4393 Awards: Ms. and Mr. Waterbury: Sue Minter and Ari Fishman

Sue Minter and Ari Fishman

Will the number of people who called Sue Minter “Ms. Waterbury” in this year’s 4393 Awards nominations get her thinking about throwing her hat in the ring for another political run? Sue, who’s held positions over the years with various state departments and who ran against Phil Scott in the 2016 gubernatorial race, is keeping busy these days — the Waterbury resident and mom is raising a black Lab puppy, Roxie, who’s almost 6 months old, and studying yoga at the (4393 Award-winning) Yoga Barn on Mountain Road in Stowe.

Sue’s also been engaged with Citizens’ Forum of Vermont and has been working to bring grant money to High Meadows Fund, a Vermont-based organization that promotes communities and a healthy, supported environment.

Sue says she’s been slowing down this year and spending more time with her family, including her son, Jasper, who’s a rising senior at Harwood Union High School.

Congratulations, Sue — whatever the future holds, Waterbury has your back.

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And ladies and gentlemen, it’s Mr. Waterbury.

Ari Fishman, who owns Zenbarn in Waterbury, is keeping pretty busy these days. The Waterbury native has a baby on the way with partner Molly Tonino, and between caring for his growing family and his growing business, it’s hard for Fishman to eke out any time for another passion of his —mountain biking — but he says he’s been getting out there.

Fishman grew up in Waterbury and prizes the community connection that’s brought his business success.

It can be hard for a business to be all things to all people, but Zenbarn’s mix of good food, good brews, yoga, dance and live music in a cool space seems just right for Waterbury, and Fishman credits its community.

“There are a lot of nice, good people. It’s like real Vermont. Everybody’s into their own thing, but they’re nice to each other regardless. Everybody treats each other well. Our community is super supportive. Everyone’s been really great to my family. Growing up here, almost everywhere you go, you run into friends, people who remember you from Little League. It’s always been home for me,” Fishman said.

It runs in the family, too; Fishman and his brother, Noah, and his sister-in-law Marlena make up the trio of Waterbury’s top entrepreneurs in this year’s 4393 Awards (they’re all part of Zenbarn); mom Susan and her Stowe Craft Gallery snagged a handful of silvers and a bronze as well.

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