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Mama T's Texas style barbecue is back in Rutland

By Natalie Coons

Mary and Bob De Angelis run the Rutland Country Store on North Main Street in Rutland. Maybe you have stopped there to grab some Italian cuisine for lunch. Now three days a week they have welcomed Mama T into their kitchen as well. You may remember Mama T’s, which was formerly on South Main Street.

After Hurricane Irene devastated the area Mama T and her family, who are originally from Texas got cooking and made comfort food and barbecue for the volunteers helping with aftermath. Her brisket became legendary and everyone wanted to know where to find them. They ran the restaurant for a while and when they closed it was to the dismay of many.

In August Mary and Bob convinced Mama T to open back up using the kitchen space at their store. “I took my sabbatical after I closed down on South Main Street. I did some small jobs and decided again to do it but on a smaller scale. I have talked with Mary since last Fall and was convinced that this was the place to be. Bob has graciously shared his kitchen,” explains Mama T.

So far they have been welcomed back with open arms. “A couple drove all the way from New Hampshire when they heard that we were serving Chicken and Dumplings on Facebook,” said Mama T.
You can expect the Chicken and Dumplings right now on Friday. There are homemade soups on Wednesday and Thursday. Of course Mama has her famous Mac n' cheese and brisket among some of the other popular menu items. There will be some menu changes for the winter months.

If you have a hankering for some Texas style barbecue you can visit Mama T at Rutland Country Store at 215 North Main Street in Rutland. She is there from 11 am to 2 pm Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, but if you were hoping to grab some dinner you can call ahead and order it. There is also a grab ‘n' go cooler filled with some of the menu items for when she's not in. You can call with any questions at 802-775-7901 or also visit Mama T's Country Kitchen on Facebook.

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Mama T Texas Style Barbecue

Mary DeAngelis, “Mama T” Theresa House and Bob DeAngelis happily share a kitchen at Rutland Country Store where Bob makes his Italian specialties and “Mama T” makes her Texas style barbecue. Sam’s Good News photo by Natalie Coons.

It's all about accessories

Jaymie Gudelis

You can find Jaymie Gudelis at her shop “Slightly Off Center” located on West Street in Rutland. The shop is full of accessories and gifts for yourself or that special lady in your life or even for the home. Samís Good News photo by Natalie Aines.

By Natalie Coons

It is always exciting when a new store opens up. In downtown Rutland Slightly Off Center recently opened on West Street, across from the Post Office. Since Rutland does have a Center Street, also downtown, I asked if the name had to do with that. “It's about the location, my personality and what I'm selling,” said Jaymie Gudelis, proprietor of the store.

The ambiance of the store is unmistakable when you walk in. The wide plank floors give a sturdy base while the old pressed tin ceilings above remind you that there is history sharing this space. The reclaimed funky doors that are used as a separator from the main area to the office work well with the brightly colored walls and yellow awning, the perfect home for the unique and individual items that are found here.

Jaymie, like many others has had the desire to be her own boss but her reason for opening this particular shop goes a little further than that. “This is all I've really wanted to do, at least for the last fifteen years, since I've been interested in jewelry and accessories and all things female,” explains Jaymie. “I always enjoyed going downtown and to shops as a little girl and I have brought that back around.”

At the end of this past February, Jaymie left her job at Baker Distributing. Though she said it was a great company, it was just time for her to get to work on her dream. “At the beginning of April I just put my head down and everyday was doing something to get to this point.” After looking at other options, she fell in love with the spot that she is now in. Though it was a shell when she first saw it, she could envision what the end result would be. With a lot of hard work and help from both her dad and mom, Jim and Bobbi Gudelis, the end result is beautiful.

From handbags and scarves to purses and vases there is a wide array of products here. “It's a place where you can get a gift for you, a gift for your home or a gift for a friend,” says Jaymie. “Each item that leaves here leaves the same way, in tissue paper and a bag, whether you are buying for yourself or someone else. You are just as special and I want everyone to feel ‘Wow, I got a gift today.’”

Many of the products come from a local source like jewelry that is made in Dorset and pottery made in Rutland. Other products come from around  the United States such as soap made in North Carolina and Rewined. Rewind was started by a gentleman who worked in the food service industry and noticed all the old wine bottles being discarded. He cut them down and turned them into wine scented candles. You can find other products with fun stories like that as well here. There are international items for sale as well. Handcrafted items from all over the globe, such as the three-legged lucky pig called Chanchitos from Chile. Jaymie received one as a gift from her dad and she knew that when she had her own store Chanchitos had to be a part of it.

This is the place for that hard to find person to shop for, though more designed to appeal to women. The price point is nice. There are very affordable items and there are also higher end items. You can find earrings for $8 near a blanket for $80. One thing that is really nice is that most jewelry items are one of a kind. When you pick out the perfect piece you wont see someone else wearing the same thing. Slightly Off Center is the place to accessorize to your individuality.

If you would like to visit you can do so at 146 West Street or call Jaymie at (802)855-8614.

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Trivia

Who was the only manager who won 800 games in both leagues?
Sparky Anderson won 863 with the Cincinnati Reds and 1330 with the Tigers.

Joke

What do you put in a barrel to make it lighter?
A hole!

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Sam's Scrapbook

Birthdays

Happy Birthday to Ruth Baker on October 22nd. From your partner Jack Roberts.

Happy Birthday Wishes to Bruce Utley on October 23, 2014. Bruce won't let us know how many years he's been around but he and Pope Francis were born within a few weeks of each other.

Happy Birthday to Ted Wierzbicki of Rutland who will be a year older on October 27th.

Happy Birthday to Tom Severance who will turn 36 years of age on October 29th.

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