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holdster usa
leather canning jar travel mugs

it’s not a typo, you read it correctly. a holdster converts your mason jars into the coolest leather-bound mug. seriously cool.

they’re made of leather, thread and copper. so simple. it’s one of those things you think should have been around forever.

take a look at their different models some with a cross-stitch and some with rivets – all handcrafted in burlington, vermont. if you want one, you’ll have to back them on kickstarter (make sure to watch their video) or wait until their kickstarter project is funded so they can make more!

they have the best mission ever:
“to help people enjoy their drinks; MORE. To offer a product that feels like it was made 100 years ago, was delivered to them by Daniel Day Lewis’ character in there will be blood, and could be their great grandchild’s keepsake 100 years from now.”

mission complete.

daily chocolate

all handmade in vergennes, vermont these daily chocolates are unique and delicious. owned by chocolatier jen roberts and her husband judd markowski, these chocolates are:

  • made in small batches
  • hand cut & dipped
  • GMO free
  • made with local & organic ingredients when possible (monument farms & cabot creamery, just to name a couple)

besides having the basic chocolate bars (dark, milk and white), daily chocolate also creates these flavor combinations:

  • black rum caramels
  • cara -mallows (that would be marshmallow, caramel & dark chocolate)
  • caramel pretzels
  • cherry wine clusters
  • coconut clusters
  • coconut lime creams
  • delightful bars (coconut, almonds, dark chocolate)
  • english toffees
  • ginger orange clusters
  • macadamia nut caramels
  • peanut butter fingers
  • pecan turtles
  • peppermint patties
  • tangerine infused dark chocolate with sliced apricot

or maybe barks are your thing – check out this impressive list – one for every mood:

  • classic almond
  • fruity
  • hazelnut cherry
  • lemon lavender
  • midnight mocha
  • moroccan
  • mountain (toffee, almonds, coconut, cherries, dark chocolate)
  • mr. great (almonds, sea salt, milk chocolate)
  • pistachio green chili
  • toffee almond
  • village (milk chocolate with toasted hazelnuts, cinnamon and espresso)

 don’t you think you should be eating your daily chocolate?

start today.

abel & lovely
I AM abel and lovely, and together, WE ARE abel and lovely

originally a shop in charlotte, vermont, abel and lovely has re-invented itself as an online shop supporting community based women’s causes. as of now they sell a wide range of items from abel & lovely soaps, t-shirts, onesies to totes, aprons and candles.

and even more interesting is their new t-shirt project  “I AM Abel & Lovely”. they are partnering with the vermont cancer center this october to support local cancer research and supportive patient care.
   
here’s how it works: you buy one of their cool abel & lovely t-shirts and show up at burlington’s waterfront boathouse on october 6th wearing your shirt and join the photo shoot! 

with a mission “to empower all women to own the truth that authentic beauty comes from within” how can you not buy one of their t-shirts?

how strong and abel and lovely are you?

douglas sweets
traditional shortbread and other scottish treats

ok, we know shortbread is scottish and we’re talking about shortbread made in vermont. this scottish shortbread is absolutely delicious and we think you won’t be buying the imported stuff anymore once you’ve tasted these sweets!

douglas sweets are made from an old family recipe with the finest vermont ingredients. they’ve got a wide variety of choices:

chocolate dipped biscuits

  • cappuccino
  • chocolate – dark, milk & white
  • coconut
  • creme dementhe
  • hot chile
  • lemon
  • orange spice
  • pistachio lavender
  • raspberry
  • vermont maple (of course)

traditional squares

  • sandwich filled chocolate dipped
  • scottish s’more
  • peanut butter
  • raspberry dark chocolate
  • raspberry white chocolate

they also give back. we love that they have created a line of scottish scones in memory of sam cohn and all profits go to sam’s foundation.

you can find douglas sweets at these stores  or better yet, order online today!

p.s. they’ll be at the burlington wine & food festival on june 23rd

red kite candy
handcrafted varieties of caramels, toffees and nougats*

when they say they are made in vermont, they aren’t kidding around. most of the ingredients that goes into this candy are also made in vermont – from the 100% organic milk & cream, to the award-winning maple syrup and honey, to the european-style cultured butter. yum!

they make milk and dark chocolate toffee as well as these caramels  – original, maple, chai, sea salt, pecan. and all can be bought directly on their site or at one of these many stores around new england and beyond.

wcax in burlington did a great story on red kite candy and you can see how it’s made!

here’s our favorite quote from their site that says it only about red kite candy as a company as well as vermont:

“we are part of a network of local farmers, artisans and craftspeople that care deeply about what we do.  The results show in the “no compromise” products we craft.”

they make great gifts – next time you’re having company or visiting a friend – grab some red kit candy!

coming soon: wedding favors.

* nougats will be back in the fall.

 tonewood maple cube

tonewood maple
maple tree adoption program and premium-branded line of maple products

do you love maple syrup? want to spread the maple love – then tonewood is for you. these maple products are “single-sourced unblended and free of additives.”

everything maple, creative, innovative and sustainable are the words that jump to mind when we think of tonewood maple. how can we not love this concept and their amazingly sleek packaging and design.

tonewood has teamed up with local sugar makers  in the mad river valley and when you adopt one of their maple trees you’re not only getting to enjoy the maple goodies from their trees but you’re supporting these producers, their future and the maple industry as a whole. this is a win-win for all.

tonewood is committed to preserving family owned sustainable maple farming.  unfortunately small producers are threatened by both environmental and economic factors.  climate change is disrupting the harvest season and reducing collection.  to protect future maple production, tonewood supports the proctor maple research center, a leader in maple research and education.

adopt a tree for yourself (hey, who wants to share maple syrup), your family or give adopt a tree as a gift – it’s a gift that keeps on giving. look at what your adoption benefits include, you get:

1. to learn about your tree
2. to learn about maple production
3. to support local sugar makers and their tradition
4. to support vermont’s maple industry
5. FOUR GRADE COLLECTION – 4 bottles of maple syrup of different grades
6. SWEET PAIRINGS shipment that includes a maple cube, eight wafers, two of their sweetest delicacies.

how can you beat that? and by the way – did you know you can buy all tonewood’s amazing products each on their own as well:

four grade collection
maple wafers
maple cream
maple cube
maple flakes
maple seasoning

do you know how good maple is for you? maple syrup is considered to be the next superfood!

laughing moon chocolates handmade and dipped in stowe vermont

laughing moon chocolates
handmade chocolates

these are some seriously good chocolates. handmade, hand-dipped, once you try one of these chocolates you’ll want to try them all. let them know which one is your favorite!

with an extensive product line from truffles to turtles, clusters to caramels and butter creams to bars there is something for everyone at any time:

butter creams
cheese truffles
chocolate caramel apples
clusters
cookies (chocolate covered, of course)
fudge
meltaways
salted caramels
signature chocolate bars*
truffles
turtles

we love laughing moon, not only because their name makes us smile or because their chocolates are delicious but because they are socially responsible and doing their part to source everything local. as members of the vermont fresh network, they have an impressive list of local vermont products used in their chocolates. they have thought about their packaging – and have made most of it compostable including their clear cellophane bags. we love that.

laughing moon also has creative feel good chocolate options too! they market gift boxes and bars such as like water for chocolate and waterbury chocolate where part of the proceeds are going to great causes they believe in.

best part is that they are located right in stowe village and you can visit and watch their free chocolate dipping demo daily at 2pm and even join a workshop. Here’s a fun video on how they make candy canes. AND you can order all their chocolates online too.

*chocolate bar flavors include: dark, milk, white, chipotle cinnamon, espresso, dark with peppermint, dark with cardamom, dark with sea salt & black pepper, dark with wasabi and ginger and dark with hot smoked paprika.

 

maple landmark
educational wooden toys, games and gifts

in this high tech world we live in, there is really nothing better than good old fashioned wooden toys. from blocks, to cars and trucks to puzzles and rocking horses, maple landmark has it all – and they are made right here in vermont! how can you beat that?

check out the awards they’ve won so far, 41 at press time. that’s impressive!

their products are made locally (think green) and have a high level of product safety and quality. these toys and games are meant to last!

after you check out all their great products, you can find a store that sells their toys here. it shouldn’t be a problem because they sell to over 2200 gift shops and toy stores both nationally and internationally.

they’ve also had great press – which you can see here, including a piece on cnn.

everyone has a little someone in their life who should have one of these made in vermont toys!

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!

skida sport - sport your colors on the trail
skida

sport your color on the trail

it all started in december, 2007 when vermont skier corinne prevot made some hats for her burke mtn. academy teammates and friends. these were no ordinary hats! made of lycra in some of the coolest, brightest colors – they were unique, eye-catching and soon enough everyone wanted one!
today, corinne is at middlebury and her skida hats are everywhere! it’s not just hats anymore either. with a huge selection of colors – fleece lined or not – there is a hat/neck warmer/headband/bandana for everyone!
we think corinne is an inspiration to any student (actually anyone) who has an idea. yes, you can make it a reality!
 you’ll know a skida hat when you see one!