Birnam Wood Games
Independent Game Developers
Birnam Wood Games is a small gaming studio located in, you guessed it, Burlington, Vermont! We love that they call BTV their home.
Have an idea for a game? or an app? Let this team create it for you. BWGames will design it and develop it from scratch just like they have for Seven Days, Echo, JDK, Efficiency Vermont and Superconductor.
Or just try one of their own games:
– 8Bitfit – mobile game you win by running and walking – as in actually running (currently in beta)
– Loc – 3D puzzle game. See how it works here.
– Pathogen – turn based strategy game to be released Fall 2013
Birnam Wood Games is one to watch!
p.s. keep an eye out for 8Bitfit & Pathogen – they’ll be released this fall!
This great infographic says it all.
mad river food hub
supporting local food producers
The Mad River Food Hub in Waitsfield is a fully licensed, 40,000 sf storage, processing and distribution facility. Within Vermont, it was the first:
- for profit food hub
- shared use state-inspected meat processing facility
This is just the kind of partnering that Vermont needs to support our producers so they can continue to make and sell their made in Vermont foods for us all to enjoy. It allows small scale producers to share costs and grow their businesses. Producers can:
- rent a room by the day or weekly
- rent dry, refrigerated or frozen storage space
- become part of the weekly distribution to retail markets in vermont
Currently, the following producers are taking advantage of what the hub has to offer, you probably know of a few these and notice many are outside of the Mad River Valley:
This food hub is a win win for producers, consumers and the Vermont economy.
Thank you Mad River Food Hub for doing your part in supporting local business and bringing these made in Vermont products to a store near us!
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.
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?
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.
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)