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Montpelier’s BIPOC female-led small businesses

Mar 29 2024

There is so much that can be highlighted about Montpelier’s female community leaders and small business owners that one can create a whole series on the topic (and we just may do so!).    By providing opportunities for wealth creation and economic advancement in minority communities, BIPOC businesses play a critical role in bridging the economic divide which in the long-term, contributes to a more equitable and just society. There are a plethora of amazing female-owned or led businesses in Montpelier to choose from, but to wrap up this Woman’s History Month, we are proud to feature a few of the BIPOC

Member Highlight: Emerge with Amy LePage

Mar 20 2024

  Tell us about Emerge with Amy LePage’s offerings: First off, I’m excited to be in my new office/studio space right downtown at 15 State St. (shared with The Everything Space). I hope you’ll join me at my Open House for Free Classes, snacks & tea, and raffles. It’s this Sunday, March 24th from 1:30 - 7:15 pm. Here’s class times and “stop by & say hi” times.   All of my offerings involve guiding people to better understand their body and nervous systems while they move, breathe, interact, respond and navigate life’s moments and world around them.    I have two main focal points of

Member Highlight: Kim Bent and Kathleen Keenan at Lost Nation Theater

Mar 13 2024

How did Lost Nation Theater get started in Montpelier, and what motivates you to create your annual programs at City Hall?   Lost Nation Theater incorporated as a professional non-profit Vermont theater company in Bristol, Vermont, in 1977, when 6th generation Vermonter and Founding Artistic Director Kim Bent came back home for the 5th time and made peace with the idea that if he wanted to make Theater his life’s work, he would have to do it in Vermont because that’s where his heart was! LNT started out as a touring company dedicated to the creation of exclusively original work, so we relocated

Member Highlight - Chris McDonald at Capital Kitchen

Mar 05 2024

Tell us a bit about Capital Kitchen and how you came to own the store. 

I had known Jess Turner, the former owner, for years when I heard that she was ready to move on. I have to admit I had been eying the shop for quite some time--I love anything food related, so much so that it became a running joke at Bear Pond Books, my previous gig, that food was all I ever talked about. While Bear Pond was a fantastic place to work for my roughly 20 year tenure there, I was ready for a project entirely my own. So I approached Jess about buying Capital Kitchen and she was immediately receptive. We started the process in summer of 2021 and she turned over the keys at the end of the following March. Both she and Northfield Saving Bank, from which we secured the loan, were an absolute dream to deal with.

Celebrate the total eclipse in downtown Montpelier!

Mar 05 2024

April isn't the most popular in Vermont...but it's full of hidden surprises. This year, thousands are expected to descend upon Montpelier for the once in a lifetime total eclipse on April 8th. The last time the Green Mountain State was in the path of totality was 1932; it won't happen again until 2106!   Downtown businesses are excited to have this boost of visitors. One of Montpelier's biggest assets is its compact, walkable downtown, with a unique mix of locally-owned and truly delicious cafes and restaurants, as well as shops, movie theaters, and the beautiful State Capitol building. Not to mention the