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.


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All images courtesy of Evan Webster Ink



Take Transit to the VT Artisan Village

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The Vermont Artisan Village is now a key destination on the Chittenden County Transportation Authority (CCTA) bus system! You can easily access our location by using the CCTA’s #6 Shelburne Road route, which operates between downtown Burlington and Shelburne Village Monday-Saturday. On weekdays, the route makes stops in Shelburne Village from 6:30 AM to 11:00 PM and on Saturday from 6:30 AM to 7:30 PM.


The adult cash fare to ride the bus is $1.25 (exact change required) and a child under 6 rides free with a fare-paying adult. To access the Vermont Artisan Village, simply let the bus driver know you want to get off at the Marsett @ Green Hill Drive bus stop in Shelburne Village, which is after the Shelburne Museum stop (#4 on map). After you get off the bus, just walk down Green Hills Drive to Cynosure Drive, which will bring you to the driveway for Vermont Artisan Village.

For the #6 Shelburne Road schedule information go to 

We are very excited about this partnership with CCTA, who provides safe, convenient, and sustainable public transportation services.  Ride the bus and walk for a better community and environment!


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!




You’re in Good Company: Shelburne’s Food Artisans

Not only is Shelburne home to iconic Vermont brands (Vermont Teddy Bear and Shelburne Farms, to name two); our quiet town is home to a strong, and growing, community of hard-working, passionate artisans. They do things by hand, they follow their hearts and they produce incredible products. Here are some to check out.

Studio Cacao Chocolatier


photo courtesy of Bijou Fine Chocolate

Kevin and Laura Toohey, with their son Ronen, make each and every chocolate truffle by hand here in Shelburne. In fact, Studio Cacao was the first tenant to join Vermont Artisan Village back in 2012. Kevin, a trained chef, recently returned from a week at the L’Ecole du Grand Chocolat in New York City excited to tweak his silky-smooth truffle. “When a truffle is made properly,” he told us “it is super light and carries flavors well. I want you to bite into one of our truffles and get a real burst of flavor.” Sounds great to us! Toohey is currently at work perfecting a fleur de sel caramel and truffles infused with rose geranium. Check Studio Cacao out online and in the Burlington Town Center Mall on Church Street.

Folino’s Pizza

Photo courtesy Seven Days

Photo courtesy Seven Days

Folino’s Pizza, housed in a shared space with the award-winning craft brewer Fiddlehead Brewing Company, has a simple mission: To Make the Best Pizza. Fresh dough is made daily and shaped, by hand, into pizzas scattered with simple toppings. Every pie is baked in a 1000-degree brick oven to bubbly, charred-crust perfection. Wait! Before you take that first bite, don’t forget to grab a growler of Fiddlehead’s funky, citrusy IPA.

Chef Contos Kitchen & Store

Chef Courtney Contos is a Chicagoan by birth, a chef and a consultant who has worked with Charlie Trotter and Martha Stewart. She recently opened a kitchen store in town where she sells a curated selection of cool stuff for the kitchen and home and hosts cooking classes. We hear that she recently hosted an Apple Cake Cook-Off and Fall Party. She makes us excited about food and is a vibrant personality. Plus, she’s launching a culinary tours business and has one of the best foodie Instagram feeds around.

Shelburne Vineyard


Located across the street from Vermont Artisan Village is Shelburne Vineyard, a pioneer in the Vermont wine industry. Shelburne Vineyard harvests almost 20 acres of grapes every year to produce award-winning wines like their Marquette, made from a red grape cultivated to thrive in cold-climates like ours. The Vineyard practices sustainable agriculture. The Winery is open seven days a week for tastings and tours. We’ll often pick up a bottle of Marquette and a few pizzas from Folino’s to bring home for dinner.


photo courtesy of Cricket Radio Linen

Cricket Radio Linen
Elizabeth Archangeli and Angie Lizotte are the designers behind Cricket Radio Linen, which makes beautiful linens and other gorgeous goods like pillows, aprons and the most adorable baby onesies! We are thrilled to have Cricket Radio onsite at Vermont Artisan Village. Their products provide a beautiful backdrop for beautiful food. Cricket Radio’s designs are influenced by Indonesian batiks, vintage Americana and rural Vermont and have a decidedly Martha Stewart-meets-etsy flair (no surprise, they were finalists last year in Martha Stewart’s American Made Awards).

Shelburne Country Store

This country store, right off the Shelburne Green, dates back to 1859. Like any good country store, the Shelburne Country Store has anything and everything, including rubber duckie stickers, Bite Me boxer shorts, maple candy, handmade bracelets, scarves and authentic Vermont beef jerky. The collection, and store, is managed by Steve and Deb Mayfield.

What are some of your favorite Shelburne-and-area artisans? Please check out our Facebook page and share your ideas there.


What to do this Fall in Shelburne, Vermont

What to do this Fall in Shelburne, Vermont

Not only is Shelburne the perfect place to run a business, it’s a great place to spend the day, getting to know Vermont, eating delicious food and having fun. Here is a roundup of some of our favorite events happening in and around Shelburne this fall.


Shelburne Farms 36th Annual Harvest Fest, Saturday, September 20, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This day-long festival features music, storytelling, hands-on activities for children, traditional craft demonstrations and educational exhibitions. There will be a hay bale maze, plus horse-drawn hay rides and access to this incredible property right on Lake Champlain.

Shelburne Farmers’ Market, Saturdays through October 11, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., on the green in Shelburne Center


Eat, catch-up and shop at one of our favorite farmers’ markets in the area. Sample produce, specialty foods, arts and crafts, and music. Some vendors to look out for:  O Bread Bakery, Norris Berry Farm, Vermont Pickle, Rookie’s Root Beer, Craig’s Premium Ice Cream, Cucina Antica and Shelburne Farms Cheeses.

House and Formal Gardens Tea Tour, Inn at Shelburne Farms, select Tuesdays and Thursdays in September


Take this hour-plus-long tour of the gorgeous Inn, its grounds and gardens then enjoy a relaxing tea with the best view of Lake Champlain. The Inn was built as the 19th-century country home of Dr. William Seward and Lila Vanderbilt Webb and was restored in 1987. It maintains its historic beauty and offers a glimpse back in time. If you’re lucky, snag one of the Inn’s rooms and enjoy a traditional dinner of Cavendish Quail at the restaurant.


Apple Picking and More at Shelburne Orchards

Yes, it’s already apple picking, pie and cider season. Shelburne Orchards is open every day through October for apple picking. Right now, they’ve got Macintosh and sweet Ginger Golds, plus delicious jewel-toned Somerset grapes. Here’s a tip for your visit: Pick and pay for an extra bag of apples and leave them at the Orchard. The Vermont Foodbank, in partnership with the Agency of Agriculture, will pick up the apples to distribute throughout Vermont.

13th Annual Small Farms Food Fest at Shelburne Orchards, Sunday, September 14 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

It’s festival season in Vermont. There will be Vermont farmers and food producers on site all day showcasing their specialties, plus live music, face painting, tractor rides, rope making, circus arts, apple prints, hula hooping and more! Come early as this delicious festival draws large crowds.

13th Annual Pie Fest & Cider House Run hosted by Shelburne Health & Fitness and Shelburne Orchards, Sunday, September 28, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Pre-register now to enter your best double-crust apple pie in the Pie Fest. Then, put on your running shoes for the Cider House Run, a family-friendly two- or four-mile run through the orchard. The registration fee includes a bag for Pick Your Own apples.

New Exhibition at the Shelburne Museum—Homefront & Battlefield: Quilts and Context in the Civil War, Opening September 20

In partnership with the American Textile History Museum, and celebrating the coming 150th-anniversary of the Civil War, the Shelburne Museum will showcase quilts from the period of the American Civil War. If you can’t wait until September 20, there is the museum’s always-impressive collection of American art.


Wine Tasting at Shelburne Vineyard, open daily

Taste from a selection of our current wines, including the award-winning La Crescent, and keep your wine glass to add to your collection.


Take a Cooking Class with Chef Courtney Contos, Ongoing

Classes fill up fast at this kitchen store and specialty food shop with local celebrity chef and food expert Courtney Contos. There are still a few spaces left for her October classes. Check out her calendar here.

As you can see, Shelburne is a vibrant and active community that attracts food lovers and producers, farmers, art lovers, artists and anyone with an eye for beauty and appreciating nature. We feel lucky to call this special place home and look forward to welcoming you to the Vermont Artisan Village once we open our doors in early 2015. In the meantime, check out these fun events and get to know our future neighborhood.



As the old proverb goes, there are three things that matter in property: Location, location, location!

When we began the search for space for the Vermont Artisan Village, we got stuck on Shelburne. Why? Well, it’s the location (…location, location). Shelburne is the quintessential Vermont village with a pretty town green, fabulous bakeries and restaurants and a real sense of community. It is also very conveniently located on Route 7, right smack in between Burlington and Middlebury, on one of the busiest tourist corridors in Vermont. On one end you have Vermont Teddy Bear and Shelburne Vineyard. On the other, there is the Shelburne Museum and Shelburne Orchards. And let’s not forget the award-winning Fiddlehead Brewing and delicious Folino’s for wood-fired pizza. The stunning Adirondacks and Lake Champlain are within view wherever you go, and on all sides you are surrounded by lush, fertile farmland. Shelburne is an incredible spot for biking, sight-seeing and all-around celebrating everything that is great about Vermont.

Shelburne Vineyard VT Artisan Village


Over the years, Shelburne has become a foodie destination in its own right. Since 2008, the town has hosted the annual Vermont Cheesemakers Festival, which brings thousands of tourists to town to mingle, celebrate and sample hundreds of amazing Vermont cheeses and other products on Lake Champlain. The town is also home to hundreds of acres of preserved farmland and a thriving farming community that includes Bread & Butter Farm, Shelburne Vineyards, Shelburne Orchards, and, of course, Shelburne Farm.

This is where Vermont Artisan Village will be built, on 10 pristine acres, that breaks ground in the summer of 2014. Here, you will become a part of the creative and supportive community of Shelburne. You will be within a convenient half-hour drive of Burlington and Middlebury and a must-stop destination for the hundreds of thousands of tourists that pass by daily all year long. Click here to learn more about the Vermont Artisan Village and contact us with a request for more information.

Why Shelburne, Vermont?