3rd November 2020
Info and happenings in our
Chamber and Town!
| 7 Park Street location donated by Heather & John Bierschenk was the perfect spot for auction success!!|Thank you from the Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce
A very tough year and how our Chamber worked to make it work!! Volunteers, great Chamber members and a great community!
2020 will go down as one of the most difficult and anxiety ridden years in history. The Corona virus threw a wrench into all of our lives both personally and business-wise. We all had to learn a new way to go about our daily lives in a safe and cautious manner while still making a living, going to school, shopping, safely socializing and generally trying to make the best of a very bad situation!
As with many venues across the state and country, our slate of Chamber events were all at risk. We worked hard to brainstorm ways to create possibilities that were effective, affordable, fun and inclusive while still maintaining the safety and health guidelines outlined by the Governor and thereby continuing our little state's example of containing the spread of the virus.
The Chamber worked hard to assist the businesses and residents of the Brandon area in weathering the storm. Coming off years of intrusive and difficult construction, the Chamber was ready in April to leap out of the box and celebrate our Even Better Brandon with a series of events in many of the downtown businesses and churches. We had plans for town hall movies and presentations, huge sales events in all of our stores, dances in the streets, musical gatherings and much more.
Fireworks viewed from
Celebrate Brandon Finale!
March 17th brought all of our planning crashing to the ground and President Wood and the Chamber board of directors leapt into planning an alternative and safe celebration that could be held in the fall.
The weekend of September 25th & 26th arrived and two days of glorious seventy five degree weather accompanied a scaled down version of the larger event that had been planned originally. We still had music and vendors in the parks, a movie, vendors and historical presentations in the town hall, exhibits in the Brandon Museum, walking tours, interesting displays of local pictures in shop windows, FIREWORKS and just a wonderful weekend that highlighted all the improvements that were made to our streetscape in the village.
It all worked out pretty darn well.
We had to cancel all the remaining popular Chamber mixers, but have them rescheduled for 2021.
We reinvented our popular and profitable Great Brandon Auction by turning it from a one day outside event to a 15 day inside bid or buy-it-now auction store. We were very worried about the auction and the loss of the income it generated as it is our largest income producer trailing only our member dues. It exceeded our wildest expectations! With the ideas, help and very hard work of our Auction Action Team we were able to transform an empty store front into a quite cute and effective Auction Sales store. The space at 6 Park Street was generously donated to us by John and Heather Bierschenk and, as our success demonstrates, needs to be filled by an entrepreneur very soon!
Many thanks go out to so many people. The auction team and board of directors did some really great work in so many ways, as well as some strong backed friends who helped with the moving and donation pick ups. A host of volunteers from our individual members corp jumped in manning the store front and were absolutely indispensable. Of course without our bidders and buyers we would be lost. When it all was finished we totaled over $20,000! The second highest amount in our 32 years of auctions!!
What a success and a true testament to the hard work and dedication of our chamber family and supporters throughout the communities we serve.
Yard sale day was a little easier to accomplish with everything outdoors and social distancing being observed along with face masks and sanitizer in heavy use. We had only half our usual number of sales, but those that set
up said they had great sales!
|Yard sale treasures galore!|
The last week of September saw the aforementioned "Celebrate Brandon Weekend" take place to rave reviews. Once again a very large number of folks pitched in and worked hard for over a year planning and organizing every aspect.
HarvestFest and the making of our popular "Leaf People"- how do you work with hundreds of folks in a concentrated area safely and efficiently?? Lots of signs, loads of sanitizer, masks and shields and
competent volunteers. We had all that and lots of friendly, happy adults and kids who brought home a new member of the family to stick in the yard. Partnering once again with the Brandon Rec Dept, we had a beautiful October day at Estabrook Park and a slew of vendors with food and other offerings to make for a fun and festive atmosphere. Thanks to all who helped organize and set up this fun event.
Good job Brandon and thank you for your support through these trying times.
If you want to be part of an organization that works hard for Brandon area businesses and at the same time for all our friends and neighbors, think about joining the Chamber. We have lots of businesses as well as over 50 individual members, and we have a lot of fun and get a lot done!
A big thanks to our President Pat Wood for her leadership and to all our 2020 board of directors, it ain't been easy but they've been GREAT If you see them give them an "air high 5" !!
Marty Feldman, Alyssa Zollman, Brian Coolidge, Polly Goodspeed, Carol Fjeld, Jim Leary, Jack Schneider, Gary Marini, Russ McColman, Brian Jerome, Riker Wikoff, Nancy Spaulding-Ness and Laurie Bertrand.
Thanks too go out to Dennis Marden who's had free time with the town hall being pretty much shut down, so I commandeered him as special assistant to the executive director and he's been invaluable.
Keep it up friends & neighbors- let's all make this a happy, healthy holiday season, stay the course, keep your head up and your hearts open to helping each other get through this as a community.
Kindness and hope always wins out- always.
Helpful links- Please inform any of your friends and neighbors of these valuable resources available to us all. We're trying to get the word out to EVERYONE. Tell them to sign up for the Chamber newsletter or visit the Town of Brandon Economic Development web page
Vermont businesses that have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic can now seek free technical business assistance to help in their recovery. The Small Business Recovery Technical Assistance Program provides businesses with access to experts in several areas including:
- business operations, financial management, and grant writing;
- digital strategies;
- architecture and physical space design;
- reconfiguring manufacturing equipment and processes and incorporating safety measures; technology and software consulting;
- legal, marketing, and other professional services.
The Small Business Recovery Technical Assistance Program is recommended for businesses that must change in some way to remain viable due to the challenges of the pandemic.
Foley Taco & Bean
22 Park St- 247-8226
Open hours for dine in, take out or curb side
Dine In - Take out - Curb side available
(The Platter) A great take out option for Tacos that include the makings for 8 tacos in each order
El Birdo (chicken)
Mojo Carne (marinated beef strips)
Also a new option from our menu MAKE YOUR OWN BURRITOs!! (or bowl)
Carpenters Coffee is now available!! (coffee on the spot or buy some to take home)
Roasted FRESH right here:
Wilcox Ice Cream is also still available for that sweet craving!!
The Brandon Artist Guild now
Open six days a week!
It's the Thought that Counts: The Brandon Artists Guild Announces
Holiday Gift Show
The Brandon Artists Guild (The BAG) kicks off the holiday season with affordable, gift-able art and craft pieces. The show, It's the Thought that Counts, runs from November 6 through January 24.
"We won't let coronavirus dampen the holiday spirit of giving," declares Stacey Stanhope Dundon, a ceramic artists and president of the BAG. "People can come to the Artists Guild and buy affordable, original pieces while avoiding crowds. They're also helping the local economy and supporting working artists. It's win-win."
In addition to the BAG's usual array of artworks, this all-member, all-media show features a Holiday Shop with a Mexican fiesta theme.
"The idea is to celebrate with bright, upbeat colors," says Stanhope-Dundon. "The kind of color that lifts your
The Brandon Artists Guild (the BAG) has expanded its hours. The gallery is now open Tuesday through Saturday from 10am to 5pm. Sunday hours are 10am to 4pm. Closed Mondays. The BAG is located at 7 Center Street, Brandon.
The BAG, a nonprofit, artist-run gallery, features works by regional Vermont artists in clay, glass, paint, wood, textiles, and more.
The Brandon Artists Guild is an artist-run gallery with approximately 35 exhibiting members and additional supporting members. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit cultural organization, the BAG supports the visual arts through exhibitions, lectures, demonstrations, and educational programs. 802 247-4956.
Across The Street
12 Center Street
Across the Street owners Janet and Joel are pleased to announce that we are hanging around town for the winter!
We are now open Thursdays - Sundays
from 11 am - 4 pm.
Come say hi to Juan Carlos, visiting in the window for a while! More than a century's worth of treasures. Prices starting at $1.
12 Center St., downtown Brandon.
We're selling our usual selection of eclectic, unusual, funky and fun older and newer things. From fine antiques to budget-friendly treasures. Inventory being brought in daily. Call 802-236-3737 for more info.
A whole WORLD of ideas across the street!!
Maria Ammatuna at Compass Music & Art Center
Need a project to help with anxiety due to Covid?
Looking for a way to provide an art project to you or a student learning remotely?
CFD Bits 'n Pieces Turkey Craft Kit provides you with all-in-one creativity! The Kit includes all the materials you need to craft this whimsical Turkey Plaque.
This Kit is full of value at $7.50 (sales tax is applicable) each. You can purchase your Kit at the Compass Music and Arts Center where we are now located at 333 Jones Drive, Brandon VT! Our location is very Covid compliant Open M-F 10:00am-5:00pm. Please note: closed Thanksgiving Day!
You can reach Maria at (802) 683-0221 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any-all questions or Edna Sutton at 802-247-4295.
Call ahead for curbside service. Supplies of this fun Kit are very limited. The value is fabulously priced at $7.50 ea and includes everything needed to craft this creative piece!
Hope you request yours soon! Stay healthy!
Compass Music and Arts Center & Brandon Music
333 Jones Drive, Park Village 802-247-4295www.cmacvt.org
The Compass Center is now open every Monday-Friday from 10am to 5pm and we have lots of things to see and visit that you can enjoy safely.
- VAGANZA -a new art exhibit featuring celebrated artists Fran Bull, Carolyn Shattuck, Joan Curtis, Robert Black, Ruth Hamilton, Linda Durkee, Mary Crowley and Tecari Shuman
- Stephanie Stouffer Art Gallery and Store featuring original artworks and a bonanza of ideas for the coming holidays especially Christmas gifts
- The international and highly acclaimed Divine Art Music Store with all of the latest releases available to purchase
- Compass Bookstore with new and gently used books all at amazingly low prices
- Bagatelles for collectibles and small antiques
- M and M hand knits made from hand dyed yarns, cozy and functional just perfect for the colder months
AND IN The Main Exhibition Hall
A huge sale of items - new and gently used including furniture, household, home décor, video and electronic goods which continues to be added to almost daily.
We also have lots of flexible spaces to rent that are just perfect for all kinds of activity including offices, studio work, teaching, rehearsal, small business and more. Just call 247-4295 for more information.
Rapid Resale VT
8 Conant Square- Jeff & Kelsey Foley 802-465-8628
Stop in and check out our new store next to the Bookstore! We buy by the pallet, and sell new items for up to 50% off retail price. It's our mission to create an affordable environment for our town. We are both natives and love the area and our friends and neighbors!. We sell all sorts of things such as toys, baby items, electronics, bedding, clothing and more. We offer a 10% military discount storewide as well! Our future plan is to grow out of our space and acquire a larger selection to help our community. Come on in and see what we're up to!
Our hours at this time are: Tuesday-Thursday 10-3pm, Fridays 10-7pm and
Saturdays 11-3pm we are closed Sunday and Monday.
Little Press Room
Job Opportunity & Gift Season is Coming
Good Day Friends and Neighbors
We're looking for the right person to join our team.
Requirements include web design, illustration, marketing, and customer service.
Must be punctual, able to multi-task, exceptionally friendly, adaptable, enthusiastic, detail-oriented, and highly computer literate.
IMPORTANT- Please respond with a resume, references, and salary requirement to email@example.com
NO CALLS- NO VISITS - thanks!
We're ready for gift giving at our web stationery store, Green Mountain Greetings!
It's time for your holiday printing!
Christmas and other Holiday Cards * Photo Cards * Holiday letters * Fun Gifts * Posters * Custom Wrapping Paper * Gift Stationery * Calendars * Digital Family Albums * Invitations * and much more.
How about Little Pressroom gift certificates for sale as stocking stuffers or holiday gifts?
We'd love to help you to digitally save all your valuable family information. Having separate digital records is essential for insurance purposes too! We can help with old pictures, VHS tapes, birth/death records, letters, deeds, and other legal documents, genealogies, etc.
Thank you very much for keeping your printing business local.
Betsy, Michelle & Ted
Little Pressroom 18 Creek Rd, Middlebury 802-388-2337 firstname.lastname@example.org
Nifty Thrifty 19 Conant Square
The very popular, annual Craft Sale is up a running. Come pick up your
winter project(s). We also have lots of warm clothing, with a very
extensive winter jacket collection for men and women. We have a brand
new walkway from the parking lot to our door thanks to our generous
The Brandon Hannaford has chosen Nifty Thrifty to be the recipient of this month's Community Bag Program! For every $2.50 reusable Community Bag that is sold at the Brandon Hannaford supermarket, Nifty Thrifty will receive a $1.00 donation.
As the days get shorter and colder it is the perfect time to snuggle up and begin crafting for sanity, for holiday gifts, or for the heck of it. People have been bringing us craft supplies all year and we have a huge and varied collection.
Our little shop in the Episcopal Rectory is packed full of cozy autumn & winter clothing.
Nifty Thrifty has been Brandon's favorite thrift shop since 1975. We joyfully give $500 each month to local projects, programs, events, activities and ideas. Our hours are Monday - Saturday 10:00am - 2:00pm. Please wear a mask if you visit, healthy shop girls are essential to our business.
We are always glad to receive quality donations, but we are even more delighted when purchases are made. We always have hidden treasures, our prices are the lowest, and you can feel noble about keeping goods out of landfills. We hope to see you soon.
Nifty Thrifty, Brandon's favorite thrift shop since 1975!
Our hours are Monday - Saturday 10:00am - 2:00pm.
Please wear a mask if you visit, healthy shop girls are essential to our business.
Check out our beers on our website. Facebook
Red Clover Ale Co.
43 Center St- 802-465-8412
We really miss having y'all in here. Anyone who has been to our little brewery knows that our taproom is the heart and soul of our operation. Being able to see you all and talk beer is what we love most. It might be a while till we get back to where we were, but in the meantime it has been truly wonderful to be able to see everyone and reconnect at our pop up beer gardens!
Big thanks to everyone who has supported us this year, we love you, and we couldn't do it without you
We will continue to do "to go" beer and curbside pick-up is available. You can place orders and pay online if you email us at email@example.com You can also place an order and pay over the phone.
Mari's Mexican Food!
Hope all are doing well and my Mexican food can help to make you happy and full !!
Foley Brother Brewing and
Neshobe River Winery
Our tasting room remains closed and curbside pick up is available Mon-Fri 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
Brandon Free Public Library
We are still providing curbside at your request. You can access curbside service Tuesdays 9am-12pm and Wednesdays between 9am-4pm. We will work with you if those times aren't convenient.
Please reach out to us at 802-247-8230 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Now open for Indoor and Outdoor Seating and Take Out Service
Tuesday - Saturday 11:30am - 9pm
Sunday 10am - 9pm Closed Monday Please call for reservations.
Tuesday - Saturday 7am - 5pm
Sunday 8am - 4pm Closed Monday
Menus can be seen on our website and Facebook. The Cafe Provence wines, beers and cocktails are also available. www.cafeprovencevt.com
8 Conant Sq 465-8009
It's been a tough year. Our little Bookstore is hanging in there, but we could use your help to make it through the holiday season -- and beyond.
Here are some ways to support The Bookstore:
- Join our CSB (Community Supported Bookselling) program - purchase a $500 gift card, we keep it at the store (à la Woods Market CSA), members of your household get 20% off books, 10% off other merchandise (with certain restrictions on how much can be redeemed at once)
- Purchase an annual subscription to Libro.fm audiobooks for $180, designate The Bookstore as your indie bookstore, and we get $90! https://libro.fm/membership_gifts/new/1
- Shop early! This crazy year, who knows what will happen?
You don't even have to live in Brandon to support us -- email, call, or use the
website to place your orders.
Open Tuesday through Saturday, from Noon to 5:00; curbside pickup available.
We love you and love bringing you the books and other goodies you need!
We are happy to offer gift certificates, gift cards, annual book club memberships, & CSB (Community-SupportedBookselling) memberships!
Stay safe, keep calm, and read on!
The Bookstore 8 Conant Sq Brandon, VT 05733
Thank you for supporting your local independent bookstore throughout this challenging time! We look forward to seeing your smiling eyes!!
Town Hall updates
Scheduling and other info
WE'LL BE BACK, BIGGER AND BETTER IN 2021!!!
We have certainly missed all our loyal patrons this year but have been able to reschedule all of this year's performers for 2021 from May through December. We have over 20 events scheduled so far, with more to come and are being optimistic that visitors and community members will be back in force next year enjoying our new, beautiful downtown.
7 Silent Movies, one a month from May to November...Middlebury College Community chorus...Dance Bands: "LC Jazz" & "The Doughboys"...Musical Groups, "Silverbacks", "Melissa D & Friends", "Michele Fay Band", "Phil Henry & The Newsfeed", "Dissipated Eight", "Carol Reed Band".
Brandon Town Players Production...Bee Keepers Conference...Dinoman-"Space"...No Strings Marionettes, "Snowmaiden"... Chamber Mixer...Town Wide Events: Moonlight Madness, Town Wide Yard Sale Day...7th Annual "Brandon Has Talent Show"...Lions Club Benefit, "The Beatles".
The Friends Of The Brandon Town Hall - Like us on Facebook and stay informed on New programming and updates. Stay safe, stay healthy, thanks for your understanding and patience.
Dennis W. Marden for The Friends Of The Brandon Town Hall.
32 Marble St- 802-465-8255
Offering skincare, massage, waxing and body treatments in a quiet and relaxed setting on the edge of the village. I am proud to use Hale and Hush, The Body Lounge And Modvellum in my treatments-all free of harmful toxins and chemicals. Products used in services are available to take home from the wellness boutiques as well as extras such as self-care books, bath salts, herbal heat wraps, wellness kits, tonic and tinctures, to name a few. I offer bulk service discounts and rewards points to make it more affordable to continue your wellness journey on a regular basis. My goal is to make sure you receive the assistance you need in creating a self care plan that will leave you feeling relaxed and refreshed.
Spa phone- 802-465-8255 Spa text- 802-353-8043
Wishing you well & thanks for your continued kind words, your support and for purchasing from my local business.
Be well & Stay strong,
21 Center St
Opening 10-5pm Mon-Fri 10-4 Sat. Sometimes we're open on Sundays- give a call. See you soon. NEW PUZZLES
Here's GREAT Covid 19 promotion! You all love Silver Forest & Spirit earrings. A great Vermont company and one of the best selling lines we have in the shop. They're very supportive of we retailers and of all the folks who buy their jewelry. Here is another way they're helping us and you- check it out!
Silver Forests' generous promotion has been extended through the end of the year!!!
Who doesn't like two free gifts!!
Come in soon for the best selection and stock up for your jewelry box or nice gifts for the future.
Senior Citizens Center
News from Kathy Mathis
The Senior Center is closed, but we are serving the free lunch till January 1. Plus we are continuing with the monthly dinners the 2nd Tues as curb side take out. Also, the food shelf is by appointment only by calling 247-6720. Bagged lunch includes a different lunch each week with dessert included from Noon to 1:00. All are welcome. We also are doing the monthly dinners as take out.
We hope to be able to open soon. Keep your fingers crossed.
We also have opened up for the Visiting Nurses Toe Nail Clinic. The food shelf has also moved from the basement of the Congo Church to downstairs at the Sr. Ctr. This way it is easier for both us and the clients and it's handicapped accessible!
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.
Maple View Farm Alpacas
Deb & Ed Bratton
We invite you to visit our farm and encourage you to contact us at our website to arrange your visit.
Visits are by appointment only and groups are limited to 4 people. Only 2 people may be in the store at a time.
Blue Moon Clothing & Gifts
Ellen and Allie Walter
Blue Moon is open!
During the period of temporary closure, we have had a chance to reflect and we decided to simplify to one store front. We are now under one roof in our sweet, old building overlooking the falls at 31 Center Street. Women's clothing, jewelry and accessories downstairs, and gifts, housewares, and plants upstairs. We still have all of the same items you love, but now in one space! We are currently open for shopping with masks
11am-4pm Tuesday through Saturday! See you soon!
People may order items via direct message on social media, VM or by chance on landline (802-247-5004), email at email@example.com or Allie's cell at 802-989-5416
A southern girl and an expat Welshman. Creating heartfelt wedding memories for emotion junkies (like us) worldwide.
Do you love color? Me too! If you're looking for dark, moody and muddy, I'm not your girl. Our films are vibrant, emotive, and driven by narrative. My goal in life is to make you laugh and/or cry. Kind of like my love for color, there's nothing bland about our films. You should be able to watch any of them and come away with a sense of who our couples are. Some people just want pretty images set to music, and sure, I can do that, but it's not my happy place, so I tend to veer... away from that vibe. I want to get to know you, your family and friends, then create a wedding film which is a reflection of you and the people you love most in this world. That way, when your great grand-children watch your wedding film (a lot of years from now) they "get" you. Leave a legacy behind for them. Not a music video
Five Meadows Farm, LLC
900 Pearl Street
Brandon, VT 802-247-8300
Five Meadows Farm, LLC is open for the season through November. Horseback riding lessons, a personalized time with horses, or a one time horseback ride can be tailored to your needs. Experienced and kind youth horses. Lessons typically are 1.5
hours and include riding and grooming time. Lessons are typically given on Saturdays and several weekday evenings. We also offer aged and new horse manure for your gardens, yard or supercharging your compost pile, and mulch, first cut and second cut hay in small quantities as available. Please like our facebook page for updates. We look forward to sharing our wonderful horses and farm with you!
The Home Shop- Open for shopping!!
39 Center St 802-465-1817 cell- 802-558-1444
The Home Shop is OPEN for business M-F from 10-3:30, and following physical distancing practices.
Full of locally made gifts, area rugs, upholstered & hard furniture options, fabrics, bedding, kitchen/office/bathroom/closet cabinets, cabinet & door hardware, light fixtures and much more!
Located above Gourmet Provence at 39 Center Street. C'mon up!
The Home Shop has also opened an Online Store showing Brandon, Vermont made items, vintage items and new products.
Here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/pg/The-Home-Shop-154158154741712/shop/?ref=page_internal
Thanks for supporting your local home gift shop. Keep safe. Nancy
Otterside Animal Hospital
28 Conant Square,
Starting Monday June 8th pets and their pet parents will be welcome into the waiting area and exam rooms for appointments! We have modified our operations to keep our employees and pet parents safe. Please find an outline of what to expect below.
- Please call us when you arrive and stay in your car. We will call and let you know when you and your pet can enter the building. We will be pre-screening clients by phone for any COVID-19 symptoms.
- Please wear a mask or facial covering, and we ask that only one pet parent escort a pet in the building. To ensure safe distancing we will limit the number of pet parents in the building. Hand sanitizer will be provided in multiple locations and chairs will be wiped down after each client. If you prefer to remain in your car we can accommodate with curbside service.
Prescriptions and food requests will remain curbside. Please call in requests 24 hours in advance and we will call you for payment and to schedule pick up when it is ready. We will leave it in the RX box outside on the front porch before you arrive.
Dr. Crossman would like to thank all our clients for their patience during this stressful time and looks forward to seeing you back in the exam rooms once again. He also gives a special thanks to our staff for the hard work, long hours and devoted care they give to each one of your pets.
10 Park Street!!
As you may have noticed we have decided to do more than one special each day...open seven days a week 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Check out the menu and specials on our Facebook page!
Miller Hill Farm, Nursery & Gardens
Now open for appointments email or call 802-623-7373
Our July guest event "A Morning in the Garden" with Henry Homeyer has been postponed until summer 2021 -
~ stay safe ~ be well everyone and find happiness in the garden~
Perennial flowering plants, trees & shrubs and houseplants too!
Send your wish list to firstname.lastname@example.org (preferred) or drop it in the US mail to:
Miller Hill Farm, Nursery & Gardens 2127 RT 73 E., Sudbury, VT. 05733
Brandon Florist Shoppe
256 Grove street- 247-5727
Brandon Florist Shoppe open for regular business!!
Mon-Fri- 9-5:30, Sat-9-3:00 WE DELIVER!!
Wearing a mask is important!
Stay Healthy and Stay Strong!
The Residence at Otter Creek
350 Lodge Rd- Middlebury- 388-1220
The Residence at Otter Creek is a Senior Living Community located on a sweeping 36 acres of land surrounded by sprawling fields, wooded areas, walking trails, majestic mountains and panoramic views that never cease to amaze. Located in Middlebury, Vermont, the quaint downtown of Middlebury and Middlebury College are literally minutes away. Known as one of the most diverse and culturally oriented towns in New England, Middlebury provides one and all an infinite array of cultural activities, shopping and special events for people of all ages. The Residence at Otter Creek offers Independent Living, Assisted Living and Memory Care.Check us out!
Brandon Yoga Center
1340 Grove St- Brandon
The Brandon Yoga Center has (temporarily) gone virtual.
We are offering many different classes: chair, vinyasa, 'hot' and 'gentle' yoga and meditation sessions plus Pilates classes each week.
For anyone interested in joining, please send us an email at email@example.com. We'll reply with the schedule and a link to the Zoom classes.
This might be a good time to explore the possibilities of selling or buying. Unprecedented low interest rates and low home inventory make this an interesting time. Possibly building is a choice. We'd be happy to discuss the possibilities with you.
Thanks to all who work in those essential fields at considerable risk.
Be Well, Tom - 236-9076 Carolyn - 236-9075
Forest Dale Grocery & Deli
15 Furnace Road- 247-6457
Next to the Forest Dale Post Office
Forest Dale Grocery and Deli is open for business as usual, we are putting a huge emphasis on curbside orders and delivery. We have delivered all over the Brandon area, even going as far as Rutland.
We are doing everything in our power to serve our community to the best of our ability.
Give us a call, and let us serve you! 247-6457
RestorationBBQ@GMail.com or 247-6457.
Lazy Acres Equines
Congratulations to all of the members of the LAE community who have completed a successful (albeit odd) show season! Thank you to everyone who supported our LAE athletes (those with 4 legs as well as those with 2 legs). We look forward to planning a 2021 season soon!
Are you looking to start something new? Are you a rider looking to develop your skills to the next level? Lazy Acres Equines has English or Western training and lessons available daily in our indoor riding school. Our professional staff offer exceptional care and education in a clean, modern facility. We welcome everyone from beginner to advanced. Currently accepting applications for working students 14 years of age and older, contact us for more information including prerequisites.
Safe Sport Certified.
Contact us today to schedule your lesson.
Stay Safe & Enjoy The Ride and thank you for your dedication to exceptional horsemanship, we truly appreciate your support!
Michelle, Tim, Ashley, Erin and Donna 236-5745 Facebook
Sunday 7am -9pm, Monday - Saturday 7am - 10pm.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 7am - 8am reserved for senior/high risk shoppers.
At Hannaford, we're committed to helping you and your families to stay safe and healthy during this challenging time. We've implemented extensive social distancing practices and other safeguards in our store. These include limiting the number of customers that are allowed in the store at one time and also having the aisles flow one way, so please follow the arrows while shopping.
Tips for our customers to help us, who are working in the store everyday, stay safe and healthy:
Please shop alone when possible, make a list to make your shopping trip quicker, try to do one big weekly shop rather than several small ones. We stock shelves during the day so please help us with social distancing for the safety of all. We are working very hard to get the shelves stocked and full but some items are not available and out of our control. At this time we are not allowing reusable bags in the store.
Thank you all for your continued support through this challenging time.
Aikido Yoshokai Vermont
No business hours 802-989-4738
Aikido Yoshokai Vermont is set for the Summer of 2020 with a regular Thursday night No-contact, Distance Training Aikido Class from 6:30-7:30. Beginners and spectators welcome. Email Dojo@AikidoYoshokaiVermont.org for class location (NOT at Rossiter St. location). This will also allow us to set up a large enough Dojo space to accommodate the number of students expected to attend. We'll learn to move together, far apart.
Best contact information is email: Dojo@AikidoYoshokaiVermont.org
Individuals interested in starting training are encouraged to get in touch.
2580 Franklin Street- South of Brandon on Rte 7-just north of Otter Valley
WE are open for inside shopping!!!
We received our shipment of beautiful outdoor furniture! Our display will be outside in front of the store for easy and safe access.
Stop by and check them out, they're made by a small Amish run business.
Leo LaRocque- cell- 802-355-3310
Store #- 802-465-8161
Mallory Auto is open and up and running. We are scheduling appointments and doing curbside service. Please wear a mask. Waiting area will be outside.
Call- 802-247-3618 cell-345-0211 Stay safe!
Charlotte Bishop Massage Therapy
Call for appointment -802-247-8106
Now accepting appointments for massage therapy at my home office in Brandon.
Over 25 years of experience. Therapeutic massage, soft tissue release, and Swedish/Eslam.
Mask required during massage.
Call today and enjoy a relaxing, tension releasing, and invigorating therapeutic massage.
Compass Treasure Chest
256 Grove St 802-465-8436
Open for shoppers Tuesday-Saturday, 10-3:00. Must wear a mask.
Sorry, not taking consignments right now, but coming soon.
Check us out on Facebook
- We're right next to Brandon Florist Shoppe
Our business is fully open M-Sat. 8-5. We have standby and portable generators, Mini-split heat/cooling pumps and more. Call today for more info.
Folks can call 802-465-8551, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or go to
Fisher Electric- 2417 Franklin St. (across from Mac's)
Green Mt Power has app to let customers support small biz and nonprofits
Michael Shank suggests novel solar credits sharing program
Green Mountain Power kicked off a program Wednesday that will allow customers to share solar credits with small businesses recovering from the loss of income caused by the pandemic.
It joins an enhanced rebate program as ways to decrease fossil fuel use in responsible ways.
The app was inspired by an email sent March 20 by Michael Shank, of Brandon.
Shank said he thinks a lot of his friends and neighbors were trying to find ways to help their community recover from the economic fallout of the pandemic response.
Also the time is right to install a heat pump unit that will save you money while keeping you COOL all summer and WARM in February. Efficiency Vermont has a $400 rebate and Green Mountain Power has a rebate also.
Check out two of your fellow Chamber members who can install one for you with just a call.
TOWN OF BRANDON
Clerk and Treasurer's Office
COVID19/HEALTH SAFETY PROTOCOL
Town Clerks Office is now open Monday through Thursday
9am - 4pm. Masks are required. Any visits over 15 minutes require signing in and visits over half hour require a medical questionnaire.
If you are not comfortable coming in to the office you may do the following:
- Dog licenses, tax payments, sewer payments, and records requests may be done via mail/Credit Card online/drop boxes in front of Town Office and Neshobe school. We can mail receipts if requested.
- 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.
- 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
Winning Image Graphix.
4181 US Rte 7 Pittsford, VT
Plan ahead for your Screen printed or Embroidered Spring Apparel, new signage, vehicle graphics and logo design.
With Social distancing in effect, please email or call us. We are offering free local delivery and curbside pick up.
Swan & Stone Millinery
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 www.swanandstone.com
and on @Swan&Stone Millinery on Facebook and @swanandstone on Instagram.
We have gift certificates that can be snail mailed or emailed as well.
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!).
We're open with regular hours. Call today for all your dental needs.
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 for Business !!
We are now allowing inside shopping as long as you wear a mask.
We are still offering curbside, please call in your order to 247-9599, we will process your order and bring it out to you when you get here. Our hours have changed temporarily, Mon-Fri 8-6, Sat 8-4 and Sun 9-3.
LifeBridge Christian Church
97 Frog Hollow Road 247-5433
LifeBridge Christian Church has transitioned from worship services to online worship experiences until further notice.
You can access our worship services at 9:00 AM on Sunday mornings by going to...
Our Sunday's Resurrection Day message was Hope Begins Here
and is currently view-able in our archive
Country Village Campground
40 US Rte 7
We are open for RV sites only (no tent sites) to:
All Vermont residents, as well as out-of-state guests that have completed a 14-day quarantine within the state of Vermont.
We are collecting the mandated health form prior to check-in, and state protocols are being followed to provide the safest possible environment.
We have limited sites available so please give us a call to make a reservation!
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.
Computer-EZ in Mendon continues to be open regular hours, but customers are no longer allowed up the stairs to the shop with computers. They are asked to drop off and pick up computers downstairs. They can talk with the tech from downstairs or on their phone.
We are starting to schedule site visits, as the economy continues to open, with an eye towards being safe. We show up with masks and gloves and a disinfectant spray in my pocket, and look to be "socially distant" with users and employees on site. Emergency/urgent computer and network needs relating to personal use and business continuation will continue to be addressed immediately as usual. Protection of some sort should be in place on site with the employees or users wearing masks, and will be analyzed as need be.
We will also 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, be patient.
184 Jones Drive
Our office is closed but all of our staff is working remotely and the website is up and running and processing orders.
800-209-9624 extension 201
9AM - 5PM Eastern Time
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
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
Please contact 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
Need to get online quickly? I can get you set up with Wordpress and Ecommerce so you can start selling online. Suitable for any brick and mortar store.
I can also help you set up a social media plan to stay connected with Brandon (and beyond). Facebook usage has skyrocketed in the past month- don't miss out on that connection. I can also assist with growing your email list and marketing and Website/WordPress/ecommerce sites. I can help build, update and get businesses online quickly with reasonable rates.
Neshobe Falls Insurance
Stacey S. Coburn & Teena Foster
Neshobe Falls Insurance Agency, is an independent insurance agency offering a variety of insurance products in VT and NH, including homeowners insurance, auto insurance, general liability, workers compensation, life and disability insurance, wealth management, retirement accounts including IRAs, simple IRAs and 401(k)s, Medicare supplement needs, Voluntary Benefits, Disability, Wealth Management, VSP Vision, Delta Dental, AFLAC and much more!
Open Monday through Friday 9:00 Am - 4:00 Pm or by appointment
Monday through Friday- 8am-8pm
Saturday- Front Store-8am-8pm and Pharmacy 8am-6pm
Sunday- 8am-5pm Please try to wear a mask.
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.
Directory of Vermont businesses online presence
is a directory of Vermont businesses affected by closing as a result of COVID-19 who are now selling gift certificates online, offering take-out or delivery, online shopping, discounts, or asking for donations to support their business. REDC is encouraging Rutland County businesses to sign-up to get their information listed
on this free resource. Love Vermont was created by three Vermonters who wanted to do something to help local businesses during this challenging time and "to mobilize loyal customers to provide much-needed support for their favorite places in town."
Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival
Updates and information on 2020 Festival
Greetings from MNFF! We truly hope that this note finds you healthy, safe and coping well in these very challenging times.
For the last few months, since the COVID-19 pandemic descended on our country, our state, our community, we have been patiently watching developments and maintaining a cautiously optimistic position that a limited version of the 6th Annual Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival could be staged in late August. And, indeed, the progress that the State of Vermont has made in combating the virus is remarkable, thanks in no small measure to the incredible sacrifices that the people of Vermont have made. We remained hopeful. But, in recent days, it has become clear to us that all the key elements we would need to present even a scaled back event will not come together this summer. So, we write to you, as one of our most important supporters, to let you know, before the news breaks more widely, that the physical version of MNFF6 will not take place. There will not be a joyous gathering of filmmakers and festival goers on the streets and in the theaters this August in Middlebury and we are genuinely disappointed to convey this decision to you.
But there is definitely good news to share as well! We have begun working on an online version of the 6th Annual Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival to take place around the same late August dates of the physical Festival. We are very excited about this new approach. You can anticipate a robust collection of both feature films and shorts, documentaries and dramas, all from first and second time filmmakers, to be available for viewing. You can look forward to interesting Q&As with filmmakers. And, what's more, you can expect to engage with the Festival not on a tight day-by-day, film-by-film schedule but rather a flexible schedule that lets you watch a film whenever you'd like over the course of the event.
We will be releasing many more details about the 6th Annual Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival Online Edition in the weeks to come, including the exact dates and how to purchase Festival Passes. We hope you will attend and enjoy. As always, we welcome your continued support. Feel free to spread the word and please consider making a donation to help us cover the cost of bringing MNFF6 to life online. You can find us at https://middfilmfest.org/donate/
Many, many thanks and take the very best of care,
Lloyd and Jay
Lloyd Komesar- Producer Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival
Heritage Family Credit Union
AN UPDATE FROM THE PRESIDENT/CEO
All branch lobbies (except for the Hooksett, NH lobby) and drive-thrus will be open during regular operating hours. However, there will be mandated restrictions and changes to our daily procedures, in order to help keep members and staff safe. I'd like to take a moment to share what you can expect:
* Each branch will have a maximum number of people allowed in the lobby, which includes both staff and members. You will notice a sign on the entry indicating that location's capacity. Upon entering the branch, you will see floor stickers placed to keep you physically distant from others. Please do not enter a branch if there are no empty floor stickers available.
* All teller lines and offices have been fitted with plexiglass face shields. Our staff will all be wearing masks and we request that everyone wear a mask while in the branch for the protection of you and our staff. If you are uncomfortable wearing a mask for any reason, we ask that you plan to utilize the drive-thru for services.
* Unfortunately, we cannot allow for congregating in the lobbies. So, if you need to meet with one of my staff, it will be important for you to make an appointment and stay in your car until your appointment time. At the outset, we will have reduced staffing at most locations to assist us in physical distancing. This may increase wait times at the teller line or when meeting with a Financial Services Representative.
* We have increased the cleaning schedule in all of our buildings. Public spaces will be cleaned several times a day and frequently touched surfaces after every use. At this time, we are unable to offer coffee service, coin machines, lobby tech stations or public restrooms.
* As I've said numerous times, we strongly encourage you to utilize online services and e-sign any necessary documents, so you can take care of business from home! If you must visit a branch, we ask you to please limit the number of family members and refrain from bringing children, if possible.
* Lastly, if you are experiencing any signs of illness or caring for someone who is sick, please stay home and do not enter our buildings. Also, if you've travelled out of state, ensure you've observed a self-quarantine of at least 14 days with no symptoms, before visiting a branch.
Thank you for your patience during these challenging times and thank you in advance for your assistance in following these guidelines as we open our lobbies to the general public. We are all experiencing a new normal and my staff and I are doing everything we can to get back to resume full operations. We continue to be here to serve you and your family's financial needs. If you have questions or if there is anything we can do to assist you, contact us at 888.252.8932 or visit us online at hfcuvt.com
National Bank of Middlebury-
5 Carver St- 247-8510
Office to reopen!
We are pleased to announce that our Brandon office is expanding office hours! The Brandon office is now open Monday through Friday, 9am to 4pm. Our ATM and night drop will still be available 24/7.
If you choose to visit our Brandon office, please adhere to the following guidelines:
- One customer in the lobby at a time - a greeter will meet you at the door to ID you.
- Please use a face mask and have ID ready. If you do not have a face mask, we can provide one for you. We may ask you to remove your mask briefly to confirm your identity.
- Consider making an appointment by calling us at 877-508-8455.
We want to serve you in the safest way possible. We encourage you to continue to take advantage of all our online tools including online and mobile banking, mobile deposit, bill pay, and Popmoney. If you have any questions about any of these online services or other matters, please visit our website at nbmvt.com
or call Customer Support at 877-508-8455.
We are honored to continue to serve you. We hope you stay healthy and safe.
Sincerely, Catherine, Kathy, Carolyn, Cheryl, and Suzanne
Brandon Office Staff, National Bank of Middlebury
Connecting all branches (toll free): 877-508-8455
Mail (including deposits and loan payments by mail): PO Box 189, Middlebury, VT 05753-0189
Lobbies are now open in Brandon and Pittsford.
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. 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.