Update on business
information in the
Brandon/Forest Dale area.
This newsletter will be updated frequently as things are changing
quickly and businesses will respond accordingly.
VERY IMPORTANT BUSINESS INFO
CARES ACT "LOAN" Programs-SBA
(there will be some duplication of information)
(I received from one of my suppliers this "plain English" breakdown of some of the Small Business Administration's loan programs that have just come out. It's still daunting but ask your accountant/financial adviser for assistance in figuring out what and how you go about making some of this work for your own business. I also included the US Chamber release on this. Still a LOAD of info that is so difficult to understand and implement when you're a butcher, baker or candlestick maker.
We'll see about getting someone to come and speak with us when we're back to normal.)
(Many thanks to those who organized this endeavor and to the volunteers delivering!)
Brandon Area Deliveries - Serving, Brandon, Forest Dale, Goshen, Leicester,
Pittsford, Sudbury, Whiting
Listed below are the area's food
businesses and the safe
practices they have adopted at this time- call them to order and they can answer any questions you may have.
If you are a food provider and want to be listed here please contact Bernie Carr at email@example.com
Also, are you someone who is at a greater risk of contracting the virus and/or unable to access your normal method of getting necessities (food, supplies, pharmacy, etc..)? If so, then you should take advantage of the wonderful volunteers that have stepped up in our community. The Brandon Free Public Library, The Brandon Area Toy Project and the Town of Brandon have partnered to provide a delivery service for people that need help getting their supplies.
How it works is simple:
Call the retailer and pay for your supplies over the phone.
Let the retailer know that you are having the delivery service pick-up your items.
Send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information: Who you are, where you ordered from, physical address for delivery, and best contact number. Or you can call Volunteer Coordinator, Colleen Wright (802) 282-6548
Wait for contact from our vetted volunteer! They will let you know how/when and where it will be dropped off (safely of course with no face-to-face contact)
Brandon Discount Beverage and Deli - (802) 247-6785
Curbside and Limited Delivery CANNOT DO DELIVERY FOR ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES
Brandon House of Pizza - (802) 247-8177
Curbside and Delivery
Foley Brother Brewing and Neshobe River Winery-
available Wed-Sat by calling Liz at (
Curbside pick up
Forest Dale Grocery & Deli - (802) 247-6457
Curbside and Delivery
Junction Store & Deli - (802) 247-3794
Curbside and Delivery
Kamuda's Country Market
(802) 483-2361 ext-3
Curbside and Delivery
Keith's Country Store - (802) 483-6489
Curbside and Delivery
Brandon Public Library Services
Want to request Brandon Public Library services? Library Director, Molly Kennedy is working hard to fulfill your requests.
FREE delivery (using the above mentioned service
You can also sign up for wellness checks
- if you would like us to call you periodically to check in to see if you need anything or enjoy some friendly conversation, please let us know. Molly & Beth are available to you in this way.
(A message from Chamber President Pat Wood)
Health Care needs for protective masks
You can help to fill that need by sewing them!
Local hospitals, visiting nurse associations and manufacturing facilities need personal Protective masks. You can help to fill that need by sewing them! Or by supplying elastic or ribbon to those who are sewing.
Joanne Fabric is giving out kits (no contact pick up) which you can make and return. Joanne's will get them to where they are needed most. Or if you have new (unused) cotton material and elastic or ribbon you can make them with what you have. Here are some links to give you
instructions, contact and donation information
Here in Brandon, Faith Daya has been helping to coordinate efforts. She has gathered a group of volunteers who are busily working to fill an urgent request from the VNA for 500 masks. She is also in touch with local quilting groups in the Rutland and Middlebury areas who trying to supply the hospitals. This coordination between groups will help to ensure that the masks get to where they are needed most and will minimize the number of people who are going to deliver them.
At this time, material seems to be plentiful. But, we are all running out of elastic and ribbon, bias tape, or other appropriate materials to use for ties.
If you would like to coordinate with others to make masks, have
questions about construction or materials,
or if you have elastic or tie the material that you would like to donate, please contact Faith Daya
Senior Citizens Center
News from Kathy Mathis
The Senior Center is closed, but we are serving the free community take out lunches every Fri till mid April from Noon to 1:00. (may go longer if the need arises - hope and pray not) All are welcome.
Brandon Area Food Shelf needs monetary donations to keep up with the food insecurities that are arising.
No pick up at food shelf. Will deliver and put outside of door. Must call me with name, phone # and address.
People will have to understand that this drop off is not their week's worth of groceries, but just "emergency assistance" and that we all have to work together to share with a hungry neighbor.
We will be open everyday from 7am -9pm.
On Tuesdays, Wednesday, and Thursday we will be open from 6am -7am for seniors and high risk individuals.
Thanks for everyone's patience while we try to keep the store stocked up.
Our business remains open M-Sat. 8-5 but with limited functionality.
We are not doing any work inside occupied homes at this time, but we are still doing anything that we can safely do, such as new construction, standby and portable generators, Mini-split heat pumps and most anything outdoors.
We are offering
free delivery of any portable or standby generator.
Gasoline and/or propane can also be arranged for an additional charge.
Folks can call 802-465-8551, email email@example.com, or go to
Fisher Electric- 2417 Franklin St. (across from Mac's)
We are locking the doors and and working to maintain our social distancing. Thanks for the support over the last few weeks as Terrie and I worked at "safely" interacting with some customers and I continued to do Chamber work in my little cubby in the back of the store.
We will stay closed until the Governor gives the notice to get back to normal business practices. We may have some fun with Facebook and Front Porch Forum offers that we will take payment for over the phone and arrange pick up or delivery.
Keep an eye out!
We also have a gift certificate offer in place. Purchase one during the "Stay Home/Stay Safe" executive order period and receive an additional
20% -$25=$30, $50=$60 etc!! (not redeemable for consignment items)
Good luck everyone! Read some books, eat some cool new recipes, beat your family at many different games and take good care of each other!
Love you all, Bernie, Beth & Terrie!
Bar Harbor Bank & Trust Announces Precautionary Measures as Part of COVID-19 Response
Transitions to Drive-Up Service Only at Branch Locations
In an effort to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and consistent with many other banking institutions in our region, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust will temporarily transition all branch services to drive-up only service beginning on March 20. This will allow the Bank to continue to provide full banking services, and in-person visits will be by appointment only in order to enable the Bank to conform to social distancing practices through limiting the number of customers inside at any given time.
"The health and safety of our customers, employees, and communities is of the utmost importance to us, and we are adjusting our operations to protect our employee and public health during this unprecedented time," said Curtis C. Simard, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust President and Chief Executive Officer. "Drive-up service and in-person appointments combined with our many on-line options are sensible preventative measures while continuing to provide the level of service our customers have come to expect."
Bar Harbor Bank & Trust offers a full range of tools for customers to manage their finances and get support and guidance remotely. Using Bar Harbor online and mobile banking, customers can manage their accounts, pay bills, deposit checks, transfer funds, and more - all from the comfort of their homes.
Bar Harbor Bank & Trust also has a network of more than 55 ATMs across Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont that can be accessed 24/7. Visit www.barharbor.bank to learn more about these products and services.
To further enhance the safety of our employees and customers, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust has been increasing cleaning efforts in its branches and offices, encouraging social distancing, and transitioning non-customer facing employees to work at home.
Customers who have questions or need assistance should call their local branch, a list of which can be found at www.barharbor.bank/about-us/atm-branch-locator. Customers can also call the Bank's Customer Service Center at 888-853-7100 for assistance.
Bar Harbor Bankshares (NYSE American: BHB) is the parent company of its wholly owned subsidiary,
Bar Harbor Bank & Trust. Operating over 50 locations across Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust is headquartered in Bar Harbor, Maine and has more than $3.6 billion in assets. As a leading Northern New England community bank, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust offers a full range of personal and business banking services, as well as wealth management services through its subsidiaries Bar Harbor Trust Services and Charter Trust Company. For more information about Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, visit
or call 888-853-7100. Member FDIC.
National Bank of Middlebury-
The National Bank of Middlebury Brandon Office is open for appointment only.
Appointments are being scheduled in Brandon between 9am and 4pm.
Please call (802) 247-8510 to schedule an appointment.
The ATM and night deposit are available 24/7.
In addition to our ATMs and night deposits, we are keeping our drive-ups open for their normal hours. Our closest drive-up to Brandon is at our Route 7 Middlebury office (240 Court Street).
Connecting all branches (toll free): 877-508-8455
Mail (including deposits and loan payments by mail): PO Box 189, Middlebury, VT 05753-0189
First, we want to say how proud we are to be a part of this community. There are so many hard working people out there who are going the extra distance for someone else, even when their lives have been disrupted by school closures, anxiety and even loss of jobs. We are humbled by the folks who are still sending in their farm memberships.
It's a great sign of HOPE...
that people believe life will circle back around and it will feel even more satisfying than normal to plant, grow, and eat what the earth gives back to us.
We have been working hard to keep our farm and farm stand on track like any other "normal" year. It's a hard thing to do given the fact that no one knows what life will look like 2 weeks, 6 weeks, or even 2 hours from now. It's been difficult for us to figure out if farming is "an essential business" knowing that we have employees still coming to work and sharing a space, small kids at home and everyone is at risk even with the safest hand washing and distancing. But
in our hearts we DO believe the work we are doing is one of the MOST ESSENTIAL things
we can do for ourselves and our community.
We can't think what the world would look like without our work right now. Inside the big plastic greenhouse bubbles we're in, there is
. And we can't wait to share that with you.
What will business look like when we open? We aren't sure.
Our commitment to you is steadfast and we think gardens will be more important than ever
. A vegetable or herb garden might be where people find their happiness this year. Creating a pollinator garden or potting up window boxes might be a new homeschool activity. Being outside as the world wakes back up is hopefully going to feel safe and nourishing to our spirits. There is so much unknown in the coming months. What will the regulations be on stores? We are continually thinking of how we will be able to serve our customers this spring, and how we can make our business (that is usually bustling with people) work in this new climate of distancing. Maybe we move to phone or online orders. Maybe there is a pick-up service. Maybe you can shop with a list from your car. Things are changing and we know we need to adapt.
We will find a way
. We ask for your support during a time that is going to be a hard change for all of us. There is nothing we like better than to see our farm stand buzzing with happy people, children discovering the love of plants, older customers meandering through...and our hearts hope that this will again be the way we can do business.
While we continue to sow the seeds for summer goodness, we send out good thoughts to all of you doing your part out there. We wish more than anything we could invite you in to our warm greenhouses where
things are growing their little hearts out
, ignorant to any changes in our world. One of our favorite bits of spring has been opening our doors to the public for our Open Greenhouse event in late April. It will most likely not be able to happen this year, so we invite you to please follow us on
where we are really good at keeping you inspired with photos of the work we are doing. For now, hopefully the virtual peak inside will
fill your hearts and lift your spirits
We love what we do. We love our community. And now more than ever, we love thinking that Wood's will still be your happy place.
-Jon, Courtney, Beth, Elsie, Alex & Gerry
(and our homeschool master gardeners Ezra age 9 and Emmett age 6)
We are still accepting Farm Memberships (formerly called CSA).
Stay well. Stay safe.
Your friends at Wood's Market Garden
Celebrating 20 years with Farmer Jon
TOWN OF BRANDON
Clerk and Treasurer's Office
COVID19/HEALTH SAFETY PROTOCOL
TO THE PUBLIC
- Please conduct business with the Town Clerk's office via phone/email/postal mail.
- Copying and faxing services for the public are suspended until further notice.
- Notary Services are suspended until further notice.
- Dog licenses, tax payments, sewer payments, and records requests should all be done via mail/Credit Card online/drop boxes in front of Town Office and Neshobe school. We can mail receipts if requested.
- Records requests can be fulfilled via email or mail if a Book & Page Number is provided. You may access our records online through RecordHub https://recordhub.cottsystems.com/. Any Records Research REQUIRING access will be by appointment only, you MUST call ahead before coming to the office.
- Lister cards are available by calling or emailing the Town Clerk's office.
- Dog License Renewals will likely be extended until May 1 (awaiting Select Board confirmation)
- Vital Records may be obtained by filling out the attached application
and mailing with the appropriate fees and copies of your identification per the form.
WE APPRECIATE YOUR PATIENCE
Mallory Auto will not be open until the Governor gives the go-ahead to go back to business as usual.
Emergency needs can call me at my residence-
Compass Music and Arts Center & Brandon Music
333 Jones Drive, Park Village
In view of the latest developments, we have reluctantly decided that the Compass Center is closed for the duration. We will be on site as usual for any urgent business and our online store (Divine Art Recordings) is operating as usual subject only to potential delays in postal delivery.
Brandon Music, 62 Country Club Road:
Sadly we have had to cancel all concerts in March and (so far) the hope is to resume our weekly music events and Vicki's famous dinners on April 11, but this of course will depend on how restrictions are eased over the next few weeks. All cancelled concerts are being rescheduled for later in the year.
Compass Music & Arts Center
Self-Care kits are available for order
Although our doors remain closed for the time being, we are offering up at home spa kits. Give to a friend or neighbor AND get one for yourself.
Curbside drop off or pick up will be available. If you have questions, don't hesitate to ask.
In support of our community's effort to "flatten the curve" of Covid-19, we have suspended our in-spa services until we receive further information from
the CDC. Additionally, we just received notice from the Office of professional regulation that it will be at least until April 15th.
Along with other innovative and creative businesses in the local area, we
are developing ways to continue to serve the needs of our clients...from a
distance. We have created a GC discount program that you can use anytime (now or in the future) for your in-home spa needs.
Purchase $50 receive a bonus certificate of $10
Purchase $100 receive a bonus certificate of $20
(Online link to GC)
I will be implementing an online shopping cart for products you are already faithfully using, in addition to brainstorming ways to bring DIY in home services to you, along with tutorials, virtual consults and self-care kits. These kits will come complete with the tools, supplies and products needed to assist in anxiety reduction, nail care, and skin care, among other things.
Complimentary Distance Reiki sessions are also in 15 min sessions-additional
minutes for $1/per min (email for details)
Keep in mind a new or existing Gift Certificates can be used to access any of the above services or products.
We will be offering pickup, delivery and free shipping. Updates will be posted on our social media pages.
Feel free to contact us via email at BrandonVillagespa@gmail.com or by phone at
465-8255 and don't forget to
Follow us on Facebook and Instagram
Here's what Swan&Stone Millinery is doing:
Our spring Art Shows have been cancelled (or postponed until late summer) so this spring we will be staying local, at home with our kids and in the studio.
We are a two-woman team and we each have our own studios, so our work habits are already "social distancing," and we have added lots of cleaning products, hand sanitizers and zero unplanned visits.
We continue to work on our spring and summer production--our full line of water resistant rain hats and our elegant straw sun and special occasion hats--and will focus our efforts on our website and local sales. We will be running various specials online and our hours are "by appointment only," so that we can continue to accommodate custom orders and in-studio purchases.
Our phone number is 802-318-6853, website is
and on @Swan&Stone Millinery on Facebook and @swanandstone on Instagram.
We have gift certificates that can be snail mailed or emailed as well.
Blue Moon and Indu
Ellen and Allie Walter
Indu and Blue Moon are
We are posting items to our Facebook page and instagram accounts.
People may order items via direct message on social media, VM or by chance on landline (802-247-5004), email at firstname.lastname@example.org or Allie's cell at 802-989-5416
We can arrange pick up time in front of the store, free shipping, or in town delivery.
Brandon Family Dentistry
The outbreak of COVID-19 has prompted many changes and restrictions on our communities.
Just like Hurricane Irene, this too will eventually pass and we must remain optimistic about the future (keep brushing!).
In the meanwhile, we're here to support our communities and lessen the burden on our medical colleagues.
We're available to triage and stabilize emergent and urgent dental problems (if you regularly see another dentist, we'll coordinate with them once the dust settles).
Please reach out to us if there are any questions or concerns--we're here for you!
Brandon Blue Seal
57 Alta Wood- Route 7 South
Open normal business hours:
Offering curbside service, call 247-9599, place your order and pay over the phone, we will bring your order out to you.
Otterside Animal Hospital
28 Conant Square,
We are open normal hours at this point. Asking clients to call ahead for pet food and medications to keep lobby occupancy limited. Asking clients who are sick or have been exposed, to call in advance so we can prepare or reschedule depending on the circumstance.
Brandon Artists Guild
For the wellbeing of our patrons and members, the Brandon Artists Guild is temporarily closed. We will reassess the gallery's hours as the situation unfolds and will continue to be mindful of the health of everyone around us.
Country Village Campground
Country Village Campground opens to the public 5/1/20.
We have no plans to change that. Our clients can use social distancing within the campground.
Awesome Graphics COVID-19 / Coronavirus Notice
Awesome Graphics is practicing exceptional customer service while physically distancing for safety. Please call or e-mail us about our zero-contact services, featuring on-line or phone orders & payments, FREE drop-off services, same day turnaround (when possible), 50% OFF all banner products, $99 Sandwich Board Signs.
Made Vermont Tough - by still working Vermonters!
For the safety of our employees and customers, we will continue to implement these guidelines we have in place for working on your vehicle or signage needs.
Foley Brother Brewing and
Neshobe River Winery
Our tasting room has been closed and curbside pick up is available by calling Liz at
802 465 8413
Products will he placed on a table with name and plate numbers. Credit card and license plate info required.
Service is available Wednesday through Saturday.
79 Stone Mill Dam Road
Brandon, VT 05733
Little Pressroom Ted Shambo
Staying positive and celebrating spring!
We thank you for your continued support through these challenging times!
DISCOUNTS MARCH 18TH THROUGH APRIL 17TH
* All NEW promotional product orders processed and paid will receive a 25% discount.
* All NEW print orders processed and paid will receive a 20% discount.
* All reorders of both promotional and print products will receive a 10% discount.
* If you don't need any products in the next month but would like to help us out by pre-buying for future orders, we'll offer 5% or more depending on the type/quantity of the order. We'll even pre-print and store them for you if you want.
You can also purchase Little Pressroom gift certificates for later use!
Are you a local restaurant offering take-out? Contact us today for your take-out menus, gift certificates, and any other needs you may have at this time!
In addition to helping us, you'll be helping THE FOOD SHELF AT HOPE!
For over 10 years we have donated $1 of every order to the food shelf at HOPE.
Thanks to everyone for doing business with us to support our friends and neighbors!
Betsy, Emma, Michelle & Ted
Computer-EZ in Mendon is open regular hours, but customers are no longer allowed up the stairs to the shop with computers. They must leave them downstairs. They can talk with the tech from downstairs or on their phone.
Site visits will be curtailed for normally scheduled visits, but emergency/urgent computer and network needs relating to business continuation will be addressed immediately as usual. Protection of some sort must be in place on site and will be analyzed as need be.
We will pick up and deliver computers as needed. Please continue to use phone & email to reach us in the office, if nobody is in the office, please leave a message and feel free to reach out to Larry directly on his mobile. 802-747-8094.
All the best to everyone, be safe, and don't panic. That only makes it worse.
Aikido Yoshokai Vermont
No business hours 802-989-4738
We started filming classes to share with students via YouTube links. Students will be able to continue training in their homes, while following high quality instruction that addresses situations and movements observed in recent classes. Students will be able to study Basic Movements and train with Bokken (wooden sword) and Jo (wooden staff) by following videos that connect to prior instruction in classes.
Best contact information is email:
Individuals interested in starting training are encouraged to get in touch.
McDonough's Fuel & Service
43 Conant Square
McDonough's is open for home heating oil deliveries- 247-3900
Give Mike a call for auto repair appointments- 247-4779
Maple View Farm Alpacas
Deb & Ed Bratton
The farm is closed to visitors until at least the end of April
Black Bear Tree, Land & Forest
Residential/Commercial Tree Care
Thad Poremski owner
Open as normal - all coordinating for jobs can be made over the phone or email if clients prefer not to meet face to face
Brandon Horse & Hound
12 Conant Square
Brandon Horse & Hound to discuss how I can help you. Call, text or email.
Thank you, Donna Baldwin
Sugar Fix Consulting
My name is Carey Bunker, and I can be reached by email at email@example.com
I specialize in small business consulting, social media and marketing- and would love to help our
local businesses figure out how best to stay in touch with their customers even when they've shuttered
their doors temporarily.
Neshobe Falls Insurance
Stacey Coburn- Agency principal
IMPORTANT: Please be advised, effective March 17, 2020, due to the precautions of COVID-19 coronavirus, our office will be closed to the public. We will be working remotely and ALL communications must be conducted by phone, email, website or Facebook. This will remain in effect until further notice. Thank you for your patience as we strive to continue excellence in our customer service; while practicing healthy safeguards during this difficult time.
47 Center Street | Brandon, Vermont 05733
O: 802.465.8527 |E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Independent Insurance Agent supporting Vermont
At Walgreens we are opening an hour late so we have time to meet some cleaning guidelines to protect our staff and customers.
Monday through Friday- 9am-8pm
Saturday- Front Store-9am-8pm and Pharmacy 9am-6pm
Rutland County Mutual Aid
If you need help and you are stuck at home, or if you think you can help those in need, please reach out to Rutland County Mutual Aid.
Rutland County Mutual Aid is a site that connects people in need with people who can help. The website has 2 surveys on it-- one for folks who are able and willing to volunteer and one for folks who may need support amidst COVID19 precautions.
The ultimate goal is to offer a place for those who need support to let their community members know
. Our team of volunteers will then help meet the needs of those folks in our community.