Life is Sweet at the Village

douglasWe are excited to announce that Douglas Sweets will be opening the doors to their fantastic new bakery next week!  Inside you will find a modern yet cozy backdrop to their artistic and delicious creations.  The new production and retail space is scheduled to open during the week of November 14.

Douglas Sweets lovingly produces shortbreads in their Scottish family tradition. They proudly use the finest Vermont ingredients, inventive flavors and high-grade chocolates to create unique products. We think their creations make the perfect gift to bring along to your upcoming holiday gatherings.

The new Douglas Sweets location offers coffee drinks, local teas, tardougals2ts and other shortbread specialties.  Retail hours will begin on Monday, November 14 and a grand opening is planned for Saturday, November 19 at 4:00pm. Connect with Douglas Sweets and the Vermont Artisan Village on Facebook for details and updates.

As the Vermont Artisan Village continues to grow, we invite you to visit Douglas Sweets and the other local artisans who call our sweet community in Shelburne home!



Come Grow With Us!


Exciting things are cropping up at the Vermont Artisan Village as our tenant list continues to expand.  Four outstanding culinary and beverage companies have joined our site in the past year, including Vermont Tortilla Company and Douglas Sweets. We are also excited to have an amazing craft brewery and distillery as part of the village.

Are you looking to take your culinary or beverage product to the next level?  Would you love to be in the company of artisans who are committed to sustainable local food systems?  Join our existing tenants at the village, providing locals and visitors the opportunity to see your product made and experience the results.

We are searching for ice cream crafters, bread bakers, cider and cheese makers, coffee roasters and more to join us in Shelburne.  We are also looking for the perfect tenant to join us on site as the exclusive cafe’ for the Vermont Artisan Village.


Shelburne is home to acres of conserved farmland and a thriving food and farming community that includes Bread & Butter Farm, Shelburne Vineyards, Shelburne Orchards, and the renowned Shelburne Farms. Vermont Artisan Village is centrally located, a short drive from popular tourist destinations including Shelburne Museum, Vermont Teddy Bear Factory, Lake Champlain, and downtown Burlington.

Our newest space, Building 4, is currently in the design and permitting stage. Get on board now to occupy this new building as your own space with a projected mid-2017 move-in date. All permitting and architectural drawings can be provided by us, and we build each space to the tenant’s specifications.  Details include:

  • spaces ranging from 2,500 to 9,000 square feet
  • 20% of space may be dedicated to retail
  • spaces are customizable according to your business’ needs
  • assistance with all permitting and elevations
  • flexible lease options

Contact us at for more information, and hope to see you at the Village!

site map with bldg 4


Hugs to our Teddy Bear Neighbors


t Teedy Bear SignThe Vermont Artisan Village is a proud neighbor to the wonderful Vermont Teddy Bear Factory.  Part of our mission is to become a top destination for locals and beyond, which Vermont Teddy Bear is certainly known for.  Most recently, the Bear Factory and Store made the list of “25 Top Places to See, Stay and Eat in ‘Maker’ Vermont!”

Our friends at Vermont Teddy Bear have partnered with us to provide access for Vermont Artisan Village visitors to park cars and buses.  This additional ample space for parking will make it easier for our visitors during our construction and other busy times.  Vermont Teddy Bear is directly next door to our location, making it accessible to park and walk between the two sites.

Lynn Jeffrey, Senior Director of Operations at Vermont Teddy Bear explains, “We are pleased to support the Shelburne Vermont Artisan Village with parking space for their bus and overflow traffic.  We hope this initiative will help visitors to Shelburne be able to enjoy not just the Artisan Village and Vermont Teddy Bear, but also the Shelburne Vineyard, Foliono’s Pizza, Fiddlehead Brewery and the Shelburne Museum.”

Vt Teddy Bear Image

35th Anniversary Bear (photos courtesy of Vermont Teddy Bear)

Vermont Teddy Bear has some fun events lined up for this summer. The next event is their 35th Anniversary Party taking place on Saturday, June 25th from 11am-3pm.  Activities include: free factory tours, live music, a bouncy house, entertainment from The Big Blue Trunk, and complimentary brownie sundaes!

They are currently planning the popular Annual Teddy Bear Picnic for July, with a date to be announced soon. In support of the local community, Vermont Teddy Bear will also participate in Shelburne Day on Saturday, August 20th from 9am-2pm on the Shelburne Village Green.

With the summer now in full swing, mark your calendars and take a day trip to visit us and the many vibrant local business that we are happy to call neighbors and friends!


Feed Your Passion

At Vermont Artisan Village, it is our passion to collaborate with local culinary artisans.  We love building relationships with inspiring partners and bringing the bounty of their talents closer to our community.  We are excited to share our latest connection, Brotbakery.


Photo courtesy of brotbakery

Born and raised in Germany, Brotbakery founder Heike Meyer has been baking alongside respected bakers in Germany, France and the United States from an early age.  Heike also studied tourism and foreign languages, and brings inspiration from her extensive travels to her wood-fired bakery located in Fairfax, Vermont.

Brotbakery is committed to 100% natural baking, with no shortcuts. “It is a philosophy I strongly believe in and I hope to inspire others with this approach,” Heike told us. “Conquering the world with the delicious flavor of a truly naturally baked bread or pastry is what makes this work exciting and beautiful, and the response is always amazing.”

The Brotbakery education project was launched in 2015 together with anthropologist and food educator Anna Mays. Heike and Anna are very passionate about good food, in the sense that it should be sustainably grown, nutrient dense and delicious. They both enjoy traveling the world to be inspired and learn from food artisans around the globe.  “Bringing this knowledge back to Vermont to share with our community is just fantastic,” explains Heike.

This diverse cultural knowledge makes for some very unique educational offerings at Brotbakery. Their baking classes are multi-disciplinary in nature and include narratives about the region of production, terroir, heritage of ingredients, and the unique history and culture that surround each bread, pastry or dish being prepared. They offer a wide spectrum of classes and workshops, covering everything from simple 101 classes on natural baking with sourdough, to more in-depth classes that include sprouting grains for culinary use and exploring the origins of Neapolitan pizza.


Photo courtesy of brotbakery

A very unique class is “plant-based pastries and desserts,” using no refined flours or sugars.  This is a popular offering for people with food sensitivities, or just wanting to cut back on their refined sugar intake, which are both growing concerns in the U.S. and many other western countries.

Heike and Anna are very excited about their upcoming class series “Culinary Journey around the World,” which includes “baking trips” to Italy, France, Germany, Scandinavia and beyond.  What a great opportunity to nourish your appetite for learning!

Visit their website at to grab a spot in one or more of these classes.  Brotbakery breads and pastries are sold at City Market in Burlington.

The Vermont Artisan Village and Brotbakery are exploring partnership opportunities to bring their talents closer to our collaborative community. We are so happy about expanding our network!  Connect with us to learn more about Vermont Artisan Village and find some inspiration in your own backyard.



Local is Sweet!

This Valentine’s Day, treat your loved ones with hand crafted, small batch goodies from our own backyard. Enjoy these artisan delights made with love, right here in our sweet slice of Vermont!

This box of exquisite chocolates from Bijou Fine Chocolate tastes as beautiful as it looks.  So unique and meant to be shared!  Sweethearts of all ages will also be thrilled with a gift of Bijou’s hot chocolate blends, expertly crafted with pure rich chocolate.


A Colombian-style cheesecake from Good Comida will surely turn you into a cheesecake lover, if you are not already head over heels for their dreamy creations.


For the wine lover, a bottle of Shelburne Vineyard’s Celestial Louise will add the perfect sparkle to their day or night.

celestial louise

Bring your favorite people to the Wine and Chocolate Weekend at Shelburne Vineyards on Saturday and Sunday, February 13 and 14, for special wine pairings with Good Comida and Bijou Fine Chocolates. Stop by to see the friendly bakers from Good Comida at this event on Saturday. They are crafting a chocolate and cheesecake indulgence especially for this occasion.  The chefs from Bijou Fine Chocolates will showcase their talents on Sunday, with a special creation to pair with the lovely local wines.

We love our local businesses!



Our Collaborative Community

EvanWebsterInkEvan Webster Ink is one of the many talented artisans on site at the Vermont Artisan Village. Evan’s work can be spotted on the t-shirts of many local Vermont businesses, including schools, restaurants and breweries to name a few. High-quality custom screen printed apparel is what you can expect, with a focus on environmentally kind practices.

The Vermont Artisan Village and Evan Webster Ink have a shared mission of sustainable local craftsmanship.  Evan Webster Ink is constantly working to reduce its negative impact while increasing its positive impact.  They apply ecologically sound and fair labor practices while crafting their eye-catching products.

EvanWebsterInkandCricketLinensThe folks at Evan Webster Ink appreciate the importance of being an active member in the communities they are a part of. Showing the true spirit of collaboration among talented artisans, Evan Webster Ink has teamed up with their Vermont Artisan Village neighbor, Cricket Radio Linens.  They provide quality screen printing on the exceptional linen fabric produced right here in Shelburne, Vermont.

Fostering synergies among local artisans is an important part of our mission at the Vermont Artisan Village.  Learn more about the businesses who reside at the Village in the Tenant section of our website. We welcome you to join our growing collaborative and creative community!


Savor the Season Locally

mulled wine

November has arrived in full swing, and we have gathered some festive local activities to warm up these colder days. It is time to mark your busy holiday calendars, but remember to be mindful of keeping it local and simple. Look no further than our own backyard in beautiful Shelburne, Vermont!

First up, here is a perfect day out after the big Thanksgiving celebration. Shelburne Museum is holding their “Deck the Halls” holiday event starting the weekend of Friday, November 27 and again from December 5-6. Feast on the exhibits to the sounds of live music, enjoy their special holiday art activities, and take a lively horse and wagon ride. You are warming up nicely already!


What better way to get into the holiday spirit and support local business than a traditional evening holiday stroll in Shelburne on Friday, December 4. After the tree-lighting and caroling, stop in for mulled wine while finding that perfect culinary gift at Chef Contos Kitchen and Store. Now that is a brilliant recipe for a local holiday.

Treat yourself while checking off your gift list at the Shelburne Vineyard Pop up Holiday Market on Saturday, December 12.  This is a full immersion of local goodies to give and savor in one festive location.

May your days be warm and bright!