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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Our Collaborative Community

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Photo courtesy of Evan Webster Ink

Evan 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.

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Photo courtesy of Evan Webster Ink

The 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!

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Savor the Season Locally

 

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!

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Foundations For Growth

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The Vermont Artisan Village in Shelburne has reached a construction milestone this week!  We are happy to report that state permits have been approved for foundation work at our site.  This sets the construction projects for Buildings 1 and 2 into high gear!

These customized buildings will allow our two most recent tenants to produce and showcase their local products in spaces as unique as their businesses. Building 2 (see drawing above) will be the home of the Vermont Tortilla Company and their fresh corn tortillas.

The staking work is currently underway and the foundation forming follows next week.  We are also working on a strong tenant lead for Building 3.  Contact us to join the excitement at our collaborative community of local artisan producers!

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The Vision and Passion Behind The Vermont Artisan Village

Thanks to a Bronwyn Dunne and Natalie Lovelace from “In the Kitchen with Bronwyn” for this story.

A Vision
Located in Shelburne on Route 7, the up-and-coming Vermont Artisan Village is a community of Vermont food producers and artisans that showcases some of the best handcrafted products Vermont has to offer. Macy Mullican first had the vision for the project after chairing the 400 year Vermont Quadricentennial Celebration, “Taste of Champlain” during the summer of 2009. Walking out from Shelburne Vineyard, where she has worked since 2002, she saw the potential of the property across the street as a place for community members to gather, work and incubate ideas to support Vermont’s sustainable, local food and artisan movement.

A few months later at the winter NOFA conference, she shared the concept of an artisan village with others. A few days later, to her surprise, an individual reached out to her showing interest in the project. This moment became the catalyst that called her into action, and she has not slowed down since. Almost 6 years and many 3:00 AM mornings later, Macy’s vision has materialized and the supportive landowners, who also own J. Graham Goldsmith Architects, are now anxious to start building.

A Sustainable Food & Business “Think Tank” for All
The existing vineyard, brewery, surrounding conserved agricultural land, access to public transportation and proximity to downtown Burlington makes the location a prime tourist destination. However, Macy states that the village is not simply for tourist, “it’s for everyone!” She wants the village to be a thriving center for all of Vermont’s residents, and hopes that partnerships can be made to make these products more affordable while still supporting the honest and hardworking producers. Macy, who grows a lot of her own food to cut down on cost, understands that quality local, organic food is more expensive. She states, we must “eat less, eat healthier and realize we need to budget more for healthy food in our daily diets.”

Macy describes the village as a potential “think tank” of sorts for Vermont agriculture and cuisine. It is a place for artisans, food producers, chefs, food enthusiasts and visionaries to come together to exchange ideas and aid one another in creating more sustainable business practices. Macy underscores that “it is all about collaboration and synergetic relationships” One business’s waste can become another’s fuel, excess materials can be shared, and distribution can be worked out together.

Join The Community!
Thanks to J. Graham Goldsmith Architects, in addition to Act 250, they are well on their way. Each space can be built to each tenant’s individual needs and desired environment. The only requirement is that the space is 80% manufacturing and 20% retail, allowing for a unique experience for guests. Macy states that “it’s different when visitors can see the product being made – being made is key”. Not only does this allow visitors to get to taste the best of Vermont, but also understand the process, bringing transparency to the village.

Macy and the J. Graham Goldsmith Architects have laid the groundwork for the exciting project and are looking for individuals to join the vibrant community of artisans celebrating Vermont’s working landscape. The location makes this property radiate with the potential to become a thriving idea/culinary/ag hub that supports local businesses and attracts visitors from far and wide.

Interested in getting involved? Email Macy today at vtculinary@yahoo.com and be sure to like Vermont Artisan Village Shelburne on Facebook for all of their exciting updates.

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Celebrate the Holidays Shelburne-Style!

‘Tis the season for incredible holiday festivals, tastings and of course, shopping. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorites. Check them out.. and add them to your list of must-see for a festive holiday season!

The holiday season isn’t complete without a horse-drawn sleigh ride at Shelburne Farms!

Starting on Saturday, December 20, you can enjoy a 20-minute horse-drawn sleigh ride from the Welcome Center. Seats are first-come, first-served. And of course, all the sleigh rides are weather permitting. You can learn more on their website.

Starting on December 5, Shelburne Museum has three days of incredible events that are sure to please everyone on your list. From an Ornament Making Party, to the joyous sounds of local musicians, and a showing of the holiday classic A Christmas Story. Plus the little ones can make their very own winter-themed sock puppet and candy cane mouse! Visit the CelebratetheHolidays page for the complete Deck the Halls schedule.

 

Give your taste buds a culinary ride with Shelburne Museum’s TASTE! The Art of Food on December 11.

Bring your appetites for a gastronomic gala of Vermont’s most excellent cuisine. This two-hour tasting will feature an array of chefs, restaurateurs, brewers, bakers, and hash slingers who will be serving up their finest bites for a chance to be crowned “Best TASTE!” by event attendees.

Participants include Pascolo Ristorante, Fiddlehead Brewing Company, The Skinny Pancake, Juniper Bar & Restaurant, Queen City Brewery, LLC, Prohibition Pig, Caledonia Spirits, A Single Pebble, Shelburne Vineyard, Waterfront Deli & Catering, Citizen Cider, my little cupcake and The Essex, Vermont’s Culinary Resort and Spa!

 

Don’t forget an opportunity to sharpen your culinary skills this holiday season. Chef Courtney Contos offers a variety of classes at her store. From Holiday Cookie Swaps to Cook the Book: Bar Tartine. Check out her selection of classes (and post-holiday too).

Happy Holidays from all of us at The Vermont Artisan Village!

 

 

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Breaking News! Act 250 Land Use Permit Approved

We have big news to report for the Vermont Artisan Village! The State of Vermont recently issued a Land Use Permit Amendment (Act 250 Permit) to the property at 6221 Shelburne Road, Shelburne VT (Shelburne Green) which specifically authorizes the construction of 12 buildings totaling 70,550 gsf with a combination of uses including general office, cafe, warehousing, food-processing, light manufacturing and accessory retail with supporting parking, storm-water management and utility infrastructure.

small wood buildingIn addition, the town of Shelburne has acquired an easement from the Route 7 sidewalk located at the intersection with Marsett Road, and extending south through the Shelburne Family Housing project. This project sits just north of the Shelburne green/Vermont artisan village project site. The new easement would thus connect the Shelburne green/Vermont Artisan Village project site to the Shelburne village.

CCTA Bus Stop SignDid you know that there are two CCTA bus stops for easy access to the Vermont Artisan Village? CCTA stops in front of the Shelburne Museum and right around the corner on Marsett Road. Both are within walking distances from the proposed site for the Vermont Artisan Village!

And finally, our website has been updated recently… The newly approved walking paths, common loading dock and garden areas have been added to the latest drawing which is now on our website.

Find out more information on the layout of Vermont Artisan Village and where your potential business can be located.

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