PICTURED FROM LEFT to right: Laura Mack, of lu•lu ice cream parlor, Eliza Benton of Bar Antidote and Hired Hand Brewing Co., Dickie Austin of The Black Sheep and Park Squeeze, Matt Birong of Three Squares, Andrea Cousineau of Black Sheep and Park Squeeze, and Ian Huizenga of Bar Antidote and Hired Hand Brewing.
Independent photo / Steve James
VERGENNES — On any given day, Vergennes’ downtown is a postcard-perfect Vermont city. Community members and visitors peruse the shops for locally-made gifts, gather in City Park, and eat in one of the many restaurants.
The weekends often feature special events organized by community members themselves or by the local non-profit organization The Vergennes Partnership. Vergennes’ Main Street is a charming center, but it is also a striking illustration of the vitality of the city.
“[The Vergennes Partnership is] so good at putting things on that make for a rich community life and make people...
MATTHEW DELIA-LOBO works on a coffee creation at Royal Oak Coffee on Seymour Street in Middlebury.
Photo by Hope Allison
MIDDLEBURY — On the wall in Royal Oak Coffee, alongside the hanging plants and stylish geometric artwork, is a brightly-colored print entitled “The New Taster’s Flavor Wheel.” With more than fifty flavor and aroma possibilities, it’s clear that our collective understanding of coffee isn’t what it used to be. The wheel — and Royal Oak Coffee itself — represents the new kind of cafe experience that’s come to Middlebury.
In a cozy one-room house, next to Fire and Ice on Seymour Street, co-owners Alessandra and Matthew Delia-Lobo have created a haven for the caffeine-addicted and coffee-obsessed...