Heard on the Street

HEARD ON THE STREET: 12.6.18

Local Coupons Available The Buy Local coupon book sponsored by Local First Vermont is available at several Central Vermont retailers. The book costs $20 and offers more than $3,000 in discounts at Vermont businesses. It is available in Montpelier at Capitol Grounds, Capitol Stationers, Onion River Outdoors, Savoy Theater, and Woodbury Mountain Toys. Coupons are […]

Green Mountain Transit Considers Paratransit Service for Central Vermont

By Michelle A.L. Singer Green Mountain Transit is considering the creation of a dedicated “paratransit” van service as part of its NextGen Transit plan, which also aims to increase route efficiency and improve customer service. Community-wide discussions are ongoing for proposed changes to key local bus routes, including the Montpelier Circulator, Barre Hospital Hill, Montpelier […]

HEARD ON THE STREET: 11.1.18

Aubuchon Expands into Former Flower Shop Aubuchon Hardware is expanding into the former flower shop space next door, a change that will increase the store’s footprint by about 15 percent, according to Aubuchon store manager Henry Witte. The new space, which will be used primarily for housewares and kitchenware, had been left vacant when Petals […]

HEARD ON THE STREET: 10.18.18

Local Favorite “Session Americana” to Play Opera House Session Americana, a Boston-based band that blends vintage American roots music styles and was a fan favorite in the heyday of the legendary Langdon Street Café in Montpelier, is set to play at the Barre Opera House at 7:30 pm on Saturday, Oct. 27. Dan Casey, director […]

HEARD ON THE STREET: 9.20.18

Morse Farm Ski Touring Center Closing Shocks Skiers Local cross-country skiers and snowshoers were saddened to learn this week that the Morse Farm Ski Touring Center in East Montpelier will not reopen this winter, after 17 years of operation. A statement emailed to customers by the five partners of the ski operation, and also posted […]

HEARD ON THE STREET: 9.6.18

Montpelier Restaurants Continue to Disappear It’s a tough time to be a restaurant in Montpelier, it appears. After just four months of wowing local palates, Banchan—run by An Na, her mother Jin Suk, and sister, Jin An—closed its doors in August after Suk decided to retire and return to California. This comes after the closing […]

HEARD ON THE STREET: 8.16.18

Kool Runninz Finds a New Home (for Now) Jerk chicken fans may have been dismayed to find the Jamaican pop-up restaurant Kool Runninz gone from their location at the corner of Granite and Barre streets last week. According to co-owner Tiffany Knibb, the state asked them to move and make way for the bike path […]

HEARD ON THE STREET: 8.2.18

Salaam Moves, Rebel Heart to Open, Vacant Storefront Filled The fashion boutique, Salaam, vacated one store front on State Street and moved a few doors down into the space which housed Vermont Trading Company for 25 years. Salaam is fully open for business at the new location and will hold a grand opening on August […]

HEARD ON THE STREET: 7.5.18

New Building to Replace State Street Gulf Station The recent removal of the old gas tanks at the closed Gulf Station at 105 State Street, next to the Pavilion Office Building, opens the way for the anticipated sale of the station to Thom Lauzon,  former mayor of Barre and a real estate investor and developer. […]

HEARD ON THE STREET: 6.21.18

Betsy’s Bed and Breakfast Closes After 27 Years After a long and successful run operating Betsy’s Bed and Breakfast on East State Street in Montpelier, Jon and Betsy Anderson have a contract to sell their familiar pink Victorian house, where they lived and which housed the three original B&B guest rooms.  Eventually, with the purchase […]