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Nestled in a bend on one of Ware’s most picturesque streets, the Bed and Breakfast at Bird Hill Farm is a comfortable respite for guests whether they’re looking to relax in a serene rural setting or to express their creativity at an on-site artistic workshop. Host Vance Chatel welcomes people from all over the world into his home, located at 145 Upper Church St., where he seamlessly combines his cooking skills, love of entertaining, friendly teaching style and artistic talents….

Chatel, who consistently earns five-star reviews from his guests for his gracious hospitality, credits the Quaboag Valley Community Development Corporation (QVCDC) with helping him to make his bed and breakfast such a success….. “They walked me through the process,” he said.

His first step was taking the QVCDC’s business planning course…“Yes, you can pay someone to write a business plan for you, but then it’s not really your plan,” he said. “By taking the course, you can ensure that it’s your plan and your vision you’re working towards.”

Additionally, Chatel took advantage of the support services available at the QVCDC, including meeting with a consultant to review his business plans. “I really needed that follow-up,” Chatel said. “They made sure I understood everything.” Chatel also applied for and received a small business loan for a pellet stove to make the bed and breakfast even cozier for his guests. Read more about The Bed and Breakfast at Bird Hill Farm and owner Vance Chatel Read more about The Bed and Breakfast at Bird Hill Farm and owner Vance Chatel.

For more about Vance, the bed and breakfast, and the workshops, visit the Bird Hill Farm Bed and Breakfast website or call Vance, 413-277-0373 for your next get-away.

The Bed and Breakfast at Bird Hill Farm

Just over a decade ago, Nelson Rivera opened the Sharpest Edge Barber Shop on Main Street in Ware. Rivera, originally from Springfield, believed that his hard work ethic and a family-friendly atmosphere would help shape the Sharpest Edge into a success story. He was right. The barber shop thrived and five years later, Rivera found himself looking for a new location to house his growing business.

Rivera found the right spot, just one street away, and began looking for help with funding in order to make the move. When a local bank turned him down, Rivera went to the Ware Town Hall and talked to someone from the Community Development Department who quickly referred him to the Quaboag Valley Community Development Corporation. “I hadn’t ever heard of the QVCDC before,” Rivera said. “I didn’t know what to expect. They walked me through the process,” he said.

Rivera faced another road block when his insurance company required that he pay the full insurance premium on the building up front. Financially unable to comply, Rivera turned to the QVCDC again. “They gave me a loan,” he said. “That’s what got me into the building I’m in today.”

The building Rivera purchased was a former bar that had seen better days. It took a little work, and a little technical assistance from the QVCDC, to help him turn an outdated bar into an attractive, family-friendly barber shop.

Today The Sharpest Edge has an equally sharp new look and much more comfortable temperatures. “My customers are loving the changes,” Rivera said. “I’ve come a long way and I wouldn’t have been able to do it without the QVCDC.”

 Read more about the Sharpest Edge Barbershop and owner Nelson Rivera.

Call Nelson for your next haircut, 413-967-4815.

The Sharpest Edge Barber Shop

80 Pulaski Street, Ware, Massachusetts 01082

Phone: (413)967-4815