Shop Locally for Toys, Coffee, Caviar, Candy and More — A Sampling of Downtown Shops

by Carla Occaso

MONTPELIER — The Bridge can report where you can get partridge this holiday season — but not sure about the pear tree — at local shops. Here is a sampling of merchants who decorated their windows with twinkling lights and desirable gifts. Window shopping might entice you to step inside …

Also, many merchants are extending hours to coincide with free holiday parking — a gift from the City of Montpelier.

TOYS — Woodbury Mountain Toys, 24 State St.

First, for the toys. According to owner Karen Williams, Woodbury Toys on State Street has over 500 games and a great science section. They also have the locally made Pinbox 3000 as well. “Our shelves are overflowing with great gifts for all the kids and kids at heart on your list.”

Holiday hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays.

COMESTIBLES — Alla Vita, 27 State St.

Alla Vita's holiday display

Alla Vita’s holiday display

Extended hours: Sunday, Dec. 18, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Specials include a free wine tasting Dec. 17 from 2 to 4 p.m. Also, three different sizes of Oil & Vinegar Gift Packs. In addition, entertaining offerings include basil and goat cheese pesto, sun dried tomato pesto, house made fig and olive tapenade, Stonewall Kitchen crackers and pasta.

Capitol Grounds, 27 State St.

Capitol Grounds has gifts for coffee lovers, says coffee roaster Christopher Pyatak in an email to The Bridge. They have three new Costa Rican micro lots and “Higueron” — a flavorful and fruit-forward coffee. Finally the “Genesis” is a wonderful and very limited, exclusive coffee.

Also, Bernie’s Beans, 20 percent of proceeds going to the Vermont Veterans Fund, over $15,000 raised last year.

Delish, Montpelier’s Sweet Shop, 5 State St.

Delish has hand-pulled candy canes, peppermint bark, nonpareils, smooth-n-melty mints, Holland mints, sour Santa gummies, new French creams by Oliver’s, stem cordial cherries, mini ribbon candy, Sugar Plum gummies by Jelly Belly and more.

Hunger Mountain Coop, Stone Cutter’s Way

According to community relations manager Stephani Kononan, “Hunger Mountain Coop features over 2,000 products, including handmade soaps, pottery, ecologically grown flowers, wines and beers, artisanal cheeses, handcrafted baked goods. Also gift cards are available online at or in store, open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Heady Topper is in every day now (1-four pack per person), until sold out.”

Uncommon Market, 1 School St.

Caviar, Partridges and oysters…what’s on your holiday table? Asks Sharon Allen, co-owner of Uncommon Market. “We do an incredible amount of special orders this time of year. You can see what we offer here on the website at for Holiday Special ordering. People are eating oysters, partridges, standing rib roasts, whole fish, alaskan king crab, lobsters, caviar, venison, capons, stuffed pork roasts basically you name it.”

APPAREL/GEAR — Onion River Sports/The Shoe Horn, 20 Langdon St.

From Caroline Zeilenga at Onion River Sports — the store will start its 12 Days of Discounts where each day a new, holiday deal is revealed. Shoppers can find discounts by looking at our window display, or by visiting the Facebook page. Also as part of Onion River Sports’ holiday events, The Shoe Horn is doing a special Wish for It, Win It event now through Dec. 24. Visit for info. The store will keep a ‘wish list’ from shoppers available to family and friends (like a gift registry). Everyone who creates a wish list will be entered into a drawing on Dec. 24 to win a ‘Shop Local’ gift pack, from The Shoe Horn, The Skinny Pancake, Capitol Grounds and Capital Kitchen.”

Holiday Hours: Monday through Friday, Dec 12-16 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 17 9 a.m. to 8pm; Sunday, Dec. 18 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Monday through Friday, Dec. 19-23, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday Dec. 24 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Salaam, 40 State St.

From Sarah Lesser, of Salaam Boutique, “We are staying open late for the last few days before Christmas: Wednesday Dec. 21 to Friday, Dec. 23 open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 24 (Christmas Eve), we will be closing early at 3 p.m. We are also running a special on all of our clearance items — for every $50 spent you get an extra $10 off. $50 becomes $40, $100 is $80, etc. Items include winter/ holiday stuff — down jackets, sweaters (cashmere and otherwise) and gifts.

Zutano, 79 Main St.

From Sylvia Thompson: Items at Zutano (children’s clothing store) are always at least a 20 percent off discount every day, and for the holidays the store will be doing a special promotion where you can get an additional discount.

KITCHEN — Capital Kitchen, 18 State St.

From Jessica Turner — extended hours start Dec. 16, open until 7 p.m. during the week (10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Sunday), opens at 9 a.m. Christmas Eve. “The item that continues to fly off the shelf for us is the Swedish dishcloth. It’s a thin little sponge/cloth that replaces the need for paper towels.”

PET GIFTS AND SUPPLIES — Quirky Pet, 5 State St.

From owner Cindra Conison, “I have been giving away hot cider and animal crackers since Thanksgiving and will continue until Christmas.”

THEATER — Capitol Theater, 93 State St.

Lost Nation Theater, 39 Main St. season passes, tickets and gift certificates.

Savoy Theater, 26 Main St.

From James O’Hanlon of the Savoy Theater — You can get gift certificates, Lake Champlain hot cocoa with whipped cream and candy canes. New baked goods. Matinees during the week between Christmas and New Years’.

GIFTS/OTHER — Capitol Stationers, 65 Main St.

According to Eric Bigglestone, Capitol Stationers has holiday wrapping supplies and gifts. Also, chocolates, maple, cards, t-shirts and other neat gifty things. Open until 8 p.m. from Dec. 19 through Dec. 23.

Also, do not miss these amazing local shops:

Splash Naturals, 68 Main St.,, make-up, skincare, aromatherapy, gifts & apparel. Comfy sleepwear and slippers.

Cheshire Cat, 28 Elm St.,, art, craft and artful clothing

Artisan’s Hand, 89 Main St.,, craftwork of Vermont’s craft community. Jewelry, glassware, weaving, pottery and more. Amazing array of arts.

Aromed, 8 State St.,, aromatherapy oils and supplies.

Katie’s Jewels, 6 State St.,, Jewelry and gift shop. Antique restoration. Reliable repair.

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