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Photo credit Bijou Fine Chocolate

Spring is an exciting time at the Vermont Artisan Village in Shelburne, where fresh inspiration and new local products are in the air!

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Photo credit Bijou Fine Chocolate

Celebrate these warmer spring days by visiting our culinary artisans and grabbing some local goodies for filling up those Easter baskets. Spread joy this Easter with specialties from Bijou Fine Chocolate that are delightful both inside and out. Bijou has created decadent ganache filled eggs, festively wrapped chickens and bunnies galore.  Colorful chocolate eggs and the friendly folks at Bijou are ready to greet you.

 

 

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Try something new this season at Douglas Sweets bakery and retail space. Douglas Sweets has recently cobranded with Vermont Artisan Coffee and is now offering an Organic Dark Roast drip coffee. Pair this with their new variety of freshly baked scones served with delicious jams or freshly made lemon curd. Be sure to pick up a package of their signature shortbread treats that feature springtime flavors like lemon, lavender or raspberry.

We are also excited about the construction progress happening on Building 4 at our site. Calling all artisan producers to jump on this opportunity! Come by to see us and celebrate your spring locally.

 

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Make it Great

This month we are proud to highlight Evan Webster Ink, a screen-printing custom apparel business committed to quality and located at the Vermont Artisan Village.  A core value at Evan Wester Ink (EWI) is “If it isn’t great, why make it?” This was evident in our meeting with Evan, who took time from his busy schedule to talk with us about his growing business and life at “The Village.”

We were truly impressed with how the folks at EWI value punctuality, turning work around on time without compromising quality. Their commitment is shown in their latest investment of new equipment for the shop. “This will allow us to work on larger projects more efficiently, also providing an expanded range of colors and faster turnaround,” explains Evan. Their work is currently “busier than usual” for this time of the year, and they are also in the process of hiring additional local talent to be prepared for the upcoming busy summer season.

Evan explains why the Vermont Artisan Village is “the perfect location for our business.” He is able to bike to work from home, while being close enough to Burlington’s commercial center.  He also enjoys being part of a community of businesses that can collaborate easily in a centrally located hub.

EWI is excited to host an Open House on Friday, April 7 from 4:30 to 6:30pm at 120 Graham Way. All are welcome to enjoy refreshments, music, and T-shirt raffles. Meet EWI’s staff to get a full appreciation for their craft, and see the new automatic printing press in action at 5:15pm.

Get to know your local screen printer and have some fun on Friday, April 7. While visiting, be sure to check out everything that the Vermont Artisan Village has to offer.

 

Contact Evan Webster Ink:

www.evanwebsterink.com

802-222-0344

All images courtesy of Evan Webster Ink

 

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Embrace Local

It is the perfect season to celebrate the artisans in our community who put heart and soul into their craft. Two family-owned businesses at the Vermont Artisan Village have been working hard to lovingly create special treats for Valentine’s Day.

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Photo Courtesy of Bijou Fine Chocolate

Bijou Fine Chocolate raises the bar on your chocolate experience with passion and dedication to quality.  The Classic Heart Box from Bijou will delight and surprise with its contemporary style and exquisite contents.

The talented bakers at Douglas Sweets have created unique flavors and presentations to make your loved ones smile.  Their Valentine’s Day Box contains signature shortbread in a flavor of your choice, a sweet chocolate-dipped heart, and a dozen truffles covered in chocolate ganache that reveal rich shortbread on the inside.

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Photo Courtesy of Douglas Sweets

Take the opportunity to sample treats from these fine artisan producers at Shelburne Vineyard’s Wine and Chocolate Weekend on February 11 and 12. On Saturday, Douglas Sweets will share samples of their sweet and savory shortbread creations. Bijou Fine Chocolate will offer samples on Sunday, with chocolates especially crafted to pair with Shelburne Vineyard’s wines. Both producers will also have their treats for sale at the event, beautifully packaged and ready for giving. Pair all of this with a wine tasting for $7 per person, and you have the ultimate local Valentine’s celebration.

 

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Looking Back and Forward

2016 was a notable Bld1 Fiddlehead.jpgyear of growth at the Vermont Artisan Village, where buildings were completed and occupied by top-notch culinary and beverage artisans.

Building 1 has become the new Fiddlehead brew house, making loyal beer fans very happy. Delicious goods are rolling out of Building 2, where Vermont Tortilla Company and Douglas Sweets create their unique products.

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Building 3 is in progress and ready for electricians, plumbers and builders to complete the work.  Once finished, Building 3 will be home to a fabulous local distillery! We are also excited that Building 4 is ordered and permitted, and will start groundbreaking in the spring. That building will be ready for the next tenants to move in by fall 2017.

village-2016As we continue to work with potential tenants, we are always on the look out for others to join our local artisan project.  The Vermont Artisan Village community is eager to welcome bread bakers, cheese makers, cider makers and more at our site.

We send sincere thanks to our tenants, architects, builders, friends and neighbors for supporting our expanding community. The coming year will bring more exciting additions, so stay tuned!

 

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Holiday Shopping at the Village

 

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Photo courtesy of Bijou Fine Chocolate

Take the bus, walk or drive to the Vermont Artisan Village and enjoy shopping for local holiday gifts in one convenient location.  Here is a roundup of the businesses at our site and their hours of operation.

Bijou Fine Chocolate:  Tuesday – Saturday 10:00am – 5:00pm

Yoga Roots: Daily 9:00am-5:00pm with extended evening hours

Douglas Sweets:  Monday – Saturday 10:00am – 6:00pm

Vermont Tortilla Company: Tuesdays and Thursdays 2:00pm–5:00pm

Fiddlehead Brewing Company: Daily 12:00pm-8:00pm, Friday and Saturday until 9:00pm

Taproot Magazine:  Call for hours (802) 472-1617 or shop on their website

After shopping stop for lunch or dinner at Folinos Pizza, open every day from 12:00pm-8:00pm. Extend your visit across the street with a wine tasting or grab a few gift bottles at Shelburne Vineyard, open daily 11:00am-5:00pm. Cheers to the holidays!

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Photo courtesy of Taproot Magazine

 

 

 

 

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Life is Sweet at the Village

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Photo credit Douglas Sweets

We 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, tar

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Photo credit Douglas Sweets

ts 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!

 

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Come Grow With Us!

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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.

Why Shelburne?   LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION!

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 vermontartisanvillage@gmail.com for more information, and hope to see you at the Village!

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