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Blu-Bin - 3D print shop in Poultney, Vermont - You're ideas made real!

Blu-Bin
your ideas made real

Yes, America’s first retail 3D print shop is in VERMONT! Poultney, Vermont to be exact. Let’s be more specific, it’s the first store where anyone, regardless of skill level, can come in and get their ideas made into reality using 3D printers.

You can draw a picture of something, have it made into a CAD file and then have it printed into a 3D object. Hard to believe right? Well then check out this video.

This is game changing and seriously cool. Think of all the possibilities…

Anyone want to go to Poultney for the day, grab lunch and have your dream “thing” made into a reality?

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Toonuva
wicked. fun. games.

High tech right here in Burlington, Vermont! You know that Burlington recently made the list of 4 underrated tech hubs to watch, right? Well, it’s in part due to companies like Toonuva.

Toonuva creates fun and immersive games in-house and for organizations. Their flagship product, Epic Knights, was inspired by Saint Michael’s College.  Epic Knights has been downloaded in over 70 countries, been featured in the app store and has 4/5 stars.

Not only do these guys live in Vermont, they live to make gamesIf you want a game made, they can make it for you!

Check ’em out!

 

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Loveopolis.com
Online Dating just got a Whole Lot Better!

Looking for that “someone special”? Want to help a friend find “the one”?

Loveopolis, a startup based in Burlington, Vermont can help! Loveopolis is a new online dating platform that not only incorporates your closest friends (single or married) in your quest to find love, but also allows you to browse “Matches” that have the same interests as you. Soon you’ll be able to create an account and your “Inner Circle”, a group of your closest friends you trust and can share anything with. Your Inner Circle can give you feedback and even recommend matches they think will be the best fit for you. Bounce thoughts off them – what do they think of this match?

Loveopolis also have “Vouches” – you can vouch for a friend or check to see the vouches of your match. That way you’ll know if your match is really as awesome as they say they are. It’s not just an online dating platform, it’s a community of people helping people to find their match.

Request an Invite to their Beta launching later this year at Loveopolis.com and be sure to follow their “Road to Launch” at Blog.Loveopolis.com.

If you’re looking for love or know a friend who’s looking, check out Loveopolis…it’s free!

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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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the vermont sail freight project
farm to plate, powered by sail

Created by Erik Andrus, a farmer in Ferrisburgh, Vermont, The Vermont Sail Freight Project is a carbon neutral transport initiative connecting the farms and forests of Vermont with the lower Hudson Valley. Bringing our amazing made in Vermont products all the way to the big Apple on a boat? YES! How Vermont is that?

This boat  will bring that made in Vermont, natural freshness right down the river to the lucky consumers in New York City and all carbon neutral. What a great idea. Not new, just great to be going back to our roots.

And this sailing barge won’t be coming back to Vermont empty. It’ll be filled with goods. Yes, we do make a lot of what we need in Vermont except for maybe a handful of staples such as olive oil, chocolate, sugar and coffee, to name a few. Carbon neutral up the river they’ll come.

This is a win-win and one to watch.

And by the way, Erik’s a rice farmer and a lot more. Check out Vermont Rice, Boundbrook FarmGood Companion Bakery. No need to be putting any rice or bread on that sailing barge as it heads north again.

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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?