sporty vermont


Starboard Collection
Inspired Nautical Living

When you think of Vermont you probably think of mountains and maple syrup. Right? But there’s also a fairly large boating community across the state that enjoys our beautiful lake champlain.

The Starboard Collection is a new company based in South Burlington that makes “casual dinnerware designed with the nautical lifestyle in mind.” This new line is made from recycled materials, BPA free, non-toxic and best of all made in the USA! The full set includes a stand, tray, stackable, non-slip plates and bowls that are designed to hold the most amount of food while taking up the least amount of storage space making the set perfect for:

  • your galley
  • picnics
  • small kitchens everywhere

Not only is this set stylish and good looking, it also comes in a bag making it easy to grab for any of your on-the-go dining needs whether on water or on land. Starboard Collection is launching March 2-5, 2013 at the International Housewares Association Show in Chicago.

We wish them bon voyage & bonne chance!

Put this “FRESH, FUN, SUSTAINABLE, STYLISH” dinnerware on your summer wish list. We’re thrilled they call Vermont home and think they’re one to watch!

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bringing your races to the world

can’t get to a ski race but want to know who’s winning? At the race, on the hill, not near the scoreboard? live-timing will let you know everything about that racer coming down the course – in real time! Watch the clock, second by second, on your phone, in your office or at home.

Live-timing will let you know:

  • upcoming races & entries
  • who’s currently on course
  • racer’s bib number, team, class
  • who’s finished, dnf’d or dq’d
  • race results (unofficial) in real time
  • race status messages

Isn’t technology great? You can watch races all over the world as long the club or resort is using split-second software in real-time. Once you get used to the convenience and information live-timing gives you, you’ll wish every race hill in the world was hooked up!

And yes, Live-timing is based in Vermont.


K.D. Hill Knitwear
hand loomed knitwear made in vermont

Looking for an original hat no one else has? And one that’s made in Vermont? Well, look no further than K.D. Hill Knitwear.

With colorful designs and a variety of styles, there will be one for you! You’ll find:

  • cuff hats
  • flat top hats
  • round top hats
  • mittens
  • headbands

Even a line for babies and children ranging from adorable, cozy, colorful hats and mittens to sweaters. You can have a Danforth Pewter button added to a hat if you’d like – making them great made in Vermont baby gifts.

Worth noting is that this is a one woman show! K.D. Hill herself makes every single item! You can buy directly on her website or at any of these retailers.

hula-fit Zip Skirts - skirts you can wear everywhere

hula-fit Zip Skirts
skirts you can wear everywhere

This one’s for the gals – but guys take note – awesome gift opportunity.

Do you work out? Wish that you could just throw on something cute over your workout clothes and not walk around in your leggings? Hello hula-fit Zip Skirt! Just zip it over your leggings after a run, a walk, a hike, a ski – you name it. It looks so great you can wear it anywhere. Think of it as a “sweet little jacket for the hips“!

Made out of a material that blocks the wind with a YKK zipper (USA), the hula-fit Zip Skirt is wash and wear and only gets softer over time. It even has an interior mesh pocket for your keys and iphone. How convenient is that?

hula-fit is a Burlington start up with some pop up sales events this weekend (cash & checks) just in time for the holidays:

Saturday, December 22

12:00–2:00 pm  at
171 Battery Street, Burlington
(next to the Ice House Restaurant)

3:00–5:00 pm at Kaplan residence
21 Crescent Beach Drive, Burlington
(New North End, off Shore Road)

Sunday, December 23

12:00–2:00 pm at
171 Battery Street, Burlington
(next to the Ice House Restaurant)

3:00–5:00 pm at  AO Glass Pop-up Shop
197 College Street
(between South Winooski & Church)

You can also find them at the Ski Rack – while supplies last!.

Where can you go with a hula-fit Zip Skirt?


the cleverly compact child carrier

designed to carry a small child of 6 months to 3 years, a bitybean will not only change the way you carry your child but also lighten what you carry around when out and about! bitybean is a great solution for parents on the go.

it’s light weight and rolls up into a small bag that easily fits in any bag or purse. a bitybean gives you ultimate spontaneity allowing you to carry a child at a moments notice. no more lugging around that bulky backpack! it’s so cleverly designed – you can carry a child in the front or the back and it’s machine washable. check out these great features.

bitybean has just been named a semifinalist in the 2012 JPMA innovation awards at the all baby and child expo. we’ll let you know how they do!

if you have a young child in your life, you definitely need a bitybean.

want one? please support them on indiegogo and help them bring you a bitybean!

natural energy & recovery mix

Enhance Performance Improve Competition

forget about all those other energy drinks you’ve been buying – epic is where it’s at. not only does it:

  • increase endurance
  • enhance strength
  • improve muscle recovery
  • reduce muscle fatigue

it also has:

  • no fructose or high fructose corn syrup
  • no table sugar
  • no lactose
  • no caffeine or stimulants
  • no artificial colors
  • no artificial sweeteners


and it’s made right here in vermont. how can you beat all that? you can buy it online or at these stores.

once you go epic, you’ll never go back.

darn tough socks

darn tough
the premium all weather performance sock

once you buy a pair of darn tough socks, you will never buy another brand again. these are truly the best socks. even better is that they are made in vermont by the cabot family. you’ll want them for everyday wear, working wear and for every sport you can think of from skiing and riding, hiking and trekking to fishing and hunting (ok, maybe not swimming). they know what they’re doing – the cabot’s have been at it for over 30 years.

what makes ’em so darn tough? this list spells it out:

  • made in vermont
  • high density knitting
  • merino wool
  • Coolmax®
  • full cushion
  • cushion
  • ultra-light
  • mesh
  • ribbed knit
  • ribbed ankle support
  • elastic arch support
  • ring toe construction

want to learn more about each of these? check out these detailed descriptions.

oh and the best part – they have an UNCONDITIONAL LIFETIME GUARANTEE – “no strings. no condition. for life.”

who can beat that?

p.s. you can buy them everywhere!

yes, it’s true the summer mini basketball league was started right here in vermont by a couple of young guys. they play with a mini basketball with 8½-foot rims on a 30×60 foot court that is surrounded by hockey rink boards in the backyard of one of the founders. they even have their own logo!

don’t live in vermont? contact these guys and they will help you set up your own league.

we think this is pretty cool.

read more about the mini basketball league In the Burlington Free Press and follow them on facebook, twitter and youtube too.

they were even mentioned in an article ESPN’s mgazine in september 2011