• Birthday girl
    By Jeb Wallace-Brodeur
     | November 23,2013
    By Jeb Wallace-Brodeur

    Central Vermont’s granola guru is celebrating a 10th birthday this year. Nutty Steph’s founder Jaquelyn Rieke, above, started the business by making her granola after hours at the Coffee Corner restaurant in Montpelier. The business grew to a location on Barre Street, then in 2008 Rieke made the big move to her present location at the former Camp Meade site in Middlesex. At the same time, Rieke branched out into chocolates and later opened a beer and wine bar at the location. Nutty Steph’s is sold at 35 locations in Vermont and does a brisk online business. On Thursday nights, the shop is transformed into a popular nightclub with live piano music and bacon and chocolate tastings. Rieke now has two business partners, Josi Green and Cecilia Leibovitz. The group recently bought 20 acres in Marshfield and plans to open a hub for startup enterprises in farming and the arts. Left, Rieke makes a soda with essential flavorings. Below, patrons gather for “Bacon Thursday.”

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