Two Businesses Share Old Freighthouse

Communities / Aug. 10, 2017 11:33am EDT

By Martha Slater

Built around 1900, the former freight house building for the Peavine Railroad was recently restored, renovated, and re-purposed by its new owners, Cheryl and Ray Harvey.

It’s now the home of two local businesses. Marc Blaine’s Central Vermont Electrical Contractors, LLC occupies the north half of the building, and Catalyst Physical Therapy, owned and operated by Sarah Busier, moved into the southern half at the end of July.

Blaine and his wife, Karen, bought a house on Bethel Mt. Road 10 years ago, and recently moved from New Jersey to live in town full-time.

Blaine, who said he “fell in love with electrical things in kindergarten,” had a long career as an industrial electrician in New Jersey, working for Proctor & Gamble for 10 years and the Colgate Palmolive Co. for 20 years. His new business is a one-man operation, which he hopes to grow.

Blaine will focus on commercial work, but will also take on residential jobs.

A volunteer firefighter in New Jersey for 42 years, Blaine has recently joined the Rochester Volunteer Fire Dept., and is enthusiastic about his new town and the location of his new business.

“I didn’t want to work out of the back of my truck or my garage,” he said. “I talked to Ray and Cheryl and now I have a three-minute commute to work. I like it here!” he added, noting that his oldest daughter, who is art director at an ad agency, designed his new logo.

Physical Therapy

Busier, who moved to Rochester with her family several years ago, has operated her physical therapy business here since then.

Her specialty is manual orthopedic physical therapy, and she also provides physical therapy needed after sports and work-related injuries—“ everything Vermonters do!” she noted with a grin.

In addition, she’s a certified strength and conditioning specialist who trains people to get healthy, get avoid injuries, and get ready for sports.

Busier grew up in New Jersey and earned a degree in physical therapy from Northeastern University in Boston. She moved to Vermont in 2001, living in the Killington area back then, and later earned a doctorate in physical therapy from the University of St. Augustine in Florida in 2011. She’s now enrolled in an orthopedic manual therapy fellowship with Maitland Australian Physiotherapy.

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