are a man seeking a new stylist, new style or just someone who can maintain your style effectively, I would highly recommend going to Connie.” – Tom C.

Not Your Average Barber Shop

We wanted to learn what makes this award-winning business tick, so we took a few minutes to talk with Connie White, the owner of Ronin Men’s Salon.

To kick off our conversation, we asked Connie about what it is that makes Ronin Men’s Salon unique compared to the many other barber shops in Vermont. Connie told us:

“I have been doing men’s haircuts only for 12+ years, and I take advanced classes on new cuts and styles. If a customer goes somewhere and gets a bad haircut, they come here for a fix, and I will not charge them for that.”

We also asked Connie about the Ronin Men’s Salon mission and how she works to make the world a better place. Here’s her response:

“I donate gift certificates to the VA hospital and give vets free haircuts. Men are open to me about hair loss, and I give them advice on ways to prevent or slow down certain types of hair loss.”

Building Success by Making Sure Customers are Happy

Connie credits Ronin Men’s Salon’s strong online reputation to her commitment to ensuring that everyone who walks through the door is very happy with their haircut.

Outside of building a powerful online reputation, Ronin Men’s Salon has grown solely through word of mouth, which says something about the kind of service Connie offers.

There are many business owners looking to grow their business and build their online reputation. Here’s Connie’s expert advice for them:

“You have to do what you love, and you have to care. If you are not being genuine, people will know it.”

Connie ended our conversation with this shoutout to her customers:

“I want to give a shoutout to all of my great customers!!!!”


Congratulations to Ronin Men’s Salon for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Connie, for taking the time to speak with us!

We highly recommend Ronin Men’s Salon in Hartford. Visit their website today!

Vermont’s Top Rated Local® Barber Shops Award Winner: The Barber Todd

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that The Barber Todd is the number one barber shop in all of Vermont for 2019!

When you want a great haircut in Montpelier, there’s no better barber shop to turn to than The Barber Todd.

The Barber Todd has received hundreds of reviews on three verified sites with an average rating of 4.99 stars, earning them a spectacular Rating Score™ of 95.93 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for being ranked the number one barber shop in all of Vermont!

Here’s just one of their many five-star reviews:

“I’ve skipped around between most of the barber shops in the Barre/Montpelier area and have always been unenthused by the results. However, after getting several haircuts from Todd, my search is over. Every cut looks great and comes out as I described it to him. Todd is efficient and very reasonably priced. You won’t be disappointed.” – Kyle D.

Not Your Average Barber Shop

We wanted to know what makes Vermont’s number one barber shop so special, so we took a few minutes to talk with the owner, Todd Wheeler.

The first question we had for Todd was what makes The Barber Todd unique compared to their competition in Vermont. Todd pointed to his 33 years of experience and his vision. He also shared a little advice that his father gave him when he first started training Todd at 16 years old:

“I can teach you 1,000 different cutting techniques and styles, but if you don’t know the proper haircut for the person that’s in your chair, then it doesn’t matter how much you learn.”

When Todd asked how, his father said:

“You have to trust your vision. Look at someone; look at their face; look at their head; look at their lifestyle; look at their shoulders…”

We also asked Todd about The Barber Todd’s mission and how he works to make the world a better place. Todd told us:

“What makes me feel really good about my job is, a lot of times in the course of the day, when I’m done with a haircut, the client tells me that they feel better — not that they look better but that they feel better. To me, that’s one of the greatest compliments I could ever get from a customer. Haircuts grow out. They change. All kinds of things happen. But if I can make someone feel better, they might interact with the community better, and they might interact with their partner or children better because they feel better about themselves. I feel that’s one of my major contributions to the community.”

Building Success by Providing the Service Customers Want

When we asked Todd what their secret is to such a strong online reputation at The Barber Todd, he said:

“I just simply give my customers the service that they want. A lot of people come in and say, ‘I’ve been to this barber shop or this hair salon, and when I tell them what I want, the stylist does whatever they want to do and not what is requested.’ I simply give people what they ask for. That’s really it.”

Apart from building the kind of online reputation any business would envy, The Barber Todd has spread the word about their service through Google, search optimization, their website and word of mouth.

Every business owner wants to grow their business and build their online reputation the way The Barber Todd has. Here’s Todd’s advice for them:

“You have to have a strong website. You have to produce what you promise. If you promise a really good blanket, make a good blanket. Have a passion for what you do… Have a company, like Google, to back your website. I don’t know how many businesses in town I compete with, but I think there’s only one that has a website.”

Todd ended our conversation with this touching note:

“I cannot say how grateful I am that not only has the community supported me but they have motivated to do better work. …I’ve had wives come into the shop and tell me how great their husband looks.. I had a kid that was getting picked on at school because his hair was kind of strange. His mom brought him into the shop and I gave him a great cut. The kids actually started liking this boy because he said he got his haircut at The Barber Todd. It really built this little boy’s confidence up. It’s not a matter of a haircut; it’s a matter of making someone feel better.”


Congratulations to the team at The Barber Todd for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Todd, for taking the time to speak with us!

We highly recommend The Barber Todd in Montpelier. Visit their website today!

Vermont’s Top Rated Local® Award Winner: Premier Entertainment & Events

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Premier Entertainment & Events is a 2019 award winner in Vermont!

Make your big day one to remember with the help of the professional, experienced DJs at Premier Entertainment & Events in South Burlington.

Premier Entertainment & Events has received hundreds of reviews with an average rating of 4.97 stars, earning them a wonderful Rating Score™ of 97.66 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking among the top 25 businesses in all of Vermont!

Here’s just one of their many five-star reviews:

“We were so happy to choose Premier as our wedding DJ! From the first interaction, Talena and Jim had us covered! They were familiar with our venue, and on the day of the event, they worked to ensure that everything went smoothly, from the ceremony to speeches at cocktail hour and, of course, the reception. The music was killer! We got many compliments on the selection, featuring classics through the decades that everyone, from our grandparents to young children, enjoyed dancing to! I would recommend Premier to anyone who needs a wedding DJ in the area!” – Alec B.

Not Your Average DJs

We wanted to learn all about Premier Entertainment & Events and its impressive online reputation, so we took a few minutes to talk with the owner, Talena.

The first question we had for Talena was what is it that sets Premier Entertainment & Events apart from their competition in Vermont. Here’s Talena’s response:

“Our biggest differentiator is the people aspect that we put into it. We work to create a relationship with our customers and get to know them and their vision.”

We also wanted to know how the team at Premier Entertainment & Events works to make their community a better place. Here’s what Talena had to say:

“We work with a couple of charities every year, including Outright Vermont, which is for at-risk youth.”

Building Success With a Lot of Passion

Talena attributes Premier Entertainment & Events’ strong online reputation to passion they put into their business, as well as to the fact that they ask their clients for reviews.

Outside of building a powerful online reputation, Premier Entertainment & Events has gotten their name out there through radio advertising, word of mouth and referrals.

There are so many business owners out there looking to build the kind of online reputation Premier Entertainment & Events has. Here’s Talena’s expert advice for them:

“Focus on the human element, and connect with your customers to leave a lasting impression.”


Congratulations to the team at Premier Entertainment & Events for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Talena, for taking the time to speak with us!

We highly recommend Premier Entertainment & Events in South Burlington. Visit their website today!

Vermont’s Top Rated Local® Computer IT Services Award Winner: Pure PC Repair

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Pure PC Repair is the number one computer IT service in all of Vermont for 2019!

When it comes to computer repair in Newport, no other company can compare to Pure PC Repair.

Pure PC Repair has received dozens of reviews on three verified sites with a perfect average rating of 5.00 stars, earning them a spectacular Rating Score™ of 96.00 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for being ranked the number one computer IT service in all of Vermont!

Here’s just one of their many five-star reviews:

“I’ve been doing business with Pure PC Repair for a while now and find them to have outstanding service. The work is done properly and in a timely manner. I give this business an AAA+++. This person is very polite, and I strongly feel that my personal files were respected. I will continue to do business with Pure PC Repair and would recommend them to anyone in need! He’s the best. Pure PC Repair repaired my laptop that hasn’t been used for over four years. Pure PC Repair has also designed two desktops specific to my needs, and I was totally amazed… I totally trust this business now and for future purchases, and the rates were reasonable. Thanks so much, Pure PC Repair.” – Laura W.

Not Your Average Computer Repair Company

We wanted to know what makes Vermont’s number one computer IT service so special, so we took a few minutes to talk with the owner, Travis.

The first question we had for Travis was what makes Pure PC Repair unique compared to their competition in Vermont. Travis pointed to the next-level customer service they offer and said:

“I’m not trying to suck every dime out of everyone. I know what I need to get by, and I don’t need to make any more than that. My average computer repair is $40-60, and the same job done by anyone else is around $120. There’s no need to charge someone $60 an hour for something that only takes 20 minutes.”

Travis went on to say:

“I get a lot of older customers who don’t know a lot about computers. I show them firsthand. Sometimes, I’ll spend 30 minutes on the phone with them, even though I’m not going to make anything off of it. They like that; they want that time spent with them so they can understand things. They didn’t go to school for it. At my age, we had computers growing up, but they didn’t. It helps them when I explain things without rushing them…”

We also asked Travis about Pure PC Repair’s mission and how they work to make the world a better place. Travis told us:

“I just try to give my clients good deals and make it so they don’t have to buy a new computer. Nowadays, everyone thinks it’s too expensive to fix a computer, so they just go out and buy another one at Wal-Mart that costs $300. And the one that they buy is usually worse than the one they have because they spent $1,000 on the one they have. It’s a lot easier to sink $60 on a repair than going out to buy a new one that’s not even half of the computer they have. I just want to keep people happy, and I don’t want them to keep spending. They shouldn’t have to buy a new computer every three years. There’s no need for it…”

Building Success by Making Clients Happy

When we asked Travis what their secret is to such a strong online reputation at Pure PC Repair, he said:

“I spend a lot of time just trying to make my clients happy. I get a lot of older people, and patience is a big part of it. If I can’t fix it, I don’t charge them, either. Even just for a diagnosis, I don’t charge them.”

Apart from building the kind of online reputation any business would envy, Pure PC Repair has spread the word about their service by keeping Facebook up to date and through word of mouth.

Every business owner wants to grow their business and build their online reputation the way Pure PC Repair has. Here’s Travis’ advice for them:

“Take it slow. Don’t always think about money first. Try to think about the customer and what they need, because that one customer you made happy, they’re going to tell someone else. The next thing you know, you’ll have a bunch of customers coming in because you made that one customer happy and not because you nickel and dimed them. If they spent their whole paycheck on something, they’re going to tell their friends. They’re going to say bad things. They want good prices and patience.”


Congratulations to the team at Pure PC Repair for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Travis, for taking the time to speak with us!

We highly recommend Pure PC Repair in Newport. Visit their website today!

Vermont’s Top Rated Local® Carpet Cleaners Award Winner: Chem-Dry of Rutland-Killington

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Chem-Dry of Rutland-Killington is an award winner for carpet cleaners in 2019.

If you are looking for a carpet cleaning company that will get even your grungiest carpets looking and smelling like new, look no further than this award-winning company!

Chem-Dry of Rutland-Killington has received many overwhelmingly positive reviews across multiple verified sites with an average rating of 4.99 stars, earning them an impressive Rating Score™ of 93.86 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking as one of the top three carpet cleaners in Vermont!

Here’s just one of their many five-star reviews:

“They have a friendly and knowledgeable staff who are extremely accommodating and who do impeccable work. I love the fresh, clean smell after their work is complete. I highly recommend them!” – J.O.

It is because of excellent reviews like this that Chem-Dry of Rutland-Killington is now able to call themselves a Top Rated Local award winner!

Not Your Average Carpet Cleaning Company

We were excited to learn all about Chem-Dry of Rutland-Killington and how they have gotten where they are today, so we sat down with the owner, Gary Catozzi.

The first thing we wanted to know was what it is that makes Chem-Dry of Rutland-Killington stand apart from its competitors. Gary shared:

“We have 54 Green Certified products; we can give clients a Certified Green Clean. We do not use soaps; we use all-natural products.”

Gary said that their motto is: “Drier, cleaner, healthier,” because they use 80-percent less moisture than other companies.

He went on to tell us about the Chem-Dry of Rutland-Killington business mission, saying:

“Chem-Dry’s mission is helping people live healthy lives starting with clean carpets and a healthy home.”

Building Success With Honesty and Hard Work

Chem-Dry of Rutland-Killington has earned a fantastic reputation, so we asked Gary how they have managed to grow their business and get such great reviews. Gary said it comes down to their awesome customer service and their honesty around pricing.

In addition to building the kind of online reputation that any small business would envy, Chem-Dry of Rutland-Killington has spread the word about who they are and what they do through word of mouth and by keeping in touch with their customers. One of the ways they keep in touch with their community is by sending out reminders and thank you cards!

There are many businesses out there that are looking to build as impressive a reputation as Chem-Dry of Rutland-Killington has managed to. We asked if Gary could share any expert advice with these companies. Here’s what he had to say:

“Put in the hard work; take the jobs, and do the best you can. Be honest and upfront with your prices; don’t get greedy. Do not bad-mouth your competition. Appearance is big, so make sure you have uniforms and show up very professionally.”


Congratulations to Chem-Dry of Rutland-Killington for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and special thanks to Gary for taking the time to speak with us!

Vermont’s Top Rated Local® Moving Service Companies Award Winner: Booska Worldwide Movers

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Booska Worldwide Movers is an award winner for moving service companies in 2019.

If you are looking for a moving service company that will take the stress out of your next big move, look no further than this award-winning company!

Booska Worldwide Movers has received many overwhelmingly positive reviews across four different verified sites with an average rating of 4.40 stars, earning them an impressive Rating Score™ of 87.04 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking as the number one moving service company in Vermont!

Here’s just one of their many five-star reviews:

“I’ve moved eight times, and I will have to say that this was by far the best and smoothest experience I’ve had. They were very prompt, courteous, and super careful with everything. There were no issues at all, and they made a potentially stressful situation (moving) very easy. They are all very professional, and I would absolutely recommend them to anyone, hands down. This was a very great experience.” – K.R.

It is because of excellent reviews like this that Booska Worldwide Movers is now able to call themselves a Top Rated Local award winner!

Not Your Average Moving Service Company

We were excited to learn all about Booska Worldwide Movers and how they have gotten where they are today, so we sat down with Sarah Booska, the office administrator.

The first thing we wanted to know was what it is that makes Booska Worldwide Movers stand apart from its competitors. Sarah told us about the importance of family to this multi-generational company. Seventy-three years ago, her great-grandfather started the business, and it has been passed down through the family to the point that Sarah is now a part of the fourth generation of family in the business. They work long, hard hours to make sure that to uphold the values that the company was founded on back in the 1940s. Sarah shared:

“One of the most important things is that we still have three generations working. We consider all of our employees to be family. We extend ourselves to really make them feel like a part of our family.”

Sarah said that their ultimate business mission is to provide their customers with a good service for a good price.

Building Success And Staying Involved In The Community

Booska Worldwide Movers has earned a fantastic reputation, so we asked Sarah how they have managed to grow their business and get such great reviews. Sarah said that it is their 50 employees they have to thank for the stellar reviews. She said:

“It starts with providing a great service. It’s the employees out in the field that our customers really enjoy, and that reflects on our online presence.”

In addition to building the kind of online reputation that any small business would envy, Booska Worldwide Movers has spread the word about who they are and what they do by staying involved in the community, where they donate their services to multiple events and help with the state fair. Word of mouth has been one of their most valuable form of getting their name out.

There are many businesses out there that are looking to build as impressive a reputation as Booska Worldwide Movers has managed to. We asked if Sarah could share any expert advice with these companies. Here’s what she had to say:

“Do whatever you have to do to keep your customers happy. The results will follow. The goal is to fix [things] and make sure the customer is happy at the end of the day.”


Congratulations to Booska Worldwide Movers for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and special thanks to Sarah for taking the time to speak with us!

Vermont’s Top Rated Local® Roofing Contractors Award Winner: Primo Roofing Co

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Primo Roofing Co is an award winner for roofing contractors in 2019.

If you are looking for a trusted, local roofing contracting company, look no further than this award-winning company!

Primo Roofing Co has received many overwhelmingly positive reviews across three different verified sites with an average rating of 4.96 stars, earning them an impressive Rating Score™ of 96.64 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking as one of the top three roofing contractors in Vermont!

Here’s just one of their many five-star reviews:

“I cannot say enough about Josh and the Primo team. Not only do my roofs look great, but my property is cleaner than when they arrived. They are a respectful team that works like a well-oiled machine. Thanks for a job well done!” – K.W.

It is because of excellent reviews like this that Primo Roofing Co is now able to call themselves a Top Rated Local award winner!

Not Your Average Roofing Contracting Company

We were excited to learn all about Primo Roofing Co and how they have gotten where they are today, so we sat down with the owner, Joshua Webster.

The first thing we wanted to know was what it is that makes Primo Roofing Co stand apart from its competitors. Josh told us that the quality of their employees, teamed with the incredible craftsmanship they put into every job, helps them to stand out more than anything else. He said:

“Why hire Primo? Because when we leave, the grounds look better than when we came, and the roof is free and clear of all defects. Our craftsmanship is above par. The quality of materials is typically better than our competition. It’s a lot of little things built up to make a good image. It’s really the care the employees put into it that really makes it something.”

When we asked about the Primo business mission, and Joshua hinted at their desire to offer an above-par experience to every client. He said that they want to offer their customers a quality product at a reasonable price. He also said that, whether it is to his employees or to the community, if the business is doing well, he tries to spread the wealth.

Building Success, Online And Off

Primo Roofing Co has earned a fantastic reputation, so we asked Joshua how they have managed to grow their business and get such great reviews. He was excited to tell us all about his incredible employees, to whom he credits their online success. He said:

“One of the biggest things that I always get compliments on is how nice a crew I have and how well they work together. I’d have to really say that one of the key factors behind the success of the great reviews is the employees. Our quality of work is always above par. Getting back to customers regularly, keeping lines of communication open, and really sticking to firm numbers when you get bids is important.”

Joshua told us that the quality of their employees is something they put a lot of time and effort into. They always do background checks and run drug tests as a requirement of employment with the company. They offer benefits to their employees and hope that doing so helps to keep them happy and healthy. He said that they hope their employees have an interest in the company and look at the job sites as places where they want to make a good impression as opposed to just a way to get a paycheck.

In addition to building the kind of online reputation that any small business would envy, Primo Roofing Co has spread the word about who they are and what they do by finding ways to give back to the community. They have contributed labor to the Vermont Farmer’s Market, sponsored local softball teams, and even recently participated in mud volleyball for autism. Joshua said:

“If it makes the town or the city better, and Primo is known for giving back. I feel like that’s the type of stuff we do… Sometimes, it’s minor stuff. Sometimes, it’s lawn mowing, or you have an elderly neighbor that has scraps and needs them taken to the dump. I don’t mind, we’ll grab it and throw it in the trailer and don’t charge them anything.”

There are many businesses out there that are looking to build as impressive a reputation as Primo Roofing Co has managed to. We asked if Joshua could share any expert advice with these companies. He mentioned the importance of utilizing social media and keeping up with the times, saying:

“Facebook, it’s huge. If you’re not on some type of social media with your business, you should be, regardless of how old you are, because that’s the new age. People look on Facebook; people look for reviews; people look online.”

He also drove home the importance of putting money back into your company. He said that, for a lot of people, new success leads to reckless spending. He advised making smart and frugal decisions that are helpful to the growth and betterment of your business. Joshua shared:

“Don’t suck everything out of your business. Your business is really a baby; you really just have to keep putting back into it. If you make big money on a job one time, then you take that and push it back into the business somehow. Buy a new trailer or upgrade your equipment, or buy online advertising.”


Congratulations to Primo Roofing Co for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and special thanks to Joshua for taking the time to speak with us!

Vermont’s Top Rated Local® Physical Therapists Award Winner: Northern Physical Therapy

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Northern Physical Therapy is a 2019 award winner for physical therapists in Vermont!

If you’re looking for a physical therapist who can help you find relief from pain and live life to the fullest, look no further than Northern Physical Therapy in Lyndonville.

Northern Physical Therapy has received dozens of reviews on multiple verified sites with a perfect average rating of 5.00 stars, earning them a magnificent Rating Score™ of 94.00 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking among the top five physical therapists in all of Vermont!

Here’s just one of their many five-star reviews:

“My son and I both see therapists here, and the amount of care and knowledge is superb. I’ve been in and out of physical therapy for years, and the therapists at Northern have made therapy fun while pushing me to be the best that I can be. My son goes for athletic training and has been able to achieve more than we could ever believe.” – Lindsey W.

A One-of-a-Kind Physical Therapy Center’s Secret to a Strong Online Reputation

Northern Physical Therapy has managed to build the kind of reputation any business owner would envy, and to learn a little more about that reputation and this one-of-a-kind business, we sat down with Office Manager Patti McClure.

The first thing we wanted to know was what makes Northern Physical Therapy unique compared to the many other physical therapy centers in Vermont. Patti told us that they are always personable with their patients and get to know them on a personal level. They care about their patients as people and not just as patients.

When we asked what the secret is to such a solid online reputation at Northern Physical Therapy, Patti pointed to their personable, welcoming approach to treatment and to the fact that they are like a big family at Northern Physical Therapy.

Making the World a Better Place by Giving Back

We also wanted to know what their mission is at Northern Physical Therapy and how they work to make the world a better place. Patti told us about the many ways they give back to their community, including hosting a pain clinic, a walking club in the summer, in-office Pilates and more.

Outside of building a powerful online reputation, Northern Physical Therapy has grown by posting on Facebook and by giving away free t-shirts with their logo when a patient completes therapy.

It’s clear that Patti knows a thing or two about growing a business and building an online reputation. Here’s her expert advice for the many other physical therapy centers out there:

“…Get to know your patients on a personal level. Act like you really care about them as a person and not just as a patient.”


Congratulations to the team at Northern Physical Therapy for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner!

We highly recommend Northern Physical Therapy in Lyndonville. Visit their website today!

Vermont’s Top Rated Local® Award Winner: The Tuscan Sunflower

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that The Tuscan Sunflower is an award winner in 2019.

If you are looking for the perfect floral arrangement for any occasion, look no further than this award-winning company!

The Tuscan Sunflower has received many overwhelmingly positive reviews across four different verified sites with an average rating of 4.94 stars, earning them an impressive Rating Score™ of 97.38 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking as one of the top 50 businesses in Vermont!

Here’s just one of their many five-star reviews:

“The Tuscan Sunflower is THE place for flowers in this area. They always do a wonderful job! It’s not a run-of-the-mill florist; it’s something better. They always do a little something different! I’ve never seen anything done by The Tuscan Flower and didn’t say, ‘Amazing!’ I’ve seen many arrangements, as I work for an Assisted Living Facility, but I can always tell if it was a Tuscan Sunflower! Recently, they created floral tributes for my Grandmother’s memorial service, and they were absolutely gorgeous!” – D.J.

It is because of excellent reviews like this that The Tuscan Sunflower is now able to call themselves a Top Rated Local award winner!

Not Your Average Flower Shop

We were excited to learn all about The Tuscan Sunflower and how they have gotten where they are today, so we sat down with the owner, Lynn Frost.

The Tuscan Sunflower has managed to stand apart from its competitors by offering creative, distinctive flowers and plants. Lynn said:

“I’m very creative in the designs I construct, and we have an extensive selection of flowers, which includes a lot of natural, local products. We go above and beyond to satisfy our customers, and I attribute much of my success to exceeding expectations.”

When we asked Lynn about the business mission at The Tuscan Sunflower, she told us:

“We love to bring happiness to people’s lives with our products and services. That is always our main focus in everything we do. We also strive to be as sustainable as possible with our business. All organic matter is taken home and composted, and every piece of packaging possible is recycled. Producing as little waste as possible that is taken to a landfill is very important to us. We are also looking for ways to make the building itself more sustainable, with improved insulation, heating, and renewable power generation.”

Building Success, Online And Off

The Tuscan Sunflower has earned a fantastic reputation, so we asked Lynn how they have managed to grow their business and get their name out. Lynn shared:

“I believe it has to do with the fresh, quality products that we carry and the exceptional customer service that we deliver. Social media is a great platform to showcase our work, and folks today like to share the great experiences they have with us, which helps in building our online reputation.”

In addition to building the kind of online reputation that any small business would envy, The Tuscan Sunflower has spread the word about who they are and what they do by keeping things fresh and new. Lynn told us about how she keeps her shop updated for every season, saying:

“I make sure to decorate the outside of the building for each season/holiday to really help us stand out when folks drive by and encourage them to stop and come inside. On the inside of the shop, I reorganize every so often and redecorate to keep it feeling fresh and exciting every time someone comes in. It’s always great to hear how much people love the atmosphere when they come into the shop.”

Lynn also told us about the importance of sharing her work online and keeping her website updated. She said:

“I regularly post images of designs and weddings I’ve recently worked on, and am always trying to showcase my latest work. I invested in a little area with a nice backdrop to take all my product photos in, allowing me to take photos myself with that little extra professional flair. And like the outside and inside of my shop, I’m sure to update my website colors and products for each holiday/season, so it never feels stale, even for regular customers.”

There are many businesses out there that are looking to build as impressive a reputation as The Tuscan Sunflower has managed to. We asked if Lynn could share any expert advice with these companies. Here’s what she had to say:

“It takes time and diligence.”


Congratulations to The Tuscan Sunflower for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and special thanks to Lynn for taking the time to speak with us!

Vermont’s Top Rated Local® Home Contractors Award Winner: Cambium Construction Inc.

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Cambium Construction Inc. is an award winner for home contractors in 2019.

If you are looking for a reliable home contracting company, look no further than this award-winning company!

Cambium Construction Inc. has received many overwhelmingly positive reviews with an average rating of 5.00 stars, earning them an impressive Rating Score™ of 90.00 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking as one of the top three home contractors in Vermont!

Here’s just one of their many five-star reviews:

“My dream bathroom is now a reality, and it is perfect! There is not one thing that I would change. Cambium Construction was wonderful to work with, reliable, on time, and provided the highest quality workmanship. Their visualization for my somewhat small room was wonderful; I really didn’t think it could turn out as well as it did. It looks twice as big!” – J.F.

It is because of excellent reviews like this that Cambium Construction Inc. is now able to call themselves a Top Rated Local award winner!

Not Your Average Home Contracting Company

We were excited to learn all about Cambium Construction Inc. and how they have gotten where they are today, so we sat down with the President, Chris Stackhouse.

The first thing we wanted to know was what it is that makes Cambium Construction Inc. stand apart from its competitors. Chris told us that he is 67 and has been doing this his whole life. That means he knows a thing or two about how to provide quality work. In addition to the excellent quality they are committed to providing, Chris said that they are just as invested in offering outstanding customer service. He told us that one of the ways he saves people money is by being a design-builder, meaning he provides drawings of the work they will do. He said:

“It’s as simple as having good carpenters and subcontractors that work for us, and the fact that I’ve been in the business for a long time.”

Building Success Through The Years

In addition to building the kind of online reputation that any small business would envy, Cambium Construction Inc. has spread the word about who they are and what they do mostly through word of mouth and from referrals from some of their many satisfied customers.

There are many businesses out there that are looking to build as impressive a reputation as Cambium Construction Inc. has managed to. We asked if Chris could share any expert advice with these companies. Here’s what he had to say:

“My wife worked closely for a while with Houzz, and asked people to write reviews there. Take advantage of that connection. That certainly seems like one of the easier ways to get out there.”


Congratulations to Cambium Construction Inc. for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and special thanks to Chris for taking the time to speak with us!