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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 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.

vermont brownie company
the gourmet brownie that’s down to earth

think about it, when’s the last time you ate a brownie that was not made from a mix in a box? have you ever had a made-from-scratch brownie? if you had, you’d know. they are much better. and how about a made-from-scratch-with-local-vermont-ingredients? ever had a vermont brownie company brownie?

if not, it’s time. not only are their brownies made from local, wholesome, farm-fresh, all natural ingredients; they are original as well. check out this list of flavors:

try them on their own or with ice cream. and make sure to spread the vermont brownie company love with:

the testimonials are impressive. your mouth will be watering as you read. our favorite vermont brownie company moment in the news is their throwdown with bobby flay – it was their dark chocolate chèvre that got his attention – take a look – just awesome!

so what are you waiting for? buy a box of these homemade brownies today.

you deserve it.

yolo snacks
gourmet ready to eat popcorn

on their homepage they say that “yolo” is a made up word. well, technically it is – but nowadays many know yolo to be the acronym for you only live once!

it’s perfect. you do only live once. so, if you’re a popcorn fanatic like steve and peter, the yolo guys, then you should be eating yolo popcorn. it’s fresh iowa popcorn popped in vermont and tossed with
the best and purest vermont flavors” the yolo guys could find. their flavors include:

cleverly packaged in a clear bag, you can see exactly what you’re getting with this popcorn. all their popcorn is:

  • gluten free
  • whole grain
  • trans fat free
  • 100% natural

you can order online or find yolo snacks at any of these stores (and there are plenty).

yolo – so try a bag today!

zoë ink
custom letterpress + design

elegant. sophisticated. clever. beautiful. these are just a few of the words that come to mind as you look at zoë ink’s designs.

specializing in letterpress and silk-screen printing, zoë papas combines her passion for innovative design and old world techniques to create unique graphics for :

take a look at the logos and branding created by zoë ink – they’re all aesthetically pleasing and effectively communicate the feel of each company.

she’s even designed cards for that very-famous-stationery-company-that-we-know-you’ve-heard-of called crane & co. yes. it’s true take a look at these cards. maybe you recognize one or two? well, now you know they were designed by zoë ink from right here in burlington, vermont.

there’s a great selection of her cards you can buy directly from her website. 3 modern designs, queen anne’s lace and the retro trailer are just a few of our favorites.

whether you’re a startup looking for an identity, or needing a new web design, or a newly engaged couple looking for wedding invitations or just like beautiful letterpress cards, zoë ink offers a wide range of graphic design. it’s not just the high quality of the letterpress that leaves a lasting impression, it’s the designs themselves that stay with you.

our favorite quote from her site, “satisfying customers is only part of her goal. she wants them to be thrilled with their final product.

yes.

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.

vermont spirits distilling company
handcrafted, ultra-premium award-winning vermont vodkas

this company makes vodka with two things vermont is well-known for: maple sap and milk! vermont spirits distilling co. currently has three products that turn the essence of vermont into a spirit:

all three are:

  • handcrafted
  • made with local vermont spring water
  • triple distilled
  • made in small batches
  • gluten-free

the list of mentions and praise ranges from martha stewart to the new york times. not sure how to drink it? they have plenty of recipes for you to try.

as they say on their website:
“our goal is to produce vodkas with flavor…not flavored vodkas, as we distill each batch with the spirits connoisseur and love of fine food in mind.”

tata harper skincare
100% natural & non toxic beauty

have you ever wondered what’s really in that tube of lotion that you’re putting on your face? where does it come from? so much focus is put on what we are putting into our bodies, but what about what we’re putting onto our bodies?

tata harper makes 100% natural, non toxic premium skincare products from her 1,200 acre farm right here in vermont. not only does tata grow many of the ingredients herself, she also does everything from research, development and formulations to packaging, marketing and distribution right there on her farm. total control.

take a look at this list of ingredients which includes the source and function of each item. did you know that narcissus bulbs slow aging by improving elasticity and firmness? take a look – you’ll be surprised at the power of nature. tata harper skincare products are:

  • made with no harmful synthetics
  • toxin free
  • made from one of a kind formulas
  • results from natural actives
  • outstanding quality
  • eco friendly
  • handmade in vermont

so it’s not surprising that tata harper’s skincare has already made its way to hollywood. according to august’s vanity fair  both gwyneth paltrow and julianne moore use her products. and look at how much national recognition tata harper’s skincare has received, even on the today show. still not a believer? read these testimonials.

you can buy her products directly on her website or at these stores around the country.

read your labels. get active. spread the word and let tata harper lead you in the natural and non toxic skin care movement.

south end art hop
vermont’s largest exhibition of visual art

for 20 years the south end arts & business association (seaba) has been presenting the south end art hop – a 3 day exhibition of visual art in burlington’s pine street corridor. with 60+ participating sites & 600 artists, the art hop attracts more than 30,000 visitors who ‘hop’ along pine street celebrating the vibrant arts community.

the weekend’s line-up of events is long and impressive. come and enjoy:

  • concerts
  • light shows
  • comedy
  • artist market
  • kids hop
  • fashion show – strut! (the only event you need to buy tickets for)
  • juried art show
  • short film series
  • dog hop
  • pottery wheel demonstrations
  • brewery tours
  • taste the world
  • artist’s studios
  • and more…

here’s a full list of this year’s art hop events, where you’ll also find a full list of participating artists and sites as well this great map.

not sure how to start? check out this awesome “go-with-the-flow-chart” from seven days (sponsors of strut!) helping you navigate the art hop. it’s broken down for families, foodies, thrill seekers and foward thinkers. we love this clever chart!

the fun starts friday – so get hopping!

p.s. seaba’s thinking of having an artcar parade next year – if you like that cool idea email them at info@seaba.com with artcar parade in the subject line.

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.