Starting on October 2 — A New Décor and Added Offerings at La Brioche

by Nat Frothingham Changes are coming, almost immediately, to La Brioche, Montpelier’s busy coffee shop, bakery and café at the downtown corner of State and Main. La Brioche will close as early as Monday, Sept. 25 and re-open a week later on Oct. 2 with a new décor and a complete makeover. During a spirited […]

Spotlight on Restaurants — Time Honored Fare and a Hot New Scene on Barre St.

by Carla Occaso MONTPELIER — The downtown restaurant scene has endured and evolved over the decades. The Bridge took a moment to put a spotlight on a random handful of eateries — old and new. A longtime favorite with a loyal following is J. Morgan’s, at the Capitol Plaza Hotel on State Street. With elegant […]

Perennial Pleasures

by Glennis Drew EAST HARDWICK — The Tea Garden at Perennial Pleasures Nursery, and the Nursery itself, have closed for the season, heralding the end of summer 2017.  The gardens and nursery, run by Rachel Kane, will blossom again on May 5, 2018; the summer teas and gift shop overseen by her mother, Judith, will […]

Scribner Sisters Revive Settlement Farm Stand in Middlesex

Lit Pumpkin Display Planned for Oct. 27 and 28 by Nat Frothingham Middlesex — Samantha and Olivia Scribner have re-opened the Scribner family farm stand at the 1782 Settlement Farm in Middlesex — about five miles from Montpelier on U.S. Route 2. “So glad they are open again,” was a thrilled message on the Settlement […]

Local Beer and Local Pubs — a Win for Montpelier

by Michael Bielawski MONTPELIER —  Whether its dim lights and pool tables or bright lights and big TVs (and more pool tables), the capital city bar scene has got late-night crawlers, after-work escapees and mid-afternoon journalists all covered. And they all have a healthy share of local beers. One of the most visible spots on […]

Uncommon Market to Host a 10th Anniversary Party on October 2nd — Everyone’s Invited

by Nat Frothingham Uncommon Market — the popular corner store and deli at the intersection of Elm and School Streets — is throwing a party to celebrate the 10th anniversary of its opening, and everyone’s invited. Over the years, Uncommon Market has become both a business success and a neighborhood and downtown anchor point. If […]

September 21–October 4, 2017


Clean Water Fund Board Seeks Public Input on Budget Deadline Sept. 28 MONTPELIER — The Clean Water Fund Board is accepting public comments on their Clean Water Fund Budget ( for the next fiscal year. The fund supports municipalities, farmers and others in making investments in projects to improve water quality. Your participation will help […]