A naturopathy practice opened on Main Street, St. Johnsbury in September, offering new ways to treat pain and ailments. Mahlon “Lon” Davis, a licensed naturopathic physician, said his practice is meant to “pick up where regular physicians leave off.” His business, Plain Naturopathic, is located at 1129 Main St.

Davis is a N.A.B.N.E. (North American Board of Naturopathic Examiners) certified physician, with an M.D. in Naturopathic Medicine and an M.S. in Human Nutrition from the University of Bridgeport. His practice offers a number of treatments, including hydrotherapy, botanical medicine, counseling, physical therapies, and clinical nutrition.

Davis and his family recently moved to the area. He said they were drawn to St. J as a hub of the area. He previously lived in Washington, D.C. and Massachusetts, practicing naturopathy under different business names in each location.

“I’m hoping to grow my practice here,” he said. “I originally go into this field because I felt there was a need to find a way to treat outside of regular medicine. It has its strengths, but I felt there were not enough choices.”

Patients at Plain Naturopathic may be eligible to seek insurance coverage for treatments, Davis said. More information is available on the business’s website.

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Payless Shoes in the Green Mountain Mall will be closing on Christmas Eve. The shoe store chain had a long-time presense at the mall in St. Johnsbury Center

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Diane Breen and her daughter Beck reopened The Rusty Bucket just across the Connecticut River this September. Formerly located on Depot Street, Lyndonville, the store selling repurposed home goods opened in September at 154 Guider Lane in Bethlehem, N.H.

The Rusty Bucket sells repurposed and recycled goods, and makes unique hand-crafted items to sell.

“Many people want to see the junk that us two old ladies have transformed into Gems,” the Breens said in a joint statement. “For example, an old trunk into a working sink, a pallet into a coffee table, a bench into a love seat or our customer favorite, a pitchfork made into a table.”

In Lyndonville, the Breens enjoyed growing with the community, meeting fun and creative people and gaining a following of customers.

“As hard as it was for us to leave our little community, we knew we needed to continue growing,” they said. “Unfortunately the opportunities in Lyndonville were limited.”

The new location is a big red barn in a community the Breens said welcomed them with open arms.

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CAI Technologies, a Littleton-based municipal mapping and geographic information services (GIS) company, acquired a Maine engineering and forestry consulting service, according to a recent company press release.

CAI had partnered with the James W. Sewall Company since the end of 2013, providing map maintenance and municipal GIS-related services to many of Sewall’s clients. Now those services are completely transitioned to a single company with multiple areas of expertise.

CAI was originally founded in 1985 and has grown to serve nearly 400 local, regional and state governments throughout New England and New York.

“We’re very excited about this acquisition, as well as the commitment that Sewall and CAI have made to provide complementary services in tandem going forward,” Franco Rossi, President of CAI, said in the release.

“We’re proud to partner with such an iconic brand in the municipal services space.” George Campbell, Sewall’s President, remarked, “Given our long-term commitment to our valued clients and associates, we entered into this partnership knowing that both will become part of an industry-leading company focused on growth, as well as top quality, innovative services.”

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