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Montpelier Update: January 7, 2021

posted at 8:49 am Fri Jan 8th, 2021 by (WherezIt_Staff)


Montpelier Update

January 7, 2021

Thank You From a Local Merchant

The following was posted on Front Porch Forum by Cindra Collison, owner of The Quirky Pet, and reprinted with permission. 

This is the ninth holiday season for The Quirky Pet on State. This was far from the highest grossing season but it was by far the most gratifying. Along with every other business downtown, I had absolutely no idea what to plan for. How much to stock the shelves. How to present products in a way that people could get in and out quicker and yet would still be offered the full experience that their dogs and/or cats deserve. There was even greater uncertainty, knowing that the compliment of out of towners wouldn't be in our shops as expected all the way from Thanksgiving through Christmas.

Post-Christmas, the only emotion I am left with is profound gratitude that so many neighbors made a point to come downtown to shop at stores like mine this year. Seeing people actually standing outside in the cold on State waiting to get inside my shop is humbling beyond words. Years back, Church Street Marketplace was exploring Montpelier's Quirky Pet as a potential core anchor for what they hoped would become a block of engaging smaller footprint 'only in Vermont' businesses north of Ben & Jerry's below the Unitarian Church. There was a rationale. Over the years, as the Vermont State Canine Ambassador, Anuzzo had become a very familiar and beloved fixture on Church Street and Church Street foot traffic is exponentially greater. Actually, there was no decision to make. Simply stated, downtown Montpelier is where a small pet shop like mine needs to be. Where it will always be. 2020 has been incredibly tough on small businesses in cities and towns across the world. So many in our community going out of their way to shop in their downtown in the hard times is such a meaningful affirmation. Rest assured, the lines in the cold waiting to get in didn't go unnoticed by your neighbors with businesses in downtown Montpelier and the lines will never be forgotten. In good times as well as in hard times, we are all incredibly grateful to be a valued part of this community. Act smart. Stay safe. The bottom line is that now more than ever we are all in this together.

--- Cindra


Contribute to a Community Art Project

A quilt is a covering, it makes one feel at home, safe. Our charge for most of the year has been to stay safe as individuals and stay home for the strength and health of the community at large. Montpelier Alive is launching a new public art project, the "Tumbling Blocks" quilt, to stitch together our community.  

Individual designs created by the community at home will be glued onto panels to come together as a community quilt.

The “quilt” will be installed on the large panel walls at the Transit Center in Montpelier, VT for all to see. We will unveil the quilt in March 2021 to mark one year of the COVID-19 pandemic impacting our community. 

We will wrap a blanket around the community. We want YOU to be part of this project! How can you be involved? Download our quilt template, unleash your artistic passions, turn in the completed template, and your art will be part of our larger piece! 

Thank you to AARP for supporting this project. 

Learn More and Download the Template

Montpelier Updates

  • Bear Pond Books: As of January 2, 2021, open regular winter hours: Weekdays 10-6, Saturday 10-5, closed Sundays.
  • Capital City Farmer's Market: Winter market will operate outdoors at the 133 State Street parking lot on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month from 11am-1pm, starting Saturday, January 9, 2021.

  • The Cheshire Cat: The storefront will be CLOSED January 1-13. The online store remains open 24/7. During this time, Cheshire Cat will be available for in-store shopping by appointment only and cannot accommodate walk-in visits. Appointments must be scheduled 48 hours in advance. To schedule an appointment, email Beginning January 14th,  regular hours resume: Tuesday through Saturday, 10am-5pm. Closed Sunday and Monday.

  • The Front: untitled [recent work] by Ned Richardson runs January 8th through January 31st. Join gallery members and the artist for a limited occupancy opening reception Friday, November 8th, 4:00-7:00 PM. The Front is open Saturdays and Sundays 11-2 or by appointment. Join us for Ned’s artist talk via Zoom on Tuesday, January 19th at 7 PM: email for the link.

  • Hunger Mountain Co-op: Now open 9 am – 7 pm. Please reserve the 9 am – 10 am hour for high-risk shoppers. 

  • Oakes and Evelyn  is a modern farm-to-table restaurant opening in early February at 52 State Street. Reservations are now open for indoor dining at dinner beginning on February 3 at and brunch starting March 6. Takeout will also be available. 

  • Sarducci’s: Open for indoor dining on Friday and Saturday evenings from 4-7:30 starting 1/8/21. Open for takeout 12-7pm 7 days a week. Menu available at

  • Three Penny Taproom: Open for curbside pickup/takeout and delivery Tuesday through Thursday 11-8 and Friday - Saturday 11-9. Order at 

  • Roam: Closed from January 4-9.

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