Attention Businesses- Marketing Campaign
Major Social Media Blitz!

With the uncertainties surrounding the retail and lodging world due to the Covid 19 pandemic, the Chamber, Town and Downtown Brandon Alliance, as we did during the segment 6 construction, are partnering to plan ways to draw Vermonters to our town over the coming months. We all need to work together to minimize the impact on our already stressed and recovering shops, inns and businesses. 
The restrictions on interstate and foreign travelers means we have to increase our focus on attracting our fellow Vermonters from across the state. We are planning a massive paid advertising blitz across social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram. This gives us the ability to target locations, demographics of age, recreation, hobbies and more. 
By doing this we hope to encourage and entice folks to "staycation" in Vermont, in our beautiful brand new village, highlighting the wealth of activities and fun we have to offer. Vermonters will not have to quarantine for 14 days and can therefore enjoy our inns and B&Bs while shopping, dining and enjoying the myriad recreational opportunities that surround us. 
We are investigating costs to implement this aggressive ad campaign and are fully aware of all of our financial hardships and vulnerability. That's why we are asking as many of you as possible to let us know if you're willing to help fund this project. We will be able to do this generic promotion of the whole town with a relatively small amount from many of us and get a much bigger bang for our buck.

Please send Bernie Carr an email at stating your willingness to support this endeavor. With enough support we are looking at $50-$75 or so per business. Again we will work to keep the costs as low as possible in full recognition of our fiscal constraints. We can do this! Thanks for your determination and support. 

Brandon- Unhurried, Unspoiled, Unforgettable, Unstoppable

Update on business 
information in the
Brandon/Forest Dale area.

This newsletter will be updated every Thursday as things are changing  quickly and businesses will respond accordingly.
Businesses please get info & changes in by 11am Thursday morning.

Please take a quick scroll down the newsletter to see any changes at various businesses

Welcome Back!!
Keep an eye out as more Brandon businesses reopen. 

Thanks for your support!

Governor Scott, at a recent press conference, announced additional businesses able to open June 1st. Nail salons, Spas, massage therapists and more. This does not reopen all areas of business and you should contact any operation to see what their individual status is before going to their location. Governor Scott also updated information on dining facilities opening to limited indoor seating in the near future. 
Locally, at a Zoom meeting with many of the business owners, there was a discussion on how they could handle employee and customer safety so that there is continuity across the board. In this way, patrons will know what is expected of them when they frequent each establishment. This should help keep everyone informed and reduce surprises as access to more and more businesses continues to expand.
It was felt that erring on the side of caution was the prudent way to move forward, so that the tremendous effort put forth by the majority of Vermonters to this point was not in vain. If there is an uptick in cases and the line moves in an upward curve, Governor Scott may need to re-institute the quarantine measures that he just relaxed.
Continuing with a safe and cautious approach to expanded public interaction seemed the most prudent action. 
We want to get open and stay open. 
The following informational sign will be provided to all businesses to post on their doors:
Brandon businesses care!
For the health and safety of you, their employees and the entire Brandon community, the following requirements will be in place in many businesses-
-Employees and customers must wear masks.                                              
-Hand sanitizer provided must be used as you enter and exit.
-Limit unnecessary touching of items and surfaces.
-Maintain social distancing.

Keep smiling!  We can see it in your eyes!
Per VOSHA- no one may enter if they have symptoms of respiratory illness.  


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

CARES Act info-IMPORTANT for your business
Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) & Emergency Economic Injury Grants
Very important for ALL businesses- Check out the SBA site and apply immediately. 
Check here for the application.    Watch the ZOOM meeting with SBA's Chris Herriman for excellent explanations and answers to many questions. Many Brandon businesses were online at this meeting. 

Sign up for the Dept of Labor newsletter  -stay up to date on Unemployment developments

Downtown and Village Center tax credit program   Applications for next round of tax credits due  Wed July 1, 2020 

As we move forward, businesses and employees must understand that how they work is essential to resuming and maintaining business operations. Preventing outbreaks and limiting the spread of COVID-19 is the only way to avoid future business and social disruption. The success of this phased restart will depend in large part on the ability of employers and employees to adhere to the public health, safety, and social distancing measures essential to limiting the spread of illness. To that end, the following is required of all businesses currently operating and those re-started:

(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  service  businesses and the safe  business  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 
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:
1.       Call the retailer and pay for your supplies over the phone.
2.       Let the retailer know that you are having the delivery service pick-up your items.
3.       Send an email to: 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
4.       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    34 Conant Square
Brandon House of Pizza - (802) 247-8177    16 Center St  Tuesday-Sunday during this whole crisis we are open 11:00 am-8:00pm.   Curbside and Take-out

Curbside Catrina- Authentic Mexican food- At Red Clover-  (802) 349-0761   43 Center St  
Every Saturday- Noon-3:00pm call or DM or Facebook to order- curbside pick up only (Fri pm cut off- cash only)

Foley Brother Brewing and Neshobe River Winery-  (802) 465-8413  available Wed-Sat by calling Liz 
Curbside pick up   79 Stone Mill Dam Rd- Brandon

Forest Dale Grocery & Deli - (802) 247-6457      15 Furnace Rd, Forest Dale
Store open & Delivery
Gourmet Provence and CafĂ© Provence- (802) 247-3002 37 Center St, Brandon
Reopening Friday May 15th- curbside and delivery only. Monday May 18th we will have in person shopping. 
The Cafe will start curbside and home delivery in a couple of weeks. 

Junction Store & Deli - (802) 247-3794      2265 Forest Dale Rd, Forest Dale
Store open & Curbside and Delivery
Kamuda's Country Market  -,   (802) 483-2361 ext-3    861 Arch St, Pittsford
Curbside and Delivery-  now allowing 4 people at a time for inside shopping. 
Keith's Country Store - (802) 483-6489       4085 US RT 7, Pittsford
Curbside and Delivery

Li's Chinese Restaurant-  (802) 247-8818  16 Park St,  Brandon
Curbside pick up- cash only   Menu
Neshobe Golf Club-Long Iron Restaurant- 247-3611   224 Town Farm Rd, Brandon
Curbside pick up-Friday nights dinners-    Tuesdays & Thursdays- Wing Nights  check Facebook page menu
Red Clover Ale Co.-  (802) 465-8412  43 Center St     Check out our beers on our website.
Curbside pick up- Friday 4-7 PM and Saturday 12-5 PM.  Place orders and pay online by emailing  or  place an order and pay over the phone during our pick up hours. 
American Red Cross
Blood Drive
Monday, June 22nd, 2020

Blood is still needed, please donate.
Brandon American Legion    550 Franklin Street, Brandon, Vt 05733
Monday, June 22nd, 2020     12:00PM - 5:00PM

Please call 1-800-Red-Cross (1-800-733-2767) or visit
and enter: BRANDONLEGION to schedule an appointment.

Foley Brother Brewing and 
Neshobe River Winery

Foley Brothers Brewing has a special offer for the month of June. Buy a case of beer or 6 bottles of wine and receive $25.00 in Brandon Bucks. Brandon Bucks can be used in retail stores and restaurants.  Check website for availability.

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

Red Clover Ale Co.
43 Center St-   802-465-8412

We will be open for pick up Friday 4-7 PM and Saturday 12-5 PM. 

People can place orders and pay online if they email us at They can also place an order and pay over the phone during our pick up hours. 

Check out our beers on our website.

"Curbside Catrina!" Mari's Mexican Food!  
Noon-3:00pm- Every Saturday!!    Red Clover Ale Co.        
Curbside pick up only.   Pre-order only by 9pm Friday

6/13/20 Menu-Chicken or Veggie Fajita Chimichangas with a side of guacamole & rice. $12 (includes tax)
Dessert- Arroz con leche- Creamy Mexican Rice pudding- $4.00     

    Facebook La Catrina  
Direct message me with your name or call at (802) 349-0761 to place your order. I will not be able to accommodate orders on the spot. Pre-order only!  
Please try to have correct change and give me a call when you arrive-gracias!
We've missed you, hope all are doing well and my Mexican food can help to make you happy and full !!

Mae's Place
OPEN at our new location- 10 Park Street!!

We're open in our new location and all ready for take-out and curbside delivery beginning at 7 a.m
We WERE going to start out small and just do a couple of specials each day BUT small isn't really our style (do it big or don't do it, right?!)
For your convenience and for the sake of social distancing we have hung a 3-foot menu in our window for the time being. You're welcome to look at that and then call to place your order. For pick up of orders- for those of you that do feel comfortable coming in, we ask that you wear a mask. We will have paper to-go menus inside as well!
As you may have noticed we have decided to do more than one special each seven days a week 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Check out the menu and specials on our Facebook page!

Cafe Provence, Gourmet Provence
Gourmet Provence is now open to instore customers!
 Our hours are: Tuesday-Saturday: 7am-5pm   Sunday: 8am-4pm  Closed Monday
Curbside pick up is also available, and some local delivery as well.

Cafe Provence is reopening for Take Out and local delivery Friday May 22nd!
We will serve Lunch and Dinner (Tuesday-Saturday),  Brunch and Dinner on Sunday. Closed Monday.
Menus can be seen on our website and Facebook. The Cafe Provence wines, beers and cocktails are also available.
It also looks like we will be allowed to start outdoor seating on June 1st!
We have been cleaning and getting ready this past week and are very excited to serve our customers again!        

Long Iron Restaurant
Neshobe Golf Club
Take out only from 4-7 pm  NOW OPEN FOR GOLF

Let us serve up some of our famously delicious dinners for you and your family! Every Friday night! Call ahead to order 247-3611

6/5/20 menu- 4-7pm pick up
Please check our Facebook page on Friday for this week's complete menu

Wings and Tenders/FF Tuesday and Thursday - Please call to pre-order
8 wings 8.95   (buffalo,garlic parm, barbecue, teriyaki, or mango habanero)
12 wings 12.95
18 wings 17.95
24 wings 21.95
Chicken Tenders/FF 7.95

Beer specials-
2 Domestics for 6.00
2 Switchback for 10.00
2 Better Dayz for 12.00
We will be taking orders anytime for Friday Night takeout           Stay safe and we will see you soon
Call the club house, place your order and pay with your credit card. Swing by the club house and pick up 
your tasty treat. (curbside pick up only)  Check us out on Facebook for each week's menu.  
   WE ARE NOW OPEN FOR GOLF!! Check  our website for info.
Upscale Resale   
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

Across The Street
New business downtown! 12 Center Street

Janet & Joel Mondlak are back in town and have opened a one-season only pop-up shop in the old Aubuchon Hardware storefront. They are selling their usual selection of eclectic, unusual, funky and fun older and newer things. From fine antiques to budget-friendly treasures. Inventory being brought in daily. More than a century of goodies! Open most days. Call 802-236-3737 for more info.

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! 

instagram @bluemoonclothingandgifts                                                                                                                                
People may order items via direct message on social media, VM or by chance on landline (802-247-5004), email at or Allie's cell at 802-989-5416

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: 
  Thanks for supporting your local home gift shop.       Keep safe. Nancy

Otterside Animal Hospital
28 Conant Square, 
Brandon 247-3335

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.

Pick out a snazzy hot air balloon spinner to brighten up your home!!
Carr's Gifts

21 Center St

OPEN for shopping!

Opening 10-5pm Mon- Sat Sometimes we're open on Sundays- give a call. See you soon.

New order of our great selling Hot Air Balloon Spinners are here! New styles too!
NEW PUZZLES -  checkout our window and come on in for more designs. 
Fathers Day cards and fun gifts. Summer items out and more coming in. 

Another way to shop online and still help out your local gift shop- check this out- Shop for awesome Color Changing Story Mugs at use our promo-code- CARRSGIFTS and get 19% off your order, PLUS we'll receive a percentage of every sale! Win, win.

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!
Call or message on facebook
Stay Healthy and Stay Strong!                

Miller Hill Farm, Nursery & Gardens
Now open for appointments email or call  802-623-7373

Dreaming about your yard & garden? 
Make up a list of early spring plants you would like to see in your landscape. Then send it to us and we will be in touch with availability, sizes and pricing.  
Annuals, veggie starts, perennial flowering plants, trees & shrubs and houseplants too!
See our website -
Send your wish list to  (preferred) or  drop it in the US mail to: 
Miller Hill Farm, Nursery & Gardens 2127 RT 73 E., Sudbury, VT. 05733

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 We'll reply with the schedule and a link to the Zoom classes. 
PH: 802-247-6633

Our office is now OPEN.   If you have questions or are curious about what may be in store for the Real Estate  market in our area, please give us a call. We would be delighted to discuss what is happening  from a seller's and buyer's perspective. We can do this on the phone or meet at a convenient 
and safe location. 
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. 
If we can't personally deliver it, Brandon has an awesome network of volunteers to get people at home the items they need. 
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 or 247-6457.

Brandon Free Public Library
Want to request Brandon Public Library services?

Librarian Molly Kennedy is working hard to fulfill your requests.  
Curbside pick-up  or  FREE delivery (using the Brandon delivery services mentioned at the top of the newsletter ).  

If your kids like to have stories read to them (or maybe you do), watch Miss Beth reading some fun kids books!  on Youtube.

Check out the library Facebook page for older stories she's read and new ones coming up!

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.
To get your Library services: (preferred) or call (802) 247-8230 

Wood's Market Garden
By the pond in Brandon

Shopping at Wood's will look a little bit different (okay, a heck of a lot different) this year. But we will still be able to get you plants for your gardens, and that, is a great feeling amidst this heavy time on earth. While we will miss our jam-packed farm stand, we will greet you with a smile from under our masks as you pick up curbside! We thank you so much for supporting our farm in this off year. 
Check out our web catalog with lots of pictures and descriptions of our inventory. Please remember that this is a new way of doing business for us as well. There are likely to be some hiccups as we move along. We ask for your patience.
Hanging Baskets- Organic Herbs & Veggie    Starts- Annuals- Containers 
Follow us on Facebook and join our email newsletter for the latest updates. 
Check out for more info!

Senior Citizens Center
News from Kathy Mathis

The Senior Center is closed, but we are serving the free community take out curb side pick up lunches every Friday till June 30th. 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 July 1st. Keep your fingers crossed.

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.  

Hannaford Supermarket

 Starting Sunday 5/10 we will be going back to our normal hours. 
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. 

Village Spa
32 Marble St- 802-465-8255
Self-Care kits are available for order

An update from Village Spa: Gov. Scott has allowed opening of Spa and Massage Studios! Check out my newsletter with information on how we are moving forward.

I have been able to offer spa kits and wellness products to support your overall health-physically and emotionally.  I have been meeting customers on line for facials, spa parties, wellness consultations and demonstrations.  I recently had a client with low back issues reach out and we scheduled a Zoom Virtual self care sessions and worked on some breathing techniques and self massage strategies to loosen that area.  I visited a couple of sisters through Zoom and we did a skincare class/virtual facial right from their living room in Colorado. (They would have been visiting this summer but had to change their plans.  This was the next best thing.)

In spite of how great it feels to come into the spa, I am happy to have more and more customers looking for ways to relax at home with a spa treatment.  I have met some wonderful people that I may not have met otherwise and for them, I am grateful.
I have set up contactless shopping to keep your body feeling great and your skin looking refreshed.  I am happy to offer up suggestions/recommendations as we navigate through this transition.  Curb-side pick up and shipping are also available.
Inside the spa, I am working on the little things that go unseen by my customers (thank goodness) such as clearing out the clutter in the basement, getting rid of 1/2 used products, old towels, books etc.  I have upgraded the soap dispensers, hand sanitizer dispensers and trash cans to auto sensor in an effort to make things even more sanitiary.  I revisitied my sanitation practices and received two certifications around protocols for Covid-19.

If anyone has any questions for me on my sanitation protocols, wellness and self-care products available, virtual consultations or services, please contact me via email at

Wishing you well & thanks for your continued kind words, your support and for purchasing from my local business.
Be well & Stay strong, 
PS.  Follow Village Spa on FB and Instagram for continued updates and information or check out the website at

The Bookstore
8 Conant Sq     465-8009

We've missed you!! We are cautiously, but enthusiastically, open for our great customers!
New Hours : Tuesday-Saturday 12:00-5:00 (or by appointment)
  For your safety, our safety, and the safety of our community:
* Masks & hand sanitizer use required
* Limit: three customers in store at one time
* Limit: two members of a family group
* Feeling unwell? Stay home & take care of yourself!
* Please leave pets at home
* Consider using our "Touchless Shopping Options" - curbside pickup, local delivery, direct-to-home shipping! 
We are happy to offer gift certificates, gift cards, annual book club memberships, & CSB (Community-Supported Bookselling) memberships too!   
Instagram: @TheBookstoreVT
Stay safe, keep calm, and read on! 
The Bookstore   8 Conant Sq     Brandon, VT  05733   
phone: 802-465-8009
  Thank you for supporting your local independent bookstore throughout this challenging time!
We look forward to seeing your smiling eyes!!

Mallory Auto
Eric Mallory

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

Fisher Electric 

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, or go to 
our website and fill out the contact form.  

Fisher Electric- 2417 Franklin St.  (across from Mac's)

Town Hall updates
Scheduling and other info

The Friends Of The Brandon Town Hall have been busy setting up for our 2020 season. Of course the actual opening of the hall depends on town, state and National directives. We are leaning on the side of caution and have already rescheduled all our May events to other times during the season hoping that we might be able to open by the middle of June. Once there is a definite date we will begin our normal publicity with monthly ads and weekly press releases in the Reporter, Chamber of Commerce Newsletter and other local publications.  
Always check our bulletin and sign boards for updates and times. In our effort to support and help our economy rebound plus let community members continue to enjoy the events at the Brandon Town Hall, all FOTH events for the 2020 season will be Free Will Donation events,this is possible only because of the generosity of our sponsors. 
At the moment we have 25 events scheduled, mostly Saturday nights, from June 13 to December 4. 

We will have something for everyone: participation in the town wide celebration for the end of Seg. 6, our popular 
Silent Movie series, bands, dances, puppets, theater, Mrs. America pageant, town wide events and our 7th annual  
"Brandon Has Talent Show" in September. 

FOTH would like to thank all those police, fire and rescue squad personnel, senior center and food shelf, workers and staff from our schools, grocery stores, health center, gas stations, businesses, restaurants, etc., that have put themselves out there to help make this pandemic a little easier to endure. Brandon is such a special place to live and work, we will rebound and be able to enjoy our brand new town. 
Looking forward to seeing you, saying hi, no handshakes or hugs, but a lot of love!! Thanks, Dennis W. Marden, Program Coordinator for the Friends of The Brandon Town Hall. 

Clerk and Treasurer's Office

  • 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 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.
Winning Image Graphix. 
4181 US Rte 7     Pittsford, VT

Thank you for supporting Winning Image Graphix.
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.       802-483-9412  

Compass Music and Arts Center & Brandon Music
333 Jones Drive, Park Village   802-247-4295

We hope that you are all safe and well and thank you for doing all that you can to keep everyone safe and well.

We have some good news. We are now able to provide limited opening at  the Compass Center from Monday, May 18th but we have needed to make some important changes before then for your safety and welfare.
We are now trained in how to manage COVID-19 in a commercial gallery and retail setting to make sure that we do our part to keep you safe and well.

The changes
If you would like to come to visit us or shop with us we ask that for your safety you wear your face mask and that when you enter the Center you sanitiz e your hands. Hand sanitizer will be available for your use. We also ask that you do your very best to maintain the 6 feet social distancing requirements. Our building is so large this should not be difficult. We have marked the building with blue arrows to create a one way movement through the gallery and retail areas which should also help with social distancing.
We have also revised our opening hours and after the 18th will only be open Tuesday - Friday from 10am-4pm for public access.
Opening times will be kept under review as State guidelines change.  We all want to make sure that the return to normality comes as quickly and safely as possible.

We are looking forward to welcoming visitors and guessing who is behind the mask.
Take care and stay safe everyone.

Edna and Stephen
Our international online  classical music service is operating subject to postal delays at                Compass Music & Arts Center
At times like these music can lift the spirits especially when stuck at home.   CD (curbside pickup) download, or stream from Spotify and Apple.
BRANDON MUSIC  62 Country Club Road:   All concerts are cancelled until the all clear is given for small gatherings to resume. All cancelled concerts are being rescheduled  for later in the year all being well. Watch this space...

Nifty Thrifty
19 Conant Square

Nifty Thrifty, Brandon's favorite thrift shop since 1975, is open
for business!!
Our hours are Monday - Saturday 10:00am  - 2:00pm. 
Please wear a mask if you visit, healthy shop girls are  essential to our business.

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 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
(802) 247-3314

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!
-Dr Jillian and Dr. Derek, Tina and Pam, Rachel and Henry          Brandon Family Dentistry

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...
Archived worship services can be seen at

Our Sunday's Resurrection Day message was Hope Begins Here and is currently view-able in our archive

Brandon Artists Guild
802 247-4956

Stay healthy!

Country Village Campground
40 US Rte 7
Leicester, VT
802 247-3333

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!  

Thanks for your patience & understanding.      Country Village Campground website

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.

Little Pressroom 

Ted Shambo  Creek Road,  Middlebury

Hi Neighbors!
Staying positive and celebrating spring!
We thank you for your continued support through these challenging times!
If you don't need any products now, 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!
Exciting News! The Little Pressroom Presents... GREEN MOUNTAIN GREETINGS, our new online stationery shop! You can browse pre-made designs for occasions such as Father's Day, Memorial Day, Graduation, Birthday, and more! New designs are being added frequently, so check back often!
Got some extra time these days? Want to help brighten someone's day? Let's be positive and creative! 
Everyone can take part by emailing us artwork, family photos, inspirational messages, or any other content.
We will then set up and print sets of postcards for purchase, so both kids and adults can write messages to our frontline heroes or anyone else!  
- Emergency Personnel, Hospitals, Nursing Homes, Military
- Grocery Workers, Truckers, Food Producers
- Grandparents or distant family members
- Anyone who could use a lift in their day with a personalized postcard
Cards will be sold in sets of at least 10 or as many more as you'd like. The more cards produced at once the less per piece it will be. A set of 10 will be $25 plus postage. You could work with others to bulk and split orders to save money.
To encourage social distancing, we'll include the postcard stamps so all you have to do is bring the cards out to your mailbox instead of going to the post office.
Please feel free to pass along this note to anyone you'd like.
Be well,   Betsy, Emma, Michelle & Ted                     LITTLEPRESSROOM@COMCAST.NET
Little Pressroom   802-388-2337     

Computer EZ
Larry Gold

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.

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.

Aikido Yoshokai Vermont
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.
Andrew Menkart
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

Maple View Farm Alpacas
Deb & Ed Bratton

The farm is closed to visitors.

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 
Cell: 802-345-2815

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
Carey Bunker

My business name is Sugar Fix Consulting-

My name is Carey Bunker, and I can be reached by email at

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 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:   
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Independent Insurance Agent supporting Vermont


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.

The Rutland County Mutual Aid website is:

Love Vermont
Directory of Vermont businesses online presence

Love Vermont 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

Many, many thanks and take the very best of care,
Lloyd and Jay
Lloyd Komesar Producer      Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival

Heritage Family Credit Union

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

National Bank of Middlebury
National Bank of Middlebury-
Brandon Office
5 Carver St- 247-8510
Office to reopen!

We are pleased to announce that our Brandon office will reopen on Tuesday, May 26th. The hours will be Monday through Friday, 9am to 12pm. 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 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

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.  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.   
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 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 . Customers can also call the Bank's Customer Service Center at 888-853-7100 for assistance.
Bar Harbor Bank & Trust Announces Resources to Help Parents Teach Their Children about Finances 
Bar Harbor Bank & Trust has announced the availability of several online resources that parents can use at home to teach their children about finances. The content, which consists of worksheets, articles, coloring sheets, and more, is geared towards students K-12 and includes content for Spanish-speaking families. All of the resources can be accessed at  
"Students have transitioned to remote learning because of COVID-19, and we wanted to ensure that parents had access to valuable financial education content that can be taught at home," said Joseph Schmitt, SVP and Chief Marketing Officer at Bar Harbor Bank & Trust. "Learning how to save and plan for the future is more important than ever, and we hope these resources will help put children on a path to a lifetime of financial success."
Bar Harbor Bank & Trust Employees Donate More Than $11,000 to Local Non-Profits Helping People Impacted by COVID-19
Bar Harbor, Maine - Bar Harbor Bank & Trust is donating the proceeds collected in Q1 2020 from its employee-driven charitable giving program, Casual for a Cause, to ten non-profits providing assistance to those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. More than $11,000 is being donated through the program, which pools employee contributions collected each quarter and distributes them to non-profits selected by and voted on by the employees.
The Casual for a Cause program typically supports nonprofits focused on education and workforce development. Because of COVID-19, Bank employees choose to focus the first quarter proceeds on the increasing needs of individuals and families who have been impacted by the crisis.
"All of us at Bar Harbor Bank & Trust recognize the importance of doing all we can in this time of uncertainty and economic hardship to help our friends and neighbors," said Jack Frost, VP Director of Community Giving at Bar Harbor Bank & Trust. "We are honored to donate this quarter's proceeds from Casual for a Cause to these outstanding organizations and to support the essential services they are providing during the pandemic."
With the Casual for a Cause program, Bank employees dress casually on Fridays in exchange for a contribution to a pool of funds collected during each quarter. The employees then select and vote on the nonprofits to receive their contributions. Since the program began in 2018, employees have donated nearly $75,000 to nonprofits across Northern New England.
Q1 2020 Grant Recipients in Vermont
Food Pantries in Vermont
Proceeds from Casual for a Cause has been distributed to:
Brandon Emergency Food Shelf
BROC Community Food Shelf
Randolph Area Food Shelf

(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.
Here are some links to give you  instructions, contact  and donation information
Our group of local people have been making masks for areas hospitals, VNA,  Senior homes, etc.  We are calling ourselves " Sew Vermont Safe".   Faith Daya has been a tireless point person - getting and distributing elastic, collecting and delivering masks,etc. And making artwork out of masks!  
Together, we have made per 2,500 since mid-March when the governor declared a state of emergency.  And we are still going strong! 
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

Faith Daya    Cell:  508-904-0404     faithdaya55@gmai