Business booming in downtown Rutland

RUTLAND, Vt. (WCAX) – The pandemic has been bad for business, but don’t tell that to people in Rutland. The downtown is seeing a flurry of new shops and restaurants opening up.

“Because of what it represents — opportunities, advancements,” said Ibjar Meneses, the owner of Dos Eses Delicious Tamales, who opened his restaurant in June. He says it’s wild that 13 new businesses have opened or relocated downtown this year. “Obviously, where there are businesses, it helps to get the economy flowing.”

“Business is booming is Downtown Rutland right now,” said Nikki Hindman, executive director of the Downtown Rutland Partnership. She says the push to shop local and the pandemic is creating a springboard for some. “Younger business owners or potential business owners that have decided after the pandemic, they want to do what they are passionate about and they are ready to take that risk right now.”


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Anti-California dream creates booming business opportunities

In recent years, the number of Californians leaving the Golden State has exceeded the number of new residents moving in, and the mass exodus has created business opportunities for companies offering to help disillusioned residents settle elsewhere in the United States.

Two of those companies are and, started by Scott Fuller, a real estate broker now residing in Arizona. Fuller told Fox Business that he got the ideas for these companies by working with a lot of clients who were “getting fed up and tired of what’s happening in California.”

A for sale sign stands in front of a house, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020, in Westwood, Mass.  (AP)

He said he started the companies to provide services to people who were “looking to relocate but were overwhelmed with the task,

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