December 2018

~Chamber Newsletter~

Info and happenings in our Chamber and Town!

Go to  for construction info


Brandon's Moonlight Madness,  Thurs. Dec. 20th.  Exceptional Deals, Warm Drinks, Sweet Treats, Feel Good!
Bring your wish list or start one in Brandon! Shop local!
Brandon's Moonlight Madness event is for shoppers looking for unique gifts, one-of-a-kind items, and exceptional customer service. The event brings friends and neighbors together as people pour into town bringing holiday cheer and spirits. 
Moonlight Madness specials and discounts begin at 4:00 pm, Thursday, December 20th. Many shops will stay open until 9:00 pm.
Downtown Brandon has new shops and eateries. Come for a shopping and dining experience which can't be found at the mall or over the Internet!
All throughout town, there will be bargains, sales, specials, drawings, exceptional refreshments and a terrific shopping experience.

Many shops offering 20% off storewide a chance to win $100 in Brandon Bucks!      

   Shop local! For more information, contact the Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce at or 247-6401.
nd a chance to win $100 in Brandon Bucks!      

Brandon Artists 
Guild presents 
December 20th:
Free 15 minute hands-on copper star ornament workshop 
with jewelry artists  Wenda Curtis & Jill Listz wan. Ashley Wolff Book Signing too! 

Free gift wrap for in-gallery purchases and Free hot mulled cider!
10" x 10" square art creations  on canvas, ceramic, & glass.
 H and made Xmas Ornaments! "Priced for holiday giving!"
7 Center Street-  802-247-4956    Open 7 days/week throughout December


It's here!!!  Shop and SAVE!
Shop and WIN!

The Downtown Brandon Alliance, Brandon Chamber of Commerce and the Town of Brandon are proud to present this "get out to shop" program to bring all our friends and neighbors into our local businesses. There will be wallet sized cards that can be marked with a punch that is unique to each business. After your purchase of $10.00 or more the clerk will punch your card! It's that EASY! So get your cards at our local businesses and start saving money and maybe win some too!   

START USING YOUR CARDS!! Someone will be cashing a check for $2019.07 right after the new year!!  That could be YOU.

Brandon Town Hall

Scentsy, with Ann Marie Blake
Pink Zebra with Becky Bruce
Caitlyn Curtis with Paparazzi
Courtney Daubenspeck with 31 Bags
Heather LaPorte with Sew Baby Soft
Hazel Griffin Wine Shop at Home
Heather Mattison with Discovery Toys
Kate Patten Lipsense
Kellie Martin LuLaRoe
Kelly Boynton Lilla Rose Hair Adornments
Mary Mackay Pampered Chef
Stacey Freegard Jewelry
Stacey Mohan- Staceys Cinnamon Rolls and more
Stephanie Larsen- Art
Tor Keyes- Transmaille Jewwelry
Fred Putnam- Busy Bee Honey
Judy Bunde- Fancy Decorated cookies from the Inn on Park St
Silent Auction with over 50 items
Raffle for Luvabella Doll
Kayla Emerson Color Street
2.5 Stories of shopping! Food available, comfy chairs to sit and relax in, wrapping service, music, joy! Join the fun!

WINNERS for 2018!!
Thanks to everyone who called in nominations for the Christmas Decorating Contest.
We only had a few folks call in their own places, but the judges were also at liberty to select any display that caught their eye as they toured around town! Next year, be sure to let us know if you want to be included.
There are lots of pretty lights around town, so slow down a moment during this busy time and take a moonlit drive and enjoy the beauty, time and effort that all our neighbors have put into their displays.

And the winners are!!!

* Residential Traditional
Triple K Farm at 433 Leicester Whiting Road
* Residential Whimsical-
Lynn & Roman Wdowiak- 59 Rydon Acres
* Civic 
Brandon Town Hall          
* Commercial
Brandon Lumber/Ace Hardware
(A special note from the judges. They also loved the little cluster of houses in the small development at Town Line Road on Rte 7. They made a very pretty grouping!)
Congratulations to all! The judges said there were many beautiful and fun homes to look at throughout the town. Thanks for your participation in making Brandon festive and fun for the holidays!
Happy, Happy Holidays to all and best wishes for a happy and healthy 2019!!
From all the members of the Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce


Please read this letter from Alison Walter, a friend and neighbor and daughter of Ellen Walter, part of our Chamber family.
"Hi Everyone, I am forwarding this along for my daughter. Please share! Thanks, Ellen"-Blue Moon

In 2014 I was diagnosed with a relatively rare kidney disease called IgA Nephropathy. This disease causes inflammation in the kidneys and over time decreases their ability to filter wastes out of the blood. IgA is a slowly progressing disease and is undetectable until it has reached an advanced stage. When I was diagnosed 4 years ago, I had 35% total kidney function. Even with aggressive treatment by my doctors at UVM Medical Center and the Mayo Clinic, my kidney function is now only at 16%. 
I have to find a kidney donor ASAP! It takes 5 years to get a kidney through the deceased donor program, and most people start dialysis at around 12%. That does not give me enough time to wait for a deceased donor kidney. 
Dialysis greatly limits life expectancy (most people don't live on dialysis for more than 3-5 years).  It greatly limits your life because you have to be in hospital receiving dialysis for 4 hours a day about three times a week, and it worsens your outcome once you get a transplant. Right now I am getting twice weekly steroid injections to try to delay dialysis as long as possible. I really need your help so I can find a kidney and continue my life with renewed energy!
You are qualified to donate if you are physically and mentally healthy and between the ages of 18 and 60. Studies show that kidney donation does not negatively affect your health. But the quality of the recipient's life is dramatically improved!  I am registered for transplant at both Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Mass. and the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Mn. My insurance covers all medical costs. There are grants to cover travel expenses, and we can set up a Go Fund Me to cover loss of income (many employers offer up to 30 days paid leave for organ donation) and hotel costs. 
If you are interested in giving me the gift of life, you can fill out a health questionnaire for whichever hospital is most convenient for you.  Please fill in Alison Walter as the recipient. Once you fill out the interesting questionnaire, a nurse from the hospital will contact you to go over your health screening. 
If you are approved, they will send you a blood typing kit in the mail. Once they determine that you would be the best potential donor, you will be called to schedule a time to do a complete medical screening at the hospital. 
The entire process is completely confidential, you can change your mind at any time, and I will have no idea if you have applied or what your status is unless you choose to tell me. Thank you. I am so grateful for your help. Please share!
More info available at: 
My contact info:

Live at Brandon Music, 
Swing Noire  
Saturday, January 12th, 7:30pm

Swing Noire invokes the energy of a swingin' jazz club, transporting audiences back to the early days of jazz with their unique take on Hot Swing, making music that "will entrance and surprise you." They evoke "images of smoky basement speakeasies and slinky cabarets," says Dan Bolles at Seven Days. The group is the perfect way for Brandon Music to start off their 2019 year of (almost) weekly concerts. Hear the group's great energy, soul, sophistication, and improvisation on January 12.
Whether it's called Gypsy Jazz, Hot Swing, Jazz Manouche, or any other idiom, over the last decade, Swing Noire has found their place in Vermont. "In a time when good jazz groups are hard to find, Swing Noire rises to the top as one of the best jazz groups playing around Burlington. ... Swing Noire brings you into those smoky clubs of days past, makes you feel jazz the way it was meant to be felt, full of emotion and energy."(Jennifer Crowell, First Night Burlington)

Violinist David Gusakov (Last Train to Zinkov, Vermont Symphony Orchestra, Pine Island), guitarist Rob McCuen (Bloodroot Gap, The Good Parts), and Jim McCuen (Bloodroot Gap, Bessette Quartet) on double bass, make up Vermont's hottest Hot Club style quartet. Swing Noire has performed at the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival, Burlington's First Night Celebration, the Middlebury Town Hall Theater, Chandler Center for the Arts in Randolph, and countless other venues throughout Vermont and New England.
Concert at 7:30pm. Concert tickets are $20. A pre-concert dinner is available for $25.  Reservations are required for dinner and recommended for the show.Venue is BYOB.
Call (802) 247-4295 or e-mail for reservations or for more information. Brandon Music is located at 62 Country Club Rd. Brandon, VT 05733

More Library News!! We need your help and input.

The Brandon Free Public library is much loved and used; it's time for some renewal.  The board is asking for community input on priorities and visions for the future of the library in our community.

On Thursday, January 24, 2019 please join us for a forum to consider and share ideas, big and small, that will help shape the direction of BFPL. We will have a short presentation of our vision for enhancing the accessibility and functionality of the building.  The forum will be held at Neshobe School gym, from 5:30 - 7:30 .  Childcare and pizza will be available. 

Please plan to join us, to help us better prepare the library to serve you!   January 24, 5:30 at Neshobe a Elementary School gym


Thank You for your continued support!

As my business approaches the 4 year mark, I've taken a bit of time to step back and take a look at the growth and changes.  Being a small business owner has up, downs and can go round and round.  It takes a lot of hard work, perseverance and determination to make it work.

I've had struggles over the years and with each one, I keep moving ahead.  I keep thinking about how much I love what I do (the actual hands-on service to my clients).  I have gotten to know many of you personally and professionally and because of you, I come in each and every day and provide you with a place to relax, gain perspective and for a little bit of time, encourage you to be all about YOU!

To show my thankfulness and gratitude to you all this holiday season, I am offering you a some special pricing on select service packages. 


Click here for some special holiday thank you offerings!                                            

Get it! 

OPERA at-a-glance: the latest exhibit at the Compass Music and Arts Center
  Did you know that opera singers are basically Olympic athletes?
An opera singer has to be able to sustain high notes over a long period of time while using their body to amplify a sound so that it can be heard over a full orchestra and do so without any microphones. Opera singers show us the loudest sounds and the highest pitches the human body can produce. It takes many years before someone can audition to be cast in a professional company. This is one of the facts you can discover by visiting the 'Opera at-a-glance' exhibit in the Compass Music and Arts Center.
The Center is also providing a listening room where visitors can relax and sample different operas and hear the astounding voices of such great opera singers as Luciano Pavarotti and Renée Fleming.
The history of recorded sound is a further strength of the Compass Center as it hosts the Phonograph Rooms. Part of the exhibit will be devoted to how recording helped to popularize opera for all to enjoy.  

The Compass Center is celebrating the world of opera with this exhibit to launch the

 collaboration between the Compass Music and Arts Foundation and BARN OPERA and its founder and artistic director Josh Collier who is an internationally acclaimed opera singer. Th
e Foundation, through the new BARN OPERA venture, is organizing performances of loved operas through 2018 and beyond.

The Compass Music and Arts Center is located in Park Village at 333 Jones Dr. Brandon VT, 05733 (Park Village used to be the Brandon Training School, located 1.5 miles north of   downtown Brandon off Arnold District Rd.). 

Pick up your hard hat!!
Great gifts !!!
Join in the fun, support the Downtown Brandon Alliance and Chamber as they help the businesses prosper through the construction AND win some money and great prizes!!
Stop in the town office and pick up your bright orange hard hat for only $5.00 and be eligible for our monthly $50.00 drawing in Brandon Green!! The drawings will be done throughout the Even BETTER Brandon construction project. We're working on lots of other ideas and functions to make use of your stylish hard hat!
Watch for more info on the super End-of Project prizes!


Compass Treasure Chest
Open every day!!

We're delighted to announce the Compass Treasure Chest! Run by a group of local residents, the store is a unique co-op consignment shop. They sell and consign collectables, antiques, dishes, tools, furniture, jewelry, stamps, puzzles, books, toys, art items and much more! They will always be looking for more items and of course, always receiving new items, so stop in frequently to see what is new.

For more information or to inquire about consigning with them, contact Annie at 802-558-2663 or email and follow them on Facebook.

Free online tech support!

This is why we love the Brandon area, and the folks who make up our Chamber of Commerce!
Many thanks to Greg Smela of "
Simple Systems of Vermont", a locally owned tech company. Greg will provide free online tech support for BACC members via an online support forum.

How does it work?

Easy! Current BACC members can sign up at You'll be prompted to create an account by entering your name, email address, company/organization name and phone number. Your account will be activated within a few hours and you'll receive instructions at the email address you provide. 

What do you get? Simple... free support. That means, if you have a computer or other tech-related question you can post it in the forum and expect to receive an answer generally within 24 hours (but most likely much sooner). What kind of support is provided? We'll assist with hardware and software support and advice. Are you having a problem deciding on what hardware might work for your business or what software application will do the job? Post away and we'll help you.
What isn't covered: Telephone or email support. We can't answer your individual questions by email or phone as we are a business too and need to earn our keep! We also can't help your Aunt Ida or your friends, kids, pets, etc., but we hope this free service will help you deal with the small problems you may face from day to day.

We ask that you limit participation to one account per BACC membership. We are providing this for current BACC members as a way to help support our wonderful Brandon community.
                    Many thanks Greg!!
Celebrate the good life with Brandon's own award-winning beer and wine.
Brandon's home grown beers and wines!

Foley Brothers Brewing and Neshobe River Winery's tasting barn is open Wednesday through Saturday 11 to 5. Tasting flights, growler fills, bottles, and a country setting await you. Bring your friends or make some new ones here!

Others drive hundreds of miles to enjoy the beer that's right in your back yard! Come visit us today.
And don't forget, you can rent our tasting barn for private parties and special events.
 Follow us on Facebook and don't miss our latest release.
 Now open Sundays 11-4:00 !!
Read a great little review from a Woodstock B&B blog here!
  Foley Brothers Brewing
Neshobe River Winery
Inn At Neshobe River
79 Stone Mill Dam Rd.   247-8002

Call for Exhibit Proposals at the Compass Music and Arts Center
Compass is seeking innovative work for solo and/or group exhibits from artists working in a variety of media.

Curators and both emerging and established artists are encouraged to apply. Site-specific work/installations will also be considered. This is a rolling open call for exhibits.
  A variety of exhibit spaces are available, giving flexibility to artists for the scope of their vision and needs.
  Further information, including a sample exhibit contract and submission guidelines, can be found at
  Compass is a multi-faceted arts center with many components drawing visitors through its doors, including artist studios, gift shops, a consignment shop, music, a café, and a variety of events. Located in Brandon, Vermont it is also in the heart of a pulsing arts community.
  The Compass Music and Arts Center is located in Park Village at 333 Jones Drive, Brandon VT, 05733 (Park Village used to be the Brandon Training School, located 1.5 miles north of downtown Brandon off Arnold District Rd.).

Studio and Gallery Spaces available to rent now at the Compass Center


Calling all artists in all disciplines! Have you ever dreamed of creating and working in a supportive environment with other artists? A place where there is space for artists to create, display and sell their work, provide classes, meet with colleagues and have access to a café and other amenities.  Compass Music and Arts Center is such a place. For more information and to schedule a visit, call Edna Sutton at 802-247-4295.  Very reasonable rates starting from $170 per month inclusive of all utilities.  Short leases available.
Compass Music and Arts Center 333 Jones Drive, Park Village, Brandon, VT.

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Chamber "dollars"- a refresher course!

Every now and then I think it's important to
remind those of us who have been taking Brandon Green for years, and new businesses that have joined the Chamber, about the process for handling the certificates.
The $5.00, $20.00 and $25.00 certificates are legal tender and handled just like a check. You take the Brandon Green and give your customer change back, just like cash or a check. Then you deposit the Brandon Green into your account, just like a check. Simple and supportive of all our members.
Click here for more info on our popular Brandon Green

Vermont Association of Chamber Executives
Insurance program offerings for Chamber members.
VACE health insurance program is back! Watch for a newsletter for more info and a meeting date to go over the plans. Other products still offered through VACE include, Dental and Vision packages.
M ore information on all of these products can be found at
Or contact Holden Financial Services a division of the Richards Group (802) 775-2503 

Next Chamber Meeting-
Monday, January 21st, 2019 will be our next meeting!  6:30pm
The third Monday of the month.

The Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors will meet at 6:30pm in the Cliver Room at the Stephen A Douglas Birthplace. Chamber membership
and the general public are invited to attend.