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Smugglers’ Notch Distillery
Vermont’s Mountain Spirit…Smuggle some home today!

Award winning Smugglers’ Notch Distillery makes premium spirits right here in Vermont. This father and son team originally started with just vodka, but now offer:

…and stay tuned for the spring launch of their latest offering – bourbon!

Our favorite quote from their rave reviews:

“The bottom line is that Smugglers’ Notch Distillery makes a damn fine cocktail gin of the classic London Dry style. If you are a serious New England locavore and classic cocktail afficionado, this gin belongs on your bar.” (from the Foodie Pilgrim Review)

Ever wonder how Smugglers’ Notch got it’s name? Smugglers. Literally. Back in the 1800’s and then again in the 1920’s during prohibition smugglers would use the mountain pass to move goods and liquor from Canada into the US.

No need to be smuggling anymore. You can buy from Smugglers’ Notch Distillery direct at the Distillery or at any of these fine stores.

Three Revolutions
put your money where your mouth is

So by now everyone has heard of kickstarter, right? well, Three Revolutions is similar to kickstarter but it’s focus is food. And for those of us who love Vermont, want to buy Vermont, Three Revolutions is based in Vermont! They “fund food through community” and it is the first crowdfunding platform focused on farm and food related projects.

Not sure how it works? Take a look here where they outline the process:

  • planters sow ideas
  • pollinators spread the word
  • cultivators fund planters so they can grow their ideas to fruition

We all have to eat. So why not go and take a look at the current projects and consider funding a food innovator that will bring something good to your table or town?

Will you be a planter, a pollinator or a cultivator?

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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  WhatsMomDoing.com
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  WhatsMomDoing.com
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?

Everywhere.

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Green Mountain Mustard
Gourmet Mustard Made in the Mountains of Vermont

These are no ordinary mustards. Not only are they rich and creamy, they’re also made in Vermont using local ingredients:

  • Eggs from local family farm
  • Butter from Vermont Cabot Coop farmers
  • Maple syrup from local  farms
  • Yellow mustard seeds from Clear Brook Farm in Shaftsbury

Every one of their flavors are distinct and delicious:

  • Barn Burner
  • Garlic Oregano
  • Sweet Hot (original flavor)
  • Wholegrain Mustard
  • Horseradish

The Green Mountain Mustard story is similar to other made in Vermont products that got their start at local farmer’s markets – at their second market they sold their 24 jars in less than 30 minutes! That was in 2010. Today you can find their mustards in over 70 stores nationwide.

Dip pretzels in their mustard, smother your meats or fish with their mustard, use it in salad dressings or in any of these recipes! Good mustard can be used in so many ways!

How can you not switch over to Green Mountain Mustard? And turn on someone else while you’re at it. Can you say party gift? stocking stuffer?

FLXIT - flexible fun from Vermont!

FLXIT
flexible fun!

Inspired by nature and made from Kraft paper, FLXIT is a simple new toy that will spark  imagination at any age.

Pull it, twist it, wave it, slink it, sculpt it, stretch it, flex it and tag it. Wait? tag it? what’s that mean? find out here! Tagging it is part of the creativity!

Intrigued? FLXIT currently has a kickstarter campaign. Help them streamline production of this back to basics toy and bring this Vermont toy nationwide!

You’re never too old to play.

Find some fun with FLXIT.

ursa major - super natural skin care for men

Ursa Major
Super natural skin care for men

Yes. Skin care for men. Their skin is different and should be treated differently than women’s skin. Exercising and eating right make the top of the list when caring for one’s body. But do men think about what they are putting on their body?

They should. The vast majority of products out there are made almost exclusively from water and synthetic chemicals, including some unhealthy ones. Learn more!

Ursa Major is a premium, natural and effective line of skin care products just for men. You won’t find any chemicals or fillers in these products, only:

  • premium natural ingredients (98.5-100%)
  • 50% organic ingredients (average across the line)
  • subtle aromas (whole blends of essential oils)
  • locally sourced ingredients from small sustainable farms (when possible)

Ursa Major products are better for your skin (and the environment). Look at all these testimonials from some pretty big magazines and retailers. And Ursa Major products are “made with passion, pride and purpose in the USofA”.

You can buy any of their products online or find a shop near you!

Get that guy in your life switched over to Ursa Major.

Stave Puzzles - hand-crafting the world's finest wooden puzzles since 1974

Stave Puzzles
Hand-crafting the world’s finest wooden puzzles since 1974

So you think you’re good at puzzles? Have you tried a Stave? You just might not be as good as you think you are!

In our fast-paced-high-tech-plugged-in world, these puzzles are a welcome distraction. Made in Norwich, Vermont, Stave Puzzles are works of art that will challenge you in ways you didn’t think was possible from a puzzle. As each piece is hand cut (yes, hand cut), by one cutter with one saw, it’s so rewarding as two pieces slide perfectly together. Not to mention that even getting two pieces that fit is such satisfaction!

Stave Puzzles are not your ordinary puzzles either. Not only are they made from wood (they’ll last), you’ll find:

  • adjacent edges*
  • empty spaces
  • phony corners
  • no photograph to help you

Take a look at their Teaser, Trick and Troublemaker puzzles! No wonder Stave’s boss calls himself the Chief Tormentor!

Every home needs at least one Stave Puzzle.

* “adjacent edges are whammy edge pieces which are two abutting edge pieces that look like corner pieces held together by a third piece.”

Vermont Independent Bookshops

Today is Black Friday and the eve of Small Business Saturday. Instead of heading to the big box stores, check out one of our very own independent booksellers:

bartleby’s books & music – wilmington
bear pond books  – montpelier & stowe
bennington bookshop – bennington
better planet books – st. albans & bristol
book nook – ludlow
boxcar and caboose – st. johnsbury
bridgeside books – waterbury
briggs carriage bookshop – brandon
brown dog books & gifts – hinesburg
cover to cover ltd – randolph
crow bookshop – burlington
ebenezer books – johnson
everyone’s books – brattleboro
flying pig bookstore – shelburne
galaxy bookshop – hard wick
green mountain books & prints – lyndonville
hopkins bookshop – burlington
misty valley books – chester
next chapter bookstore – barre
northshire books – manchester center
norwich bookstore – norwich 
phoenix books – burlington & essex
rivendell books – montpelier
ryan books inc – johnson
shiretown books – woodstock
stardust books & cafe – craftsbury
tempest bookshop – waitsfield
vermont bookshop – middlebury
woodknot bookshop – newport
village square booksellers – bellows falls
yankee bookshop – woodstock

We are so lucky to have so many to choose from.

Buy Local. Support our indie booksellers!

(know of one that’s missing? please let us know)

Vermont Smoke and Cure
Made from scratch in Vermont

Based just outside Burlington in Hinesburg, Vermont Smoke and Cure makes some of the best (possibly the best) smoked meats! They’ve been at it for more than 50 years, smoking meats the old fashion way with only with pure ingredients (yes, including Vermont maple syrup). They really do make everything from scratch!

Think everything pigs. Vermont pigs:

Bacon – 5 knives, natural thick sliced
Hams – uncured half steaks
Peperoni – smoked, of course
Sausages – breakfast, maple, summer, hot & sweet italian

When you eat bacon, or any other pork product for that matter, ever think where it came from? Vermont Smoke and Cure only uses Vermont grown pork from farmers who treat them well – living in open pastures and eating grains and legumes. No hormones! No farrowing crates! These are happy pigs!

Just like they say on their cool website, their meats truly are full of flavor and “Damn fine!”

With the holidays around the corner,  Vermont Smoke and Cure has “7 sweet and delicious stocking stuffers”, according to Real Simple Magazine. Our favorite – the Vermontavore Box!

Buy local. Buy Vermont. Eat local.