Business Matters: Local Shops Announce Extended Hours During Holiday Season

December 7, 2011

in Business Matters,News

Larry Perry, chairman of the Village Business Alliance (VBA) committee of the Woodstock Chamber, announced that over 20 Village businesses will extend hours during the holiday season. They will remain open until 7 PM on Fridays and until 6 PM on Saturdays beginning November 25 through December 23.
In Larry’s continuing effort to assist in promoting local businesses just as a rising tide lifts all boats, Woodstock Home & Hardware is including the names of participating shops in its November 23 ad in the Vermont Standard. In addition, Woodstock Home & Hardware will promote those businesses open extended hours on its reader sign board, rotating the business names throughout the holiday season.
Here’s an opportunity for the entire community of businesses to maximize the holiday shopping opportunities for both residents and visitors during the busiest season of the year.

Rotary Club Kicks Off Christmas
Tree Sale Friday

This season, the Woodstock Rotary Club has purchased 250 choice Christmas trees directly from Vermont growers for its annual sale. The freshly-cut fir trees, as well as wreaths, will be available for sale in front of the Masonic Temple on Pleasant Street beginning Friday afternoon, November 25. The club is particularly pleased to be offering the best quality trees available, all grown on Vermont tree farms. Because of this, the popular tree sale is scheduled to open a week earlier than usual. Rotarians will be on hand daily until all trees are sold. An array of sizes will be available. All proceeds from the sale are distributed to local charities.

Who is Sylvia? Has New Owner
Jessica Abston, a Woodstock resident for nearly a decade who has worked at Who is Sylvia? with Janet Eller for four years, recently purchased the 216 Central Street retail store from Eller. Abston has had a lifelong interest in vintage handmade clothing and accessories. She began collecting vintage apparel during her college days at Colby.
According to Abston, Who is Sylvia? is one of the oldest shops of its type in the country featuring vintage clothing, accessories and linens. While the clothing collection is primarily aimed towards women, Abston plans to expand her collection for men.
Who is Sylvia? is joining with other businesses in Woodstock in extending hours during the holiday season. Abston says she’s excited about the prospect of collectively promoting Woodstock businesses.
Who is Sylvia? is open every day but Wednesdays from 10 AM – 5 PM.
For information, call 802-457-1110.
Home Hill Country Inn Adopts More Casual Dining Experience
Executive Chef Peter Varkonya recently announced that Plainfield, New Hampshire’s historic Home Hill Country Inn has altered the ambiance of the inn to reflect a more casual, less formal, presentation both in its restaurant as well as in its new and expanded bar. Peter, working with Innkeepers John and Mary Ruedisuek, has created a menu with greater appeal together with moderate pricing.
Chef Varkonya has had 12 years of experience working in restaurants in the United States, Mexico and in Europe as well as training at the New England Culinary Institute.
The restaurant at Home Hill Country Inn is open Wednesday through Sunday from 5 – 9 PM.
For more information, call 603-675-6165.
Distilling Operations
Proceed At Vermont Spirits In Quechee
The 5,000 square foot building at the east end of Quechee Gorge Village on Rt. 4 in Quechee is the new home of Vermont Spirits. Actually, this building was originally built at its former headquarters in St. Johnsbury. It was taken down, moved, and erected by Ennis Construction of Ascutney on the Quechee Gorge Village site.
The building houses an array of tanks, pipes and condensing equipment, a more complex process used in distilling the distinctive maple flavored vodka along with the bottling, packaging and shipping operations. The 1,000 square foot front section of the building facing Rt. 4 will house the display, sampling, and retail sales of Vermont Spirits. A section of the wall separating the sales and distilling area will allow visitors to view the distilling operation. This section is currently a work in progress with a target date for completion in late December.
The founder and distiller of Vermont Spirits is Harry Gorman. He began distilling vodka in a small building in St. Johnsbury in 2004 using the rich flavor of dark Maple syrup. Vermont Spirits currently produces its signature Vermont Gold Vodka, Vermont Light made from fermented milk sugar, and Vermont Spirits Limited Release, a top of the line vodka.
Gorman is continuing to broaden the spectrum of spirits by using Vermont grown products. He currently is making preparations to make apple brandy, a process that requires aging for at least two years. Oak casks are expected to arrive shortly enabling him to begin the process.
Vermont Spirits is considered a craft distiller as its current production does not exceed 50,000 cases annually. It is distributed throughout New England and Mid-Atlantic states with a significant presence in New York City. Locally, Woodstock Beverage carries Vermont Spirits.
Quechee resident Mimi Buttenheim serves as general manager as well as sales and marketing director for Vermont Spirits, a company comprised of nearly 40 shareholders with CEO Steve Johnson of Greenwich, CT as its president. Steve is a hands-on executive who devotes considerable time at the Vermont Spirits site.
When fully operational with its retail store as well as the distillery, Vermont Spirits will employ 6 full and part-time people.
Dwight Camp Recognized By Boy Scouts Of America
At a recent Woodstock Rotary Club meeting, Dwight Camp was presented a Certificate of Merit by Boy Scouts of America. In making the presentation, Nancy Gray, a longtime committee member of the local troop and Pack 220, cited Eagle Scout and former Boy Scout Chairman Dwight Camp for his meritorious action as the first Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team (DMORT) commander for the National Disaster Medical System for Region One that comprise the New England states. He currently serves in the Boy Scouts as Area Commissioner for the Green Mountain Council of Boy Scouts of America as well as a member of the Incident Response Coordination Team (IRCT). Dwight has been called upon in many disasters like Flight 800 off Long Island, the Twin Towers collapse, and Hurricane Katrina.
Also attending the Rotary Club meeting was local chairman and Eagle Scout Matt Maxham who presented an award to Nancy Gray for her four decades of faithful service to the local Boy Scout troop and Cub Scout pack.
The Woodstock Rotary Club was the chartering organization for the local troop and has provided funding for Boy Scout activities.
Annual Holiday Bazaar At Thompson Center
Ann Sadowski announced that the annual Holiday Bazaar will be held at the Thompson Center on Saturday, December 3 from 9 AM until 1 PM. This popular event features fresh-baked goods, holiday gifts, and handcrafted items.
King’s Daughters Continue Holiday Tradition
The King’s Daughters of Woodstock is continuing its holiday tradition of providing turkey, ham, or chicken dinners to families in need at Christmas in the Barnard, Bridgewater, Pomfret and Woodstock areas. In addition, members furnish toys for children, gifts for teens, and make home visits to area shut-ins.
The only requirement is that food boxes and toys/gifts must be reserved in advance. All items will be available for pick-up on Wednesday, December 23 between 9 AM and Noon at the Masonic Temple in Woodstock.
If you are in need, or know of someone in need, simply contact either Bev Kinne at 457-1078 or Leslie Lewis at 457-4031.
Donations to help with expenses are most welcome and appreciated. Checks can be made payable to King’s Daughters, 171 Dana Road, Woodstock, VT 05091
The King’s Daughters stand ready to help those in need at Christmas.
 The purpose of this column is to primarily recognize what is happening in the business community. If you have news of a business nature, you may reach Paul Bousquet via e-mail at Paulbousquet@comcast.net or by phone at 802-457-9256.

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