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Blessings all around.

by Nancy Humphrey Case


 Build, remodel, and decorate with tips from local experts. compiled by mary gow

76 Weekend in Paris 

A great way to celebrate a 50th birthday. by lisa densmore



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 ealth & Wellness H Nutrition can enhance brainpower.

18  Art Scene First Friday Art Walk. by lori ferguson


22  What’s in Store Ecco Boutique celebrates 20 years. by sarah tuff



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90  Get Smart Vermont Custom Closets. by sarah zobel


In the Kitchen A lazy springtime brunch. by susan nye


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Spring Inspiration

With longer days and warmer sunshine arriving, I’ve been inspired to clean out every closet and drawer in sight. I even went so far as to attack my basement, which has been a maze of boxes, Christmas decorations, and silk flower arrangements for several years. I felt completely liberated after dropping off my second Jeep load of accumulated stuff at the Goodwill store. Upon further reflection, I came to the realization that perhaps my deep-seated fear of one day being featured on the television program Hoarders spurred me into action—that and the realization that my kids really do not want most of my old stuff. I may be attached to my strange assortment of odds and ends—the dress I wore to lunch with my mom, the pair of black silk pumps (with a broken heel) I wore to see the Boston Pops for the first time. Really! Why am I keeping shoes with a broken heel? Sentimental value, of course, has always been my answer. But in the end, I’m proud of myself for taking the leap and clearing out so many items I no longer use—some perfectly good ones included. Now there’s so much space in my basement I can’t wait to fill it again with all those treasures I find at spring yard sales and auctions! If the arrival of spring motivates you to spruce up your house, you’ll find lots of valuable information in our special Trend Watch section beginning on page 37. Area builders, architects, landscape and interior designers, and more are sharing their knowledge and opinions on the best new ideas for your home. If you’re thinking about a major renovation, many talented experts are available to help you plan, design, and build the kitchen, bath, family room, or patio of your dreams. If a large project isn’t on the horizon for this year, consider updating your kitchen sink and faucet and your cabinet hardware. Brighten a room with a new paint color or introduce a pop of color with throw pillows. Even small changes can have a big impact. While you’re welcoming the new season, be sure to visit our website at www.bestofbur for additional content, subscription information, and more, and “Like” us on Facebook. Enjoy!

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Contributors Nancy Humphrey Case

Lisa Densmore

Nancy is a contributor for The Christian Science Monitor and has been published in a variety of publications, including Northern Woodlands, Chicago Tribune, Mothering, and Cricket. She enjoys writing about Vermont’s landscape and culture, planning the next project at her home in Hyde Park, and riding her horses in the woods.

An accomplished writer and photographer, she contributes regularly to over 30 regional and national magazines on various backcountry, adventure travel, nature, and wildlife topics. She has written seven books, including Best Hikes with Dogs: New Hampshire and Vermont and Hiking the Green Mountains. She also blogs and vlogs regularly for AudubonGuides. com.

Lori Ferguson

Mary Gow

Lori is an art historian and principal of In-Your-Words Consulting in southern New Hampshire. She is also the executive director of the New Hampshire Furniture Masters. She enjoys the arts and the great outdoors.

Journalist and freelance writer Mary Gow is always inspired and impressed by the creativity and talent of our Vermont community. Compiling Trend Watch, she heard about exciting trends and projects from local landscape architects, interior designers, and other home design experts. An arts correspondent for the Times Argus, she also writes regularly for regional magazines.

Mike Morin

Natalie Stultz

Mike is a 41-year radio and TV personality who has worked in New York City and Boston, and currently co-hosts New Hampshire in the Morning on WZID-FM in Manchester. In addition to his regular humor column in the Nashua Telegraph, he serves as the celebrity chef writer for Northeast FLAVOR magazine and has written for the Boston Globe, Chicken Soup for the Soul books.

Natalie is a native Vermonter whose colorful photographs tell stories about people in the performing, visual, and culinary arts, farmers and the farm-to-table movement, entrepreneurs of all kinds, and the natural landscapes that inspire them. Her work appears in national publications, websites, and advertising.


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Vermont Maple Festival During the last weekend in April, head to St. Albans for the 47th annual Vermont Maple Festival. An antique show, a carnival, maple cooking demonstrations, sugarhouse tours, a Sap Run Road Race, and a parade are just a few of the attractions scheduled throughout the weekend. 12

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Grand Isle Art Works and Café at the Gallery Located in a 1797 Vermont Champlain Island farmhouse is Grand Isle Art Works Gallery, which displays the work of 65+ Vermont artists and artisans, including fine art, pottery, wood, sculpture, jewelry, blown glass, wrought iron, stained glass, Vermont products, furniture, and more. The Café at the Gallery offers midday comfort food, a Sunday champagne brunch, and Thursday evening themed dinners. Menus feature local produce and island-raised meats. Summertime special events include participation in Vermont Craft Council’s Open Studio over Memorial Day Weekend, the Discover the Heart of the Islands Open Farm and Studio Tour on July 13 and 14, and the Trunk Show and Sale during the Festival of the Islands on July 27 and 28. For information, visit www. or call (802) 378-4591.

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Nutrition can enhance brainpower You know you have to feed your body, but did you know you also need to feed your brain?

Omega-3 Fatty Acids Scientific evidence suggests that omega-3 fatty acids are beneficial for brain health and cognition. Fish, especially cold-water fatty fish such as salmon, tuna, halibut, trout, mackerel, sardines, and herring, is a rich source of omega 3s. If you’re not a fan of fish, consider fish oil supplements. You can also get omega 3s from walnuts, ground flaxseed, flaxseed oil, pumpkin seeds, and soybeans. Fruits and Vegetables Produce is packed with antioxidants, substances that protect your cells from free radical damage. Colorful fruits and vegetables also provide a host of vitamins, minerals, and plant chemicals that promote good health. Eat a wide range of several colors weekly to gain the most benefit.

Green Tea Among many other benefits, regular consumption of green tea may enhance memory and mental alertness and slow brain aging.

Red Wine In moderation (one glass a day for women and two for men), alcohol may actually improve cognition. Red wine is rich in resveratrol, a flavonoid that boosts blood flow in the brain and reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Other resveratrol-packed options include grape juice, cranberry juice, fresh grapes and berries, and peanuts. w 16


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where art and community meet Should you be fortunate enough to find yourself in Burlington on the first Friday of the month, prepare for an arts awakening. Year-round, between 5 and 8pm, the city hosts First Friday Art Walk, a community arts event that typically involves 30 to 35 venues in any given month and encompasses neighborhoods across the city. “I’ve been to First Fridays before,” you may think to yourself. “What makes Burlington’s any different?” Ahh . . . where to begin? 4 Home of the Wing Gallery at Main Street Landing on the Waterfront.


Top row, from left: First Friday Art Walk logo. SPACE Gallery in South Burlington. Mural above Red Square in Burlington. Below, from left: First Friday Art Walkers in front of Amy E. Tarrant Gallery. Art Is everywhere: Mermaid House by Leslie Fry in Burlington’s Old North End.

“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” –Pablo Picasso

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A Diversity of Artists and Venues “A big part of what makes Burlington’s First Friday Art Walk unusual is its scale and variety,” explains Ric Kasini Kadour, owner of Kasini House and Art Walk producer. “In many cities, art walks occur in a single neighborhood, typically the gallery district. But in Burlington, there’s art being exhibited in all sorts of spaces, and they’re almost always ‘hybrid’ spaces. You can find art exhibited in a working studio, a coffee shop, a clothing store, or a jewelry store—really, the only sort of ‘traditional white-box display space’ for art among our venues is Burlington City Arts on Church Street Marketplace.” Viewing art in Burlington is, in many respects, a scavenger hunt, Kadour admits with a chuckle. The diversity in both artists and venues is incredible, and each month art lovers can have a different experience, exploring downtown’s offerings one time and the South End, the Waterfront, or the Old North End another. “In Burlington, art is 20

Top row, from left: First Friday Art Walkers listen to an artist talk at Amy E. Tarrant Gallery. Wall of art at Speaking Volumes. Opposite, bottom: Painting by James Vogler at Left Bank.

woven into the fabric of where people live, work, and play,” Kadour asserts. “It’s part of everyday life here.” The focus of First Friday Art Walk is the visual arts—painting, photography, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics—and the emphasis is on accessibility. There are no barriers to participation— everything is free and open to the public, from the venues themselves to Art Map Burlington, a publication produced by Kasini House (Kadour’s creative production company) that showcases the art and artists on display each month. In addition to the art exhibited, many venues also offer special activities including receptions, live music, artists’ demonstrations, and special screenings.

“Art Happens Differently Here” When Kadour and his company took over the production of First Friday Art Walk in 2006, among the first changes made were to expand the event to a year-round offering and involve venues throughout the city. In the intervening years, Kadour observes, one of the biggest ongoing chal-

lenges has been to convince people to think about art in a new way. “As a rule,” Kadour observes, “people tend to think about art in one of two ways: as art you visit at festivals or in big museums, or as art you own. Vermont artists are pretty practical; they tend to make art that fits in your home.” And the art they make is really amazing, Kadour asserts—smaller scale, accessible, and often quite fun. The key to enjoying and fully appreciating the rich variety of Burlington’s visual arts community, he says, lies in adjusting your expectations and in many ways embracing a more intimate conception of art, both in scale and in creation. “Art happens differently here,” Kadour concludes. “That’s one of the things that makes Vermont special and unique. First Friday Art Walks are a vessel for the art. People in Burlington are very friendly and approachable, and the artists are enthusiastic and engaged. Anyone seeking entrée into the arts world, which can be a bit daunting in some locales, will find a very easy landing in Burlington.” w

Wing Gallery at Main Street Landing.

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the first signs of spring are the crocuses or the steam curling from sugarhouse chimneys. For fashion-savvy consumers, however, spring comes earlier, in the form of slinky Michael Stars tees and velvet camis at Church Street Marketplace’s Ecco Boutique. And thanks to its long-standing presence in the Burlington shopping district, Ecco is just as reliable as spring flowers and maple syrup when it comes to announcing the new season. Established in September 1992 by UVM grad Lara Heath Allen, the clothing store just celebrated its 20th anniversary, and Ecco’s offerings might just be the best cure for mud season. “I’m blessed—something must be drawing people here versus online,” confesses Allen, who founded Ecco shortly after graduation and fulfilled a dream to work at a high-end boutique. “I just loved clothes,” she says. “I had no business experience; I was an English major and art history minor. It was really just trial and error.”

Fashion Forward Originally based on College Street, Ecco (Italian for “here it is,” like voilà in French) would see the arrival of UPS drivers loaded down with boxes of clothing and told to return later in the day for cash on delivery, when Allen had sold the brand-new pieces. “Things were really tight at first,” she says. “But I was doing pretty well. I wasn’t blind, I was just naïve.” 4

Right: Shelby Gillespie, owner Lara Heath Allen, and manager Marissa Stokes with shoes and bags. Opposite: Marissa offers Citizens of Humanity jeans, a top seller.



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In fact, Allen had a sharp eye for what trends would take off and for what a new storefront on Church Street would do for the fledgling business. The rent was higher, but Ecco made it back in the first day in its new location (which would eventually give way to its current location farther south on the pedestrian marketplace, which Ecco has occupied for the past four years). The next big milestone came along around the year 2000, when Allen decided to sell denim just as the demand for a new generation of designer jeans was taking off. “I was nervous; I think we were selling

Above: Marissa models new spring styles. Right: Shelby wears a spring blouse that exemplifies the Ecco style.


Today, Ecco is one of the biggest sellers of jeans in the country.

d Diesel, and I said, ‘Who in Burlington is going to buy jeans for $100?’” she recalls. Well, a lot of people, as it turned out. “They blew out,” says Allen of the pricey pants. “Then we got into 7 For All Mankind, Humanity . . . just one after another.” Today, Ecco sells in denim what the entire store used to sell and is one of the biggest sellers of jeans in the country. What’s hot for spring? Colored and printed jeans, for one; some labels are coming back into vogue. “It’s funny; they go in cycles,” says Allen. “A few that have been around for a while are hot again, like Paige. There’s also DL 1961, which has a four-way stretch that doesn’t bag out, plus AG, J Brand . . . if something isn’t strong, we don’t keep it.”

Spreading the Word The jeans and other fashions are also evolving to reflect the changing and maturing tastes of Ecco’s customer base. Low-rise and super-skinny jeans don’t cut it for some women who have been shopping here since Allen opened her doors. And that ritual of spring, prom, now sees more sophisticated offerings on the rack. “Our customer really has Spring 2013 / Best of Burlington


“I believe very much in the downtown and in growing the downtown.”


Right: Colorful choices for the season. Below: Owner Lara Heath Allen.

become a mom or a woman with a career,” says Allen, herself a mother of two young boys, adding that shoppers are a good balance of regular clients and walk-in tourists. “If anybody comes to Burlington, they come to Church Street, so we’re in a great position.” Though Allen says Ecco is “kind of a girlie store,” there’s menswear too. “It’s basically a denim department,” she says. “Once they get that first pair, they’re hooked, and they’re coming in here all the time.” Several celebrities, including musician Grace Potter (whose alterations on a sparkly dress earned major press), Miss Vermont, and actresses Susan Sarandon, Felicity Huffman, and Cindy Busby have shopped at Ecco. Thanks to a spacious dressingroom area and a strong customer-service team, however, the royal treatment at this Queen City emporium is not just for famous names. “I couldn’t do this without my staff,” says Allen, who leaves her team about once a month to attend fashion shows in New York City. That doesn’t include a lot of shopping for herself. “I can’t really shop,” admits 26

Allen. “If I wear anything from anywhere else, people are like, ‘Do you have that in the store?’” If so, chances are it will fly out quickly. Allen reports having little inventory left at the end of each season; the remnants of a trend are donated to a charity such as the Clothes Exchange. Allen stands committed to giving back to the community, whether that’s donating gift certificates to silent auctions or spreading the word about the benefits of Burlington. “I believe very much in the downtown and in growing the downtown,” says Allen, who serves on the board of the Church Street Marketplace. “There’s nowhere I’d rather be.” w

Ecco Boutique 81 Church Street Burlington, VT (802) 860-2220 Spring 2013 / Best of Burlington


Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity blessings all around


Twenty years ago, Gil Rodes had just retired from

his job as an engineering manager at IBM and was looking for something worthwhile to do with his time. His wife spotted a notice in a newspaper about a Habitat for Humanity construction meeting and suggested he go. Gil still remembers that meeting at the Burlington library, held for the purpose of planning the construction of a house in Huntington Center. 4 Above: Long-standing Habitat volunteer Ron Reynolds (left) teaches a new volunteer how to install siding. He leads dozens of crews each summer and fall to build perpetually affordable homes in our region. Opposite page: A volunteer team paints Habitat’s Passive Home Project house. This award-winning demonstration homebuilding project completed last year created the most energyefficient homes in New England and trained Habitat volunteers in the latest energy-efficient techniques to apply to future homes.


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“There were four of us in the room,” he recalls. “One said, ‘I’ll take care of the electrical.’ Another said, ‘I’ll take care of the plumbing.’ The third guy said, ‘I’ll put up the shell.’ Then they looked at me and said, ‘I guess that leaves you with everything else.’” Gil said he’d need help, but he agreed to take on the job. Today he is still with the mainly volunteer organization, one of eight retired gentlemen who “have a lot of fun” working as a team to spearhead the building of simple, affordable housing for needy families in northwestern Vermont.

One Home at a Time The concept, hatched in Georgia in 1976, is elegant in its simplicity: Help create a world where everyone has a decent place to live, one construction project at a time. Use donations to buy materials and volunteer labor to keep costs


Top row, from left: Green Mountain Habitat’s first development in Milton created five energy-efficient ranch-style homes. Similar simple designs will be used for their 2013 Albert’s Way neighborhood. These perpetually affordable homes will be surrounded by Habitat’s first land conservation partnership with Vermont’s River Conservancy. Habitat volunteers come from all walks of life, from the highly skilled installing roof trusses to groups of co-workers from Lowe’s and Allscripts who participate in our Bring It Home challenge.

down, then sell the house to a capital-poor family at cost (typically about half of market value) and finance it at zero percent interest. Use that family’s mortgage payments to fund the next project. And so on. Today, Habitat for Humanity is a thriving international organization and the sixth-largest homebuilder in the United States. The Green Mountain Affiliate of Habitat for Humanity, founded in 1984, builds three houses each year in Chittenden County and more through its two chapters, one in Lamoille County and the other in Franklin County/Grand Isle. It receives no funding from HH International, operating solely on local money—private donations, corporate grants, and discounts on materials by local suppliers. Its small staff of three paid employees keeps overhead to a minimum. Volunteers Habitat’s Women Build team carries the first window frame constructed for a duplex in Winooski. Women Build is a national program of Habitat for Humanity in partnership with Lowe’s to empower women to volunteer to build homes.

Habitat homeowners actively participate in building their homes, investing 200 to 400 hours of sweat equity. Seen here are the future homeowners of the Passive Home Project, who broke ground with dozens of well-wishers and family.

power the organization, both on the construction site and behind the scenes. People of all ages volunteer for one day or for weeks on end, doing everything from swinging a hammer to baking snacks for volunteers to writing grants. Corporations such as IBM and Allscripts regularly pay employees to work on HH projects for a day or two, not only as a gift to the community but also because of the team building such an endeavor develops among employees. A typical home-building project involves about 400 volunteers over the course of the project. 4 Spring 2013 / Best of Burlington


M Roof trusses are craned into place on Habitat’s 2012 building site in Winooski.

Building Homes, Building Communities Most recently, GMHH completed a duplex in Winooski in collaboration with the Champlain Housing Trust. “There was a two-family apartment house on the site that had been empty for two years because it was deemed unsafe,” says David Mullin, Executive Director of GMHH. “Champlain Housing Trust came to us and said, ‘We own this place. If we donate it to Habitat for Humanity, could you rebuild it and keep it affordable?’” The project proved to be a win-win situation—for GMHH, CHT, and for the community, which benefits from the stability of increased home ownership. “Home ownership creates a sense of commitment to community,” David Mullin says, adding that very few of GMHH’s “partner families” ever move out of their homes. “Because they helped build it, they have a stronger connection to their home than most people do,” he says. Families selected for HH homes are required to log 400 hours of sweat equity on the

Habitat ReStore Manager Jonathon Goldhammer and Board Member Julie Pierson were all smiles at the grand opening of this new social enterprise. Proceeds from reselling used (and some new) building materials, appliances, furniture, and home goods will fund new Habitat homes.


Young workers enjoying volunteering.

construction site, and this fosters the family’s “buy-in” and strengthens their roots. “It changes the trajectory of a family,” Mullin says. “It gives them hope. And it’s exciting to see how responsible they are. We have a very, very good record of families making their mortgage payments.”

The American Dream Sarah Orndorff knows all this—mind, muscle, and soul. Seven years ago she and her husband Chris found that buying a house through conventional means just wasn’t an option. Sarah wanted to be home with the couple’s three young sons, and although Chris worked two jobs, they could not qualify for even affordable housing programs. Then they learned of an informational meeting of GMHH and eventually applied and were approved for a home. Sarah recalls the first day on the site, when WOKO did a live broadcast of the July event. “It was 98 degrees and we were shoveling stone for the foundation when a Coca-Cola rep showed up with free soda and water for everyone.” 4 Spring 2013 / Best of Burlington



“It was an amazing process,” Sarah goes on, “to stand there and be overwhelmed by all these strangers who have come to help you build your house.” Volunteers built the Orndorffs a three-bedroom, one-bath, 1,100-square-foot ranch-style home, one of eight units at the end of Venus Avenue provided by HH in collaboration with the Burlington Housing Authority. When the house was finished, they held a dedication ceremony, complete with a house blessing by a local clergyman. Habitat for Humanity has Christian roots, although it provides housing for people of all faiths and cultures. Today Sarah works part time as a substitute teacher in Burlington’s elementary schools, Chris works one job at Country Home Products’ manufacturing plant in Winooski, and their three boys enjoy the family’s own backyard near the end of the dead-end street. “It’s part of the American dream,” Sarah says, “to have a house that’s yours, and to be able to put down roots in the community.” Her voice breaks. “I still get emotional talking about it.” GMHH is now gearing up to build five homes on Albert’s Way in Charlotte this spring. It will be the largest HH project in northwestern Vermont to date. Funding for this project has been enhanced by a new development throughout the US—a chain of HH-owned stores selling donated building materials, furniture, and appliances. The Chittenden County ReStore is located at 528 Essex Road in Williston (see Although it


Gil Rodes (front row, far right) and the “retiree crew” stop to pose for a photo. Under the leadership of Ron Reynolds (standing in doorway), this team has spearheaded several Habitat homes to completion.

just opened in September, it has received such a volume of donations and business that David Mullin predicts GMHH will have enough funds from this source alone to build another home within 12 months. Meanwhile, Gil Rodes and his fellow volunteers continue to explore ways to improve the quality and energy efficiency of the homes they build, while keeping them simple and affordable. His work for GMHH has not only kept him well occupied in retirement, it has given him camaraderie, a stronger connection to the community, and a deep feeling of satisfaction. “Most (HH) families are incredibly grateful,” he says. “They know they’ll never have another opportunity like this again.” It’s blessings all around. w

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oin us to tour some of the latest trends in home design. From small changes with big results— perfect throw pillows or a fresh new paint color—to renovation and even new “zero-energy” houses, local professionals have the knowledge, experience, and advice to help you create your ideal home.

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“Our houses continue to be places of shelter and comfort. There is romance in the making of a fine and well-placed house that has naturally emerged from its setting. That need will never disappear . . . our souls require it.” Rolf Kielman, AIA, LEED AP, Partner, TruexCullins Name, Company Name

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ere in the Northeast, our homes have especially close ties to our environment. We live with the seasons and the magnificence of the natural world around us. Creating beautiful spaces for our daily lives and enhancing our relationships with the place we live are prominent trends in the latest home design. With greater energy efficiency, we live more comfortably and with less expense in winter’s cold and summer’s heat.

ENERGY EFFICIENCY “The trend for energy efficiency in homes continues as people express their interest in conserving resources and future energy costs,” says Chad Forcier, project manager for Cushman Design Group in Stowe. “Technologies that are growing in popularity are increasing insulation levels, air-tight construction practices (and testing), triple-glazed windows, efficient heating and cooling mechanical systems, and energy-efficient lighting, especially LED lighting.”

“There’s a major trend toward making the exterior of the home maintenance free with new products,” says Jim Carroll of Rice Lumber. “New PVC trim, decks, siding, and exterior clad windows are all low maintenance.” Jim Carroll, Rice Lumber Spring 2013 / Best of Burlington 39

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f you’re thinking about doing something to your home, as a family, put your ideas on paper,” advises Cliff Deetjen of Peregrine Design/Build. Cliff has been honored as the Remodeler of the Year 2012 by the Home Builders and Remodelers Association of Northern Vermont. Cliff continues, “List the things you love about your house and the things you want to change. Form a list of ‘needs and wants,’ try to prioritize those items, and go for it! We hear so many people say after finishing a project, ‘I wish I’d done it five years ago!’ Find someone you can trust to evaluate your list and help you understand the different processes of design and remodeling. Be honest about what feels right. Share your dreams; they might be more attainable than you think!”


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DID YOU KNOW? According to Lee Grutchfield, partner at TruexCullins, “The notion of houses that can create as much energy as they use is very exciting. These are known as ‘net-zero’ houses. I think it is definitely a growing trend, and will continue to be so.”

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hether you’re building a new home or remodeling your current one, be sure your plans include large, energy-efficient windows to bring the outdoors in. Natural light enhances any room and lifts your spirits, and if you are fortunate enough to have a gorgeous view, take advantage of it in every season.


Custom built-ins can turn a small space into a dazzling, functional area. Natural finishes and a neutral paint color come to life with crisp white shelves, drawers, and trim.

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he beauty of natural wood in homes will always be in style, as will fine workmanship. Chris Quinn of Red House says, “Contemporary clean lines of cabinetry, trim elements, and architectural millwork continue to gain popularity. Often this is emphasized with striking wood patterns and veneers to create showpiece elements in living spaces.� 44

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DESIGN INSPIRATION “From the perspective of architectural style, the access to inspiration has become more available as people use resources like Houzz, Pinterest, and other media, both online and print,” says Chad Forcier of Cushman Design Group. “People are using this access to express their creativity and individuality, which dovetails beautifully with our design philosophy. We believe in treating each project as a unique opportunity to help people achieve their dreams and define their personal style.” COURTESY OF cushman design group, photo by susan teare

“The fireplace is traditionally the heart of the home. There are so many nice products now with gas inserts as well as wood-burning inserts.” Cliff Deetjen, Peregrine Design/Build

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I WHAT’S HOT? Decorative range hoods seem to be all the rage. Besides stainless steel, this year’s popular versions are made of cast stone, copper, or wood, and they’re becoming the focal point of the modern kitchen.


t’s a well-known fact— everyone always gathers in the kitchen, so make yours function the way you want it to, and make it beautiful. An experienced designer can best map out your space to include the elements your family wants and needs: a center island, a computer desk, cookbook storage, slide-out drawers for pots and pans, and cabinet doors or panels that hide appliances. Consider small built-ins in the island or peninsula, such as mini refrigerators, trash compactors, wine coolers, and microwaves. There’s no doubt that the kitchen is the most active room in the house; design it to work for the way your family uses it.

“Kitchen styles are spanning traditional and contemporary styles with very clean transitional lines of cabinetry. [People are also choosing] really fine hardware and drawer pulls.� Cliff Deetjen, Peregrine Design/Build

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uilders and designers agree on the most important aspect of the kitchen: Don’t skimp on cabinets. You’ll never be sorry for paying more to get high quality. You want your cabinets to withstand at least 20 years’ worth of daily use, so spend as much as your budget will allow and invest in the best you can afford.

Lighting design plays an important part in the look and functionality of your new kitchen. A combination of recessed lights, under-cabinet work surface lights, beautiful pendants over the island, and lighted range hood work together to create a warm, beautiful space while providing the illumination you need. Photos courtesy of cushman design group by susan teare


GO FOR A PRO “Hire an architect, kitchen designer, or general contractor for projects beyond your skill set. The pros will do the legwork for you, and the money they save by keeping you from costly mistakes could more than make up for their fees,� says Better Homes and Gardens.

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STREAMLINED DESIGN Poorly organized bathroom vanities are a distant memory. Today’s vanities feature clean lines, internal shelves that pull out like drawers, and divided drawers for smarter storage. Consider a wallmounted vanity to make your space seem larger and less cluttered.



ransform your bathroom into a spa retreat with natural materials. Wood and stone provide a neutral color scheme as well as beautiful textures. Let wood grains and striking patterns in granite, marble, quartz, or slate envelop you in comfort and luxury. Shades of light cream and white, beige, tan, gray, and brown continue to be the trend for 2013.

“We’re seeing a lot of bathroom updates as well as construction of additional bathrooms in existing homes.” Sam Gervais, Prime Renovation Group

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or a clean, uncluttered look, consider wall-hung fixtures. Frank DeAngelis of Close to Home says, “Wall-hung toilets and sinks have been popular in European countries for many years, and they are gaining in popularity here. They give the bathroom a cleaner look because they allow the floor to remain open and uncluttered.�


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BEAUTIFUL BATHING “The Cabrits, a new freestanding tub by Victoria and Albert, is spectacular,” says Frank DeAngelis of Close to Home. “It has been winning all kinds of awards. It is very sculptural, shaped almost like a woman’s shoe, and is made of volcanic limestone, which is very good for heat retention. Think of how a rock in the sun stays hot; a stone tub has that same quality. These tubs are also very durable.”


“A wall-hung toilet doesn’t stand out as far because the tank is inside the wall. These toilets can also be set at whatever height you want.” Frank DeAngelis, Close to Home

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oday’s look for bathrooms is simplicity and elegance. If you’re updating your bathroom, imagine a luxurious spa where you can feel pampered. A neutral color palette provides an environment for quiet relaxation. If you’re thinking of putting your house on the market, Tami Gaudreau Esbjerg of

Furniture World shares some valuable tips when showing your home. “Kitchens and baths should be the focus. Clear all clutter from countertops. Baths should be clutter free and neutral or a very light shade of color. Use texture like rolled towels (always in white or cream) and glass pieces with various soaps.”

“Custom tile showers are trending right now. These showers often include accent tiles to spice them up visually. Clients are making smart choices in products and are opting for quality over glitz.” Sam Gervais, Prime Renovation Group

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hades, blinds, draperies, valances, sheers—so many choices! How does a person decide? Turn to the people in the know for help. Gordon Clements of Gordon’s Window Decor in Williston says, “If you’re making one improvement this year, look to your windows. Light is one of the most important aspects of a room, and controlling light is equally as important. There are a lot of choices and many conflicting factors, so there are real benefits to at least consulting with an expert before deciding.”

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high-tech windows “Gadgets that we previously saw only in a James Bond movie are now a part of our daily lives,” says Sally Morse, director of creative services for Hunter Douglas. “Lighting, heating and cooling, security systems, kitchen appliances— and, yes, window fashions—can be automated and controlled remotely. With Hunter Douglas Platinum™ Technology, you can raise or lower window fashions like honeycomb shades using a wireless remote control.”

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oday’s window treatments have come a long way; they’re not only beautiful, they save you money on home energy costs. “The window is often the focal point of a room, so what adorns the window really matters,” says Gordon Clements of Gordon’s Window Decor. “The right treatments can add inspiration, energy efficiency, and beauty to a room, while the wrong treatment can make a space darker, smaller, or even less efficient.” Gordon continues, “Top treatments and side panels over shades introduce color and texture and help tie together a room’s color scheme. Roller shades—not the old-fashioned kind—feature high-tech fabrics, hardware, and controls. They decorate and reflect heat. A favorite product is Ecosmart insulating shades with continuous cord top down/bottom up. They provide wonderful control over light, privacy and drafts. Always a great choice!” 58

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DID YOU KNOW? Warm grays are very in for walls, especially when teamed with a bright persimmon red or chartreuse green as an accent color, according to Cecilia Redmond of Redmond Interior Design.


“Do not underestimate the impact of pillows. A few yards of fabulous fabric can change a room.” Michelle Holland, Michelle Holland Interiors


on’t be afraid of color, advises Michelle Holland of Michelle Holland Interiors in Shelburne. “A predominant theme this year is a return to color and traditional finishes. The newest fabrics have more pattern and deeper hues. Colors include peacock blue, aubergine, and persimmon. Traditional metals such as brass and copper are back but presented as living finishes—uncoated and allowed to darken naturally over time.”

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2 0 1 3 GO GREEN! “Emerald is the 2013 color of the year,” exclaims Alison Jette of Design Matters. “It is a rich jewel tone that would be a beautiful accent color in a dining room or study. Scared to put it on your walls? Use throw pillows, accessories, and lamps to bring the year’s hottest color into any room of your home.”

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any experts agree that the trend is toward a clean look with no clutter. With that in mind, Alison Jette and Annette Besaw of Design Matters in South Burlington offer a valuable tip: “If homeowners could do just one improvement this year, we would say, ‘Pare down.’ We recommend going through your home and asking yourself three questions about your furnishings: 1. Have I used it in the last year? 2. Do I love it? 3. Is it serving its purpose? If the answers are no, then discard, donate, or sell! Sort through belongings and keep only the things you love.”



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hat’s happening locally? Cecilia Redmond of Redmond Interior Design says, “I’m seeing a new organic modernist look developing using traditional Vermont raw materials such as slate, fieldstone, and unfinished wood in a clean, modern way. Fireplaces feature stacked narrow drystone rather than large stones, ceiling beams are tied with simple black iron ties, furniture is made from reclaimed wood and rusted iron. Wall cladding is horizontally laid rather than vertically.” COURTESY OF Furniture world


DID YOU KNOW? If you’re trying to sell your home, neutralize spaces as much as possible, take away personal items, and accessorize with large pieces, fewer in number, advises Tami Gaudreau Esbjerg of Furniture World of Vermont.

“While every homeowner has specific ideas on style, the overall trend is toward simpler living, low-maintenance design, and accents that don’t overpower.”

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classic seating Utility, durability, and comfort are key, says Ann Roche of Ann Roche Design. “With more use of deep seating and conversation tables, the trend in outdoor living and sunrooms is comfort,” Ann remarks. “Cushioned, deep-seated furniture provides luxurious comfort, and sling furniture is comfortable and easy to care for as well.”

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utdoor umbrellas have come a long way. Cantilever umbrellas offer many design solutions,” says Ann Roche. “Instead of positioning an umbrella in the middle of the table and looking around a pole, a cantilevered umbrella reaches out from a stationary base to provide shade. It tilts and turns so the sun can be blocked. A cantilevered umbrella is a nice alternative to a builtin awning at a fraction of the cost.”

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ome features that continue to gain popularity are fire features, interesting pots and urns, and wooden fences,” reports Cynthia Knauf of Cynthia Knauf Landscape Design. “Whether wood or gas fueled, outdoor fire rings or pits and fireplaces provide warmth and extend the months that we can enjoy the outdoors, which is becoming important to people. The options for styles and materials are endless.”

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DID YOU KNOW? “Outdoor structures—pergolas and trellises—made of cedar weather nicely, are rot resistant, and last a long time. They really enhance your home landscape,” says Paul Koenig of Koenig Cedar.

STONE WALLS & STEPS “Monolithic stone steps add beauty and function,” says David Burton of Trowel Trades in Colchester. “They are easier to install because of their uniform height, but the natural front retains the rustic ambience customary to many Vermont homes. Once installed they are not going anywhere—they are sturdy, stable, and look great.” Photos courtesy of Cynthia Knauf BY JIM WESTPHALEN

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ur goal is to create swimming ponds that look natural in every way,” says Marie P. Limoge, landscape designer at Landshapes in Richmond, Vermont. “With a natural swimming pond, you have swimming in the summer, and in the fall it looks beautiful reflecting foliage and attracting wildlife. In winter the pond can be used for skating or hockey. Our process involves constructing a simulated natural bog that keeps the pond clean without the use of chemicals.”


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DID YOU KNOW? Fun, funky, fabric Shade Sails create different patterns of shade and add height and interesting elevations to your landscape, according to Marie P. Limoge at Landshapes. “They’re really fun! The Campus Children’s Center playground at UVM now has several sails of yellow and green, while we installed beige and red sails at the Harpoon Brewery in southern Vermont,” Marie reports.

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2 0 1 3 “While every homeowner has specific ideas on style, the overall trend is toward simpler living, low-maintenance design, and accents that don’t overpower.” Megan Moffroid, Broadleaf Landscape Architecture

VERTICAL GARDENING “Whether it’s Patrick Blanc’s living wall on Musee du Qual Branly in Paris or a simply a framed garden hanging from an exterior or interior wall, vertical gardening is a great example of architecture and gardens cohabiting in an entirely new way (or merely an extension of the ancient practice of espalier),” says Megan Moffroid of Broadleaf Landscape Architecture in Waitsfield, Vermont.


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ermeable pavers continue to grow in popularity,” says David Burton of Trowel Trades. “They are not just a sustainable and eco-friendly option, they can be a solution for surface water challenges. For example, on sites with drainage problems, permeable pavers allow water to flow into a holding area and slowly percolate back into the ground instead of sitting on the surface in puddles. You can enjoy a patio or other outdoor space in an area that you may have considered unuseable.”

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“Trends for 2013 include updating and enlarging deck and patio areas, good-looking and comfortable outdoor furniture; long-lasting, maintenance-free materials; and retractable fabric awnings for shade and rain protection. Today’s outdoor living spaces are simply an extension of one’s interior space.” Todd Warren, Otter Creek Awnings

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“A well-planned outdoor kitchen combines cooking and entertaining and brings you outside. It’s great to let your party spill outdoors—alfresco dining in a beautiful outdoor space. It’s the best!” Nate Carr, Church Hill Landscapes, Charlotte


get organized! “A lot of our customers are adding bigger twostory modular garages, some as workshops,” says Robert Therrien of The Carriage Shed. “They are buying a building to get their garage out of their home, or they’re buying an outbuilding to help them organize their home.”

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Of all the significant birthdays in my life, 50 loomed largest. A half century! Most of my peers who had already reached that benchmark celebrated with extravagant parties, a once-in-a-lifetime trip such as an African safari or heli-skiing in the Canadian Rockies, or an expensive purchase. I imagined how sweet a sexy red convertible would look in my driveway, or how delightful it would be to photograph blue-footed boobies in the Galapagos Islands, but as May 20, my birthday, crept closer, I couldn’t decide how to kick off my next half century, so I opted out of the occasion. 4


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So much to see! Driving toward the Musée de l’Armée. Bottom: Taking in the Eiffel Tower, l’Arc de Triomphe, and many other historic landmarks in the City of Light.

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I didn’t feel 50, whatever that meant. I still did the same sports, listened to the same music, sat on the same sofa, and made the same brownies and spinach soufflé as I did two decades ago. And if I got a full eight hours of shut-eye, the checkout clerk at the grocery store still carded me when I purchased a bottle of wine . . . if I wore sunglasses. If 50 is the new 30, I figured I could postpone my 50th birthday for another 20 years. “You can’t let the day go unacknowledged!” exclaimed my friend Debbie from across the Atlantic. A college buddy, she had married a Brit and was a longtime resident of London. “We’re going to Paris for the weekend,” she declared. “Paris for the weekend?” I shouted back over the crackly connection. “Are you crazy? With the time change, it takes two days for me just to get there. You live in England. Paris is a short hop from there. People in New England don’t go to Paris for the weekend.” But the seed had been planted. I started poking around the Internet to see what was happening in the City of Light on May 20th. May is not a heavy travel time to Paris. Airfare specials popped onto my screen. I could pull this off. I called Debbie back. “Okay, I’m in, but I still think this is crazy,” I said. “We’re going to have a great time,” she replied with glee. She confessed to wanting The Rodin Museum is only one of a short break herself, and Paris would be the many places in Paris to view the perfect place to take it. “I’ll reserve hotel sculpture. Every public garden, rooms for us,” she added. “I know a special bridge, and church is a showcase of statues from the Middle Ages place for this special occasion, the Plaza through modern times. Athenee. We’ll meet there when you arrive. You pick what you want to do.” 78

Day 1 Doing Paris in 48 hours is an impossible feat of tourism. One of the world’s cultural centers, this historic city is among the most prominent for art, fashion, fine dining, museums, historic sites, shopping, and night life. Ogling the view from the Eiffel Tower, eyeing the Mona Lisa at the Louvre, sipping espresso at a café on the Champs-Élysées, and having one’s caricature painted on Montmartre are among the many musts for a first timer. One can easily spend a week in Paris and still run out of time, as a visit to the Louvre can take an entire day. Luckily, I had visited Paris twice before, so I could be selective. 4

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of pastel greens, pinks, and yellows, with as many swirls on the walls as on the pastries. I skipped a main course and started with dessert without a twinge of guilt, but as the last bite of rich cream, fresh raspberries, and lemon cake passed my lips, jet lag caught up. My eyes closed against my will. The rest of the evening blurred until I sank like Queen Antoinette into the silky soft linens on my gold-gilded bed at the Plaza Athenee.

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When I stepped off the plane midday at Charles de Gaulle Airport, a warm spring breeze lifted my sleep-deprived mood. With only a carry-on, I quickly got a cab to the Plaza Athenee. I found Debbie sitting in an elegant cream and gold chair, sipping tea amidst a gallery of potted palms. I gulped a latte, and we were off on foot. Our first stop was the Petit Palais, about three blocks from the hotel. Built in 1900, the Petit Palais houses the City of Paris’s collection of fine arts. Its four wings contain paintings by such famous artists as Rembrandt, Monet, and Cezanne. I didn’t see any of them. We went directly to a special exhibit covering four decades of designer Yves St. Laurent’s fashions. I imagined turning heads in one of St. Laurent’s feminine tuxedos. One of the most influential designers of the 20th century, St. Laurent popularized pret-a-porter (ready-to-wear)—clothing made in standard sizes that could be worn off the rack without hemming or alterations. But like flipping through pages of Vogue magazine, most of the styles in the exhibit looked wildly colorful and hardly wearable, though it was fun to giggle at their gaudiness. From the Petit Palais, we headed northwest down the Champs-Élysées toward L’Arc de Triomphe and ducked into a café for a light dinner. The décor was a mélange

The Thinker and The Kiss are among the many priceless sculptures on exhibit at the Rodin Museum located in the artist’s former mansion.

Travel Connections Whether you’re contemplating a weekend in Paris or a week, here are some useful resources to help you plan your trip:

Paris France Convention and Visitor’s Bureau: France Guide: The official site of the French Government Tourist Office, a one-stop source for listings of special exhibits, festivals, and other current events.


Frommer’s Paris, by Darwin Porter and Danforth Prince (Wiley Publishing,

The next day dawned wet and gray, but Debbie had arranged a car and a guide. The driver deposited us in front of the Musée Rodin (Rodin Museum), which is in Rodin’s former 19th century mansion and studio. I immediately recognized The Thinker, which the legendary sculptor claimed, “thinks with every muscle of his arms, back, and legs.” Indeed the statue was marvelous for its detailed physique. I most enjoyed seeing the room devoted to Camille Claudel’s work. Claudel was Rodin’s pupil, mistress, and model, who apparently lived with Rodin and his wife. Anything goes in “Gay Paree!” From there, we drove to the Pont Neuf and crossed onto the Île de la Cité, the heart of Paris where the city was founded. Our driver left us on the edge of a sizeable square. It was packed with people, but all were dwarfed by the grand Notre Dame Cathedral, a dazzling masterpiece of Gothic architecture that took over a century to build, from 1160 to 1345. The cathedral appeared a lacework of

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pale stone, flying buttresses, and ornate gargoyles, chimeras, and fantastic birds peering outward over the city. I paused for a moment by a bronze plaque in the pavement and looked down for a moment from the massive intricately carved portals. The plaque read “Kilometre Zero,� the point from which all distances between Paris and the rest of France and the world are calculated. I wondered exactly how far from home I was, but the thought turned to awe as we made our way inside the cathedral and stood below the enormous South Rose Window, one of three remarkable stained-glass masterpieces inside Notre Dame. Forty-three feet in diameter, the Rose Windows date back to the 13th century and are among the most prized works of art in French Catholicism. I stood before the immense yet finely crafted stained-glass treasure, imagining Napoleon crowning himself Emperor and Josephine Empress of France in that very place. It was easy to feel like a royal visitor in Paris among such grandeur. The afternoon waned, and I would soon head to the airport to fly home, but on the occasion of my 50th birthday, Paris had crowned me queen for two days. w An award-winning writer and photographer, Lisa Densmore has written seven books, including five guidebooks, and hundreds of articles about her travels around the world. Spring 2013 / Best of Burlington



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Guild & Company sharing their craft with the community

The Farmhouse Group has proven once again that they can make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear. First, they transformed a down-at-the-heels McDonald’s in downtown Burlington into the Farmhouse Tap & Grill, a farm-to-table gastropub. Now, they’ve transformed the humble Ground Round in South Burlington into Guild & Company, an elegant steakhouse. 4 Spring 2013 / Best of Burlington 85

Opposite: Chef and Partner Phillip Clayton puts the finishing touches on Guild’s bone-in pork loin. Master Butcher Frank Pace butchers and prepares beef, pork, and chicken in house. Sous Chef Sevan Sweeney prepares the clam chowder for the evening. Housemade Lewis Creek Farm potato chips.

Jed Davis, Rob Downey, Paul Sayler, and Chef Partner Phillip Clayton are co-owners of The Farmhouse Group, which operates Guild & Company as well as The Farmhouse Tap & Grill and El Cortijo Taqueria Y Cantina. Davis, raised in Sudbury, Vermont, has a background in restaurant management. He graduated from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration with a degree in restaurant management and culinary arts. Davis worked in New York City for worldrenowned Chef Daniel Boulud at his flagship restaurant, Daniel, and for acclaimed restaurateur Danny Meyer at Union Square Café before returning to Vermont. Davis says the name Guild & Company was chosen to recognize both the restaurant and its customers. “We have a ‘guild’ of skilled food artisans, and we want to share their craft with the community,” says Davis. “The name was designed to feel inclusive—guests are our company—while providing a sense of the quality of products guests will encounter, from dry-aged local beef to house-made sausage and charcuterie.”

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From top: Server MK Daley presents two of Guild’s more casual dining options: Fish & Chips and an entrée salad topped with grilled Misty Knoll chicken. Wine Director Alex Moran pours a couple of Vermont beers, Trapp Lager and Switchback, for his guests. Guests dine on Guild’s signature dry-aged steak, served with a choice of side and accompaniment.


Guild & Company is different from other restaurants in the area. “We are involved in every step it takes to bring the food from the field to our guests’ plates,” says Davis. The restaurant’s master butcher, Frank Pace, travels to Vermont farms to purchase whole animals, which are butchered and dry aged in house, and then grilled over Vermont hardwood coals in an open kitchen. The menu also includes responsibly sourced Atlantic seafood from Wood Mountain Fish Company, spit-roasted meats, and vegetarian dishes. There are nightly appetizer and entrée specials, and artisanal cheeses and oyster varieties that change on a regular basis.

The restaurant seats 180, including 60 seats in the private dining room. It has two large, brick-lined fireplaces, one in the barroom and the other in the private dining room. All desserts are made in house by pastry chef Samantha Madden, and these change frequently to reflect what’s currently in season. “The Ground Round location in South Burlington was chosen,” says Davis, “because we are a Vermont company and wanted to create more of a destination space for our guests, which means we need to be as centrally located as possible and easily accessible. Parking would also be important for this type of restaurant, and the parking lot can accommodate 110 cars.” Davis says it wasn’t difficult to transform the Ground Round into an upscale restaurant. “We opened The Farmhouse Tap & Grill in an old, vacated McDonald’s, so why not a dry-aged steakhouse in an old Ground Round? The restaurant had good bones to start with, and we had a really good group, both internally and externally, who helped bring it to life.” Contractors included Burlington-based Alec Bauer of Kitchen Restaurant and Bar Specialists and Michael Kuk of Kuk Design Build. Conant Metal and Light of Burlington created custom-made lighting, as well as a dividing wall between the bar and main dining room crafted from 100 vintage meat grinders. Overseeing the many different contractors and keeping everything on schedule was Peter Smejkal of Merkur Construction. The restaurant seats 180, including 60 seats in the private dining room. It has two large, brick-lined fireplaces, one in the barroom and the other in the private dining room. 4

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Guild & Company is different from other restaurants in the area. ”We’re involved in every step it takes to bring the food from the field to our guests’ plates.” On the Menu Chef Phillip Clayton’s ingredients for his farm-to-table cuisine come from Vermont farms and food producers including Jericho Settlers’ Farm, Vermont Heritage Grazers, Vermont Family Farms, Misty Knoll Farm, Pete’s Greens, Trillium Hill Farm, Nitty Gritty Grain Company, Pitchfork Farm, Red Hen Bakery, Freedom and Unity Farm, Adams Farm, and LaPlatte River Angus Farm. The wood-grilled, dry-aged, bone-in rib eye steak for two has been a customer favorite from the start. “The steak is dry aged in house for a minimum of 30 days. We carve the steak table-side, and it comes with a choice of two sides, a salad for the table, and a house-made accompaniment, such as bordelaise, steak sauce, or blue cheese butter,” says Davis. The wine list, selected by Wine Director Alex Moran, features wines produced by family-owned, small-production wineries that employ sustainable practices. Customers can choose from 18 wine selections by the glass as well as 10 beers on tap. 88

Continuing to Improve the Experience Guild & Company recently added more casual dishes to the menu such as fish and chips, steak frites, a dry-aged beef burger, and entrée salads. “We added the morecasual dinner options to make it easier for guests to join us any night of the week,” explains Davis. The cocktail menu now features three categories: Origins, Classics, and From the Guild. “Origins date back to the 19th century and resemble as closely as possible what the original recipe would have been,” says Davis. “Most guests are familiar with the Classics section, which features cocktails such as Martinis, Margaritas, and other drinks that may not be as familiar but are considered classic cocktails from the early to mid 20th century. Cocktails from the Guild are our own concoctions and are a little daring, using seasonal ingredients, unique spirits, and liqueurs.” Some tweaks have also been made to the restaurant since it opened. “We’ve made a lot of changes to bring the noise level of

From left: Chef Tom Deckman breaks down a fresh cut of Faroe Island Salmon. Line Cook James Wagenknecht gets set up for the evening. Meat cutter Mike O’Connell grinds beef for Guild’s dry-aged burger.

the dining room down to more agreeable levels,” says Davis. “We have an open floor plan with an open kitchen, so it was bound to get a little loud. Also, we made the lounge area a little more comfortable with the addition of a few couches and lounge chairs.” Guild & Company is open seven days a week. The lounge opens at 4pm and the main dining room at 4:30pm. w

Guild & Company

1633 Williston Road South Burlington, VT (802) 497-1207

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Vermont Custom Closets organizing vermont in style

Essayist Samuel Johnson once said, “No money is better spent than what is laid out for domestic satisfaction.” Unfortunately, he lived a couple of centuries too early to appreciate the domestic satisfaction created by Vermont Custom Closets. Though the company’s name implies the spaces where we hang our coats and store our boots, sweaters, and ties, in fact its services extend to pantries, laundry rooms, mudrooms, family rooms, and garages—anywhere that can benefit from organizational systems. Vermont Custom Closets’ storage designer, Carol Carruth, says, “with people’s hectic lives and multitasking these days, they appreciate having an organized place for everything, so they can find what they’re looking for in a hurry.”

Owners Elizabeth and Todd Warren.


Locally Owned & Operated The company is an offshoot of Otter Creek Awnings and Sunrooms, which was founded in Middlebury in 1976 and moved to Williston in 1997. Otter Creek’s awnings can be seen on private homes as well as businesses—co-owner Todd Warren says walking down Burlington’s Church Street is like taking a tour of their product line. Both Todd and Elizabeth Warren, his wife and co-owner, have a long history with Otter Creek. Elizabeth came on in 1994 to sell sunrooms, the company’s third arm. She did so until 2000, when she stepped away from the business temporarily to focus on raising the couple’s two children, Tyler and Ashley. Todd was hired as showroom manager in 1997, just as the company was expanding from Middlebury to Williston (the Middlebury location was later closed). Soon thereafter, Otter Creek was sold to Durasol, a national awning manufacturer. In 2000, Todd was named president of Otter Creek, and in 2008, when Durasol was ready to divest that portion of the company, the Warrens jumped at the chance to purchase it. “We once again became locally owned and operated,” Elizabeth says. “But I don’t think that’s something that was lost when we were corporate owned. 4

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Left: Reach-in pantry with sliding spice racks, stemware racks, sliding tray storage, and more. Below: Men’s walk-in closet features built-in storage in a candlelight finish with beautiful portobello-style drawer detail.

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We’ve always kept that approach as part of the way we do business.” They serve residences and businesses throughout Vermont, upstate New York, and northern New Hampshire. Todd handles things behind the scenes, while Elizabeth serves as the face of the company.

Offering Customers More Though the awning business was always successful—Otter Creek is one of the largest retractable-awning dealers in the country and the largest retailer of Durasol products anywhere by units sold—the Warrens wanted to offer their customers more, so they added a closet division in 2005. In 2011, they bought out their main competition, Closet Crafters, another locally owned company. The rebranding of Vermont Custom Closets as separate from Otter Creek means, among other things, that there will no longer be “the confusing vector of ‘it’s the awning company that does closets,’” Todd says. He will serve as president of both Otter Creek and Vermont Custom Closets, and though there will be overlap in administrators, each company will have its own marketing and branding; 25 employees will be divided between the two businesses. The Warrens are also adding

Above: A cherry finish enriches the look of this island dresser making space for jewelry, sweaters, and more.

Make laundry room chores easy with baskets; rods for hanging shirts, pants, and dresses; and shelving.


some 3,000 square feet of showroom space to their South Brownell Road location, which will allow for 17 individual on-site vignettes for customers to experience. A grand opening is scheduled for April 4. A well-designed closet, Todd says, offers a high return on investment. In terms of home sales—whether in a new build or an established house—it adds what he calls a “wow factor.” “Someone considering a home sees the nice closets and later says, ‘Honey, remember that house with the closets?’” he says, adding that they could conceivably be the tipping point in a sale.

A Zen-Like Experience Even homeowners who are staying put will appreciate the positive changes newly organized spaces can bring. Installing a system in a bedroom closet, for example, can result in 30 to 50 percent more space (whether homeowners decide to go shopping to fill their additional space is not the responsibility of Vermont

Create room for large and small tools, equipment, and cleaning products with plenty of space for your vehicle.

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Custom Closets, Todd says, laughing). The Warrens say they are able to handle the kinds of issues found in many of Vermont’s quirky homes, including fitting closets in under slanted roofs. Every project is designed using CAD, so clients can see in a three-dimensional format what the space will look like and how it will function. “We work very hard on the details,” Elizabeth says. “We’re very intentional about the process, and our mission really is for people to have a fun, easy experience.” Projects generally have a two-to-three-week timetable, from initial meeting to completion, and the company uses its own construction crew. Carruth, the only certified closet designer in the state, says there is really no limit to where they can help, mentioning some of the more popular spaces: home offices and craft rooms, along with entertainment centers and family rooms, can include drawers and cabinets to contain technology and equipment, especially “the games, CDs, remotes, and controllers that parents are tired of having spilling all over the floor!” She also accessorizes mudrooms with individual cubbies to house sports equipment, backpacks, boots, and gloves and mittens, with benches for shoe changes and hooks and rods for wet outerwear. Some pet owners have asked her to include a specific spot for a dog bed and feeding dishes in their mudrooms. And pantries, always ripe for organization, can accommodate plenty of designated pullouts for perishables and canned goods, small appliances, and recycling bins. The Warrens’ own house is fully fitted with organizing systems, and it was only after completing that project that Todd was able to understand a client’s comment that having her closets redone was a “Zen-like experience.” “It sounds funny to talk about closets in such an enthusiastic and energetic way,” Todd says, “but when you have the work done—as simple as it may seem—the feeling and results are so emotional and so positive that it really does feel like a Zen-like experience when you open your closet door for the first time—and every day after that.” w

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17 Echo Place Willison, VT (802) 658–0000 94

in the kitchen by susan nye

A lazy springtime brunch relax and e n j0y your weeken d

Springtime Brunch

This menu offers up a great feast for Easter, Mother’s Day, or any special Sunday. Asparagus & Chevre Tart Potato Latkes with Smoked Salmon and Caviar Blueberry Muffins


“By eliminating the need to get up early on Sunday, brunch would make life brighter…Brunch is cheerful, sociable, and inciting. It is talk-compelling. It puts you in a good temper, it makes you satisfied with yourself and your fellow beings, it sweeps away the worries and cobwebs of the week.”

— from Guy Beringer’s “Brunch: A Plea,” 1895

And so a weekend tradition began. It started as one man’s plea for a little extra Sunday morning shut-eye and a little extra fun. The idea took off, and the rest is history. Sunday brunch is a great way to relax and wind down the weekend with friends and family. Mr. Beringer believed every Sunday was a good Sunday for brunch, while today we are more likely to save it for special occasions. Spring is the perfect time for a relaxing brunch, especially in Vermont, where spring is divided into two equal parts—mud season and black fly season. Brunch is a wonderful way to enjoy a little cheerful time with friends and family and celebrate Easter or Mother’s Day, or both. When we were little girls, my sister Brenda and I always served our mom breakfast in bed on Mother’s Day. We weren’t allowed to use the stove, so our menu was limited. We brought Mom orange juice and an English muffin, usually singed and generally cold by the time it was delivered. Giggling and whispering loudly, we staggered up the stairs with a tray. Without fail we spilled the juice, soaking the singed muffin, but Mom still proclaimed her breakfast delicious, the best ever. Eventually, my dad took pity on her and initiated a new tradition: Mother’s Day Brunch. My dad was not much of a cook, so he took us all out. But you don’t need to go out to have a wonderful brunch. Entertain your family and friends at home with a delicious meal packed with bright spring flavor. Whether it’s Easter or Mother’s Day, why not let Mom sleep in? Your children will love cooking with Dad. They can help in a variety of ways, from setting the table to measuring and mixing. Now a word of warning may be in order: Cooking with little ones is great fun but requires patience—lots of patience. When small helpers join you in the kitchen, preparations tend to take longer, and it can get messy. In spite of any downside, I urge you to give it a try. You will be rewarded 100 times over. 4

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Asparagus & Chevre Tart Serves 6 to 8 Real men might not eat quiche, but everyone will enjoy this delicious take on a timeless classic.

Savory Flaky Pastry (recipe at left) Olive oil 1⁄2 medium onion, finely chopped Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper 1 lb asparagus spears, trimmed and cut into small pieces Grated peel of 1⁄2 lemon 1 tsp finely chopped fresh thyme or 1⁄4 tsp dried 4 oz mild chevre cheese, crumbled or cut into small pieces 4 eggs 1 Tbsp all-purpose flour 1 ⁄2 cup sour cream 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard 1 cup milk

There’s no need to go overboard. Enlist your children’s help for just one or two dishes, not the entire meal. Without a doubt, parent and child alike will enjoy a wonderful hour or two. You won’t just share the cooking, you’ll share a few stories, jokes, and lots of laughs. Your children will be happy and proud to contribute to your celebration’s success. And all of you will remember the special time you spent together. Before summer comes and you get too busy with the beach, tennis, or golf, take some time for a relaxing Sunday brunch. Whether you enlist small helpers in the preparation or not, brunch is a perfect time to sit back and relax. Forget schedules and deadlines and enjoy a few lazy hours socializing around the table. Have a wonderful brunch and bon appétit!

Savory Flaky Pastry

1. Make the pastry and refrigerate until ready to use.

1 cup all-purpose flour ⁄2 tsp salt 4 Tbsp (1⁄2 stick) chilled butter, cut into small pieces 3 Tbsp solid vegetable shortening, cold, cut into small pieces 2 to 4 Tbsp ice water

2. Heat a little olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Sauté until tender, about 5 minutes. Add the asparagus and sauté for 3 to 4 minutes. Let cool. Sprinkle with grated lemon peel and thyme; toss to combine.

Blend flour and salt in a food processor. Add the butter and shortening; process until mixture resembles coarse meal. Sprinkle with ice water, 1 to 2 tablespoons at a time, and process until dough comes together in a ball. Remove the dough from the food processor and flatten into a disk. Wrap dough in plastic; chill until firm, at least 30 minutes.

4. Roll out the pastry dough on a lightly floured surface. Line a 9-inch pie or tart pan with the dough and crimp the edges.


3. Preheat the oven to 450° and arrange the rack in the middle of the oven.

5. Scatter the asparagus and onions on the bottom of the pie shell. Sprinkle the asparagus with crumbled chevre. 6. Put the eggs, flour, sour cream, mustard, salt, and pepper in a large bowl and whisk until well combined. Slowly whisk in the milk. 7. Gently pour the custard into the pie shell, adding just enough custard to come within 1 ⁄2-inch of the top of the pan. Set the tart on a cookie sheet and place in the oven. 8. Cook for 10 minutes, then lower the oven temperature to 350°. Continue baking for about 40 to 45 minutes or until the custard is set and the tart is golden brown on top. Cool for 5 to 10 minutes before serving. The tart can be made ahead through step 5. Cover the asparagus and cheese-filled pie shell with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator. Cover and store the custard separately in the refrigerator.


Potato Latkes with Smoked Salmon and Caviar Take a break from simple hash browns with delicious latkes. Your children may turn their noses up at salmon and caviar, so have some applesauce on hand for the little ones.

Serves 6 to 8

2 lb red thin-skinned potatoes 1 small onion, finely chopped 1 egg 4 Tbsp all-purpose flour 1 ⠄2 tsp baking powder Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper Olive oil Garnish: Smoked salmon, cut into thin slivers, sour cream, and caviar 1. Peel and coarsely grate the potatoes. Then put the potatoes in a colander and rinse well with cold water. Drain well. Put the potatoes in a clean dish towel and squeeze out as much moisture as possible. 2. Toss the potatoes and onion together in a large bowl. Add the egg, flour, baking powder, salt, and pepper. Mix thoroughly. 3. Heat 2 to 3 tablespoons of olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Drop large spoonfuls of the potato mixture into the pan and gently press to flatten. SautÊ until golden brown on both sides, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Drain on paper towels. Serve immediately with a small dollop of sour cream, a few (or more) slivers of smoked salmon, and a tiny (or not so tiny) spoonful of caviar. The latkes can be made one day ahead. Arrange latkes on a sheet pan and reheat at 350° for 10 to 15 minutes.

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Blueberry Muffins These muffins will melt in your mouth. The hint of lemon makes them a big hit at any breakfast or brunch. Makes about 16 muffins

⁄4 cup milk ⁄4 cup (1 1⁄2 sticks) butter 1 ⁄2 cup granulated sugar 1 ⁄2 cup brown sugar 1 egg 1 3⁄4 cup flour, sifted 2 1⁄2 tsp baking powder 1 ⁄2 tsp cinnamon Pinch nutmeg 1⁄2 tsp salt Grated peel 1 lemon 1 cup blueberries, tossed in 1 Tbsp flour 3 3

1. Preheat oven to 400°. Line muffin pans with paper liners. 2. Warm the milk to take the chill off. Cream butter and sugars. Add egg and beat on high speed until smooth. Slowly add the milk; beat until well combined. 3. Sift together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Stir in grated lemon peel. Add to butter mixture. Mix until moistened. 4. Toss blueberries with flour and fold into batter. Fill each paper liner about 2⁄3 full with the batter. Bake at 400° for 18 to 20 minutes. The muffins can be made one day ahead. Serve at room temperature or rewarm for about 10 minutes at 350°. w

Susan Nye lives in New Hampshire and enjoys cooking with her three young nieces. Susan is a freelance writer, caterer, and cooking instructor. You can find more of her articles and recipes online at


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Dining & Entertainment Guide Great places to eat locally in and around Burlington.

El Cortijo A vibrant atmosphere featuring tacos, soups, salads, and entrées prepared with local ingredients and expressed as traditional Mexican fare. Freshsqueezed margaritas and handcrafted cocktails. Late night menu until 1am Fridays & Saturdays. $-$$ 189 Bank Street Burlington, VT (802) 497-1668

The Farmhouse Tap & Grill Dedicated to showcasing local farms and food producers, our menu features award-winning burgers, comfort entrées, artisan cheeses, vegetarian options, and nightly innovations. The Tap Room delivers highly prized and rare beers. “Special Happenin’s” Wed. nights. $$ 160 Bank Street Burlington, VT (802) 859-0888

Guild and Company

Key to Symbols $ most entrées under $10 $$ most entrées $10 to $25 $$$ most entrées over $25

Chef Phillip Clayton’s award-winning farm-to-table cuisine features dry-aged locally sourced beef, seafood, and vegetarian options, and an innovative cocktail program. Open daily. 4:30pm to close. Barroom open 4pm. $$$ 1633 Williston Road South Burlington, VT (802) 497-1207

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Beyond the Menu

entertainment and dining guide for burlington and the surrounding area

The Flynn Center for the Performing Arts

J Morgan’s Steakhouse Vermont’s cutting-edge steakhouse featuring over 20 steaks aged and hand cut in-house, 12 daily seafood dishes, and award-winning Sunday Brunch. Located on Montpelier’s historic State Street. $$ 100 State Street Montpelier, VT (802) 223-5222

The Flynn Center for the Performing Arts presents its spring lineup, including Marcia Ball, The Joffrey Ballet, A St. Patrick’s Day Celebration with Solas, Burlington Taiko, Brit Floyd, Compagnie Marie Chouinard, Lila Downs, Cirque Zuma Zuma, MOMIX, and the Broadway National Tour of “Dreamgirls.” 153 Main Street Burlington, VT (802) 86-FLYNN FlynnTix box office

Leunig’s Bistro Burlington’s best bistro for over 30 years. Serving local food with a worldly accent. Every meal provides the panache of Paris and the value of Vermont, right in the center of town. Lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. $–$$ Between Church and College Streets Burlington, VT (802) 863-3759

Pauline’s Cafe

photo credit: Frédéric Silberman

Step out and Discover Burlington!

Ray’s Seafood

Chef owned, featuring American cuisine, from casual to fine dining, local and wild food, and our famous crab cakes! Open seven days for lunch and dinner. Private dining rooms. Open daily. Lunch, dinner. Sunday brunch. $–$$

Family owned and operated fish market and restaurant offering fresh seafood, sit-down service, and takeout menu. Seafood and land lovers specials, including daily specials. Call ahead for your order. $–$$

1834 Shelburne Road S. Burlington, VT (802) 862-1081

49 North Street Burlington, VT (802) 658-7928



The Spot Enjoy our surf-style ambience and delicious breakfast, lunch, and dinner entrées. Conveniently located on Shelburne Road in Burlington. Free parking, free Wi-Fi. $–$$ 210 Shelburne Road Burlington, VT (802) 540-1778



Calendar of Events


March 17

153 Main Street Burlington, VT Tickets: (802) 863-5966 Info: (802) 652-4500

Solas 4

MainStage, 7pm

Happenings is sponsored by the Vermont Quilt Festival

December 2

March 30

Compagnie Marie Chouinard MainStage, 8pm


March 7

March 24

Marcia Ball

Burlington Taiko

MainStage, 7:30pm

MainStage, 3pm

March 12

March 27

Film: Wonder Women!

Brit Floyd

FlynnSpace, 7pm

MainStage, 7:30pm

March 16

April 4

The Joffrey Ballet

Maile Meloy & Greg Bolin

MainStage, 8pm

FlynnSpace, 8pm

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March 5


1611 Harbor Road Shelburne, VT (802) 985-8442 Hours: 9am-5:30pm daily

Blow It Up! Camp We’ll blow some things up, and you can too. For students grades 1–5. 8:30am–2:30pm

1 College Street Burlington, VT (877) ECHOFUN

March 3


High-Bionutrient Crop Production Course

ECHO, in partnership with the UVM Society of

Learn the basic principles and practices of

March 1

Physics Students, is part of a nationwide festival

biological/energetic farming and gardening.

Last Day: Owl Prowl Camp

of educational programs about nanoscale science


Campers will spend the week learning about

and engineering. We’ll be combining fun, hands-

Vermont’s most awe-inspiring and fearsome bird

on activities with presentations on current

March 7

family: the owls.


Evening Knitting Circles



Knit, relax, and chat with fellow knitting enthu-

March 30

siasts and enjoy a simple dessert. All levels of March 3

April 22–26

knitters are welcome.

Last Day: Champ Week

Friends of Frogs Camp


Take part in our “Believer or Skeptic” fun, interactive

From poison dart frogs to gray tree frogs, campers

family program and explore the facts and legends of

will be introduced to ECHO’s colorful collection

March 8–10

our ingeniousness Lake Monster.

of frogs, and then choose a froggy friend to get

The ABC’s of Farm-Based Education


to know better.

Discover exciting, hands-on ways to develop


agricultural education programs for school groups with kid-tested, easy-to-use activities.

March 4

Smash & Shatter Camp

April 22–26

What does it take for a bowling ball to shatter a piece

Good Fishing Camp

March 13 & April 10

of heat-tempered glass? What would happen if a

Interacting with live animals from ECHO’s

Aspiring Naturalists Teen Program

bird laid an egg midflight? Find out during Smash &

collection, campers will learn the habits of

Each month we practice primitive skills—fire

Shatter camp.

common Vermont sports fish.

by friction, carving, foraging for wild edibles,



tracking animals, and more. 4:30–7:30pm


March 9

May 4

Jennifer Koh, Violin

Masterworks 4 • Bach: Concerto for Two Violins • Philip Glass: Echorus, for 2 Violins and String Orchestra • David Ludwig: Seasons, Concerto for Two Violins • Mozart: Symphony No. 40 Flynn Center, 8pm

Other Noteworthy Events

Masterworks 5 • Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3 • Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade

March 9 & 23

March 13–31

Stone Wall Workshops

4000 Miles

Our introductory stone wall

Info:, www.

Flynn Center, 8pm

building workshops for

homeowners and tradespeople

Vermont Stage Company

Please check the VSO website at or call (800) VSO-9293, ext. 10 for additional information.

promote the beauty and


integrity of stone. The one-day,

May 11

hands-on workshop focuses on

Kids Day

the basic techniques for creat-

Vermont’s largest children’s fes-

ing dry-laid walls with a special

tival. Join the parade! Train rides

emphasis on stone native to

and amusement rides. Lots of

Vermont. Workshops are held

fun for the whole family.

inside warm greenhouses in



Battery Park, 9:30am–3:30pm

Info and registration: www. workshops.html


Shelburne Farms, continued

Vermont Maple Open House Weekend


March 23–24

May 10–12

ties in the sugarbush (maple syrup tastings!), and

Bedrock to Birds: The Natural History of Shelburne Farms’ Working Landscape

live bird presentations.

11am Friday–2pm Sunday

We’ll have events and activities both Saturday and Sunday, including a 4-H pancake breakfast, activi-

9am–2pm April 6

Logs to Lumber: Forest Management at the Farm Watch Leo Boutin, who has been sawing lumber for the farm for 15 years, saw logs from several different tree species to reveal bold patterns in each. 10am–12pm April 13

Leaping Lambs and Shear Delights Participate in the whole process, from watching a sheep be sheared to washing the wool and learning how to spin and felt it. 10am–2pm May 2

Educator Workshop: Amphibians and Aquatic Ecosystems Investigate aquatic ecosystems with state herpetologist—and one of our favorite pond explorers—Jim Andrews. 9am–3pm

April 24–May 12

Good People Info: Vermont Stage Company

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What is it about Vermont that seems to offer such a great environment for businesses like Vermont Teddy Bear? Vermont is a special place! When I travel, I am always delighted to hear what a favorable impression our great state leaves with people. It did not happen overnight; it is the result of years of planning and stewardship by the thousands of forwardthinking Vermonters that preceded us. The company’s early advertising struck gold using radio-personality endorsements. What are your future marketing plans? Radio-personality endorsements are still a major part of our marketing mix. However, a lot has changed from when we started to use radio. The Internet has become the perfect venue for product referrals or reviews, and getting people engaged in our brands across multiple areas is a major part of our marketing mix. 104

As a fifth-generation Vermonter, what attracted you to take the helm at Vermont Teddy Bear? When the folks at VTB called and asked if I was interested, I was ecstatic. The chance to run one of Vermont’s premier companies sounded great. Then I had the chance to visit the company, see the facilities, and meet the employees led by Katie Langrock, Sarah Pribram, Bob Stetzel, Scott Smith, and Jay Bruns, and I knew this was a great fit. Is Vermont Teddy Bear a fun place to work? During the summer months, we hold a fiercely competitive intracompany bocce tournament located on our beautiful grounds with views of Mt. Mansfield and Camel’s Hump. We have a large employee

garden and barbecue area for other summer fun. When the weather turns cooler, we enjoy “Wear Your Pajamas to Work” days along with other entertaining themes. And we get to work with teddy bears every day. How fun is that? Share a bit about what you enjoy about Vermont when you’re winding down away from your CEO duties. I am my kids’ biggest fan! My son Billy played baseball in college at Massachusetts Maritime Academy, Colleen is a sophomore at the College of the Holy Cross where she plays ice hockey, and Emma plays any sport she can get her hands on. The three of them keep my wife Susan and me very busy. I love the outdoors and particularly enjoy skiing, hunting, and fishing. w

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