Thankful 1-2-3

nothing says LOCALEvery year about this time, I start encouraging everyone to shop locally, for all sorts of very good reasons, not the least of which are so simply spelled out by this sign.

But this year, when companies like Walmart and Target announced that they will open on Thanksgiving, my stomach turned. I poetically and actually was sickened by this news. So now more than ever, I urge you all to consider where you spend your money this holiday season! Obviously the Moretown Artisans Sale is a great place to get your holiday shopping done while supporting local businesses. But there are a lots of other events and local shops you can consider this holiday season. Here are my Holiday Shopping 1-2-3 lists to help you navigate this year. Thanks for supporting local businesses!!

Favorite Art Shows:

Favorite Shops for Gifts:

  • Onion River Sports – Montpelier – This is the best locally owned gear shop around. Their staff is knowledgeable and friendly, their stock is big and full of variety and their prices are competitive.
  • The Store – Waitsfield – Got a foodie on your shopping list? This is the place to check out. Everything from cookware to cooking classes, you’ll find the perfect gift for the Kitchen-istas on your list
  • Stowe Street Emporium – Waterbury – Cards, gifts, ornaments, you name it. The Stowe Street Emporium is full of great gifts, big and small for everyone you can think of!

Favorite Grocery Stores:

  • Sunflower Natural Foods – They have an entire floor dedicated to bulk products and they carry Heady Topper. Win/Win!
  • Mehuron’s Market – With a great selection produce, local foods and groceries, you can round out your visit with a stop in the liquor store in the back! One stop shopping!
  • Uncommon Market – Montpelier – Avoid the lines and still get your groceries (and your wine!)

Favorite Places to Drink & Dine:

  • Three Penny Taproom – Montpelier – Pair a beer from their always impressive beer selection with anything on their menu, but in particular, the burgers or the wings. Their soup is nuts too.
  • Prohibition Pig – Waterbury – My absolute favorite place for a cocktail. Or two. But if you have more, be sure to eat something from their delectible menu to stay balanced!
  • The Mad Taco – Waitsfield – Killer Tacos. Killer Beer. Need I say more?

Never Too Early

Playoff Baseball is on. Halloween isn’t for a few weeks. Thanksgiving is well over a month out. But let’s start talking about the Moretown Artisans’ Sale anyway! It’s never too early to start talking about winter and Christmas, right?

We are still in the planning process and will be posting tons more info soon, but here’s what we know so far:

  • The 2013 Moretown Artisans’ Sale will be December 14 & 15 at the Moretown Elementary School! As always it will feature a great selection of gifts made by some seriously talented Vermont Artists as well as live entertainment and food.
  • If you are interested in having a booth, please email megsevents@gmavt.net for more info.  Booths are very limited and they sell out quickly so if you’d like to participate, contact us right away. We can’t promise that you will get it, but the sooner you get in touch with us, the better.
  • If you are a musician interested in performing, please email megsevents@gmavt.net. We will have a variety of live performances, from kids to pros. If you’d like to be a part of our line up, let us know!

Christmas in July?

The holidays are a ways away, but it’s never too early to save the date for the best local holiday shopping sale around!

So mark down the Moretown Artisans’ Sale on your calendars for Saturday December 14 and Sunday December 15, 2013 at the Moretown Elementary School. This is ALL the info we have now.

If you are an artist interested in participating at the MAS, please email Meg at megsevents@gmavt.net and we will get you on our mailing list.

Thanks and cheers!