October
9

Ethical Accessories: Global Fashion For Fall

From etched silver and ebony of Niger, to bomb shell brass in Cambodia, Ten Thousand Villages carries the most unique and storied jewelry pieces you'll find for fall.  Every item in the store is fairly traded and ethically sourced, ensuring environmental responsibility, healthy working conditions, and a fair wage for the makers who showcase their skill through craft.

The Slow Rain Earrings were crafted in India by makers from the Tara Projects artisan group.  Natural Materials (such as stone and bone) come together to deliver a bohemian style.  Both unique and timeless, these earrings are the perfect finishing touch for your favorite fall ensemble.  They will do good for your mood and for makers in India too.

The Ancient Temple Necklace and Earrings were handcrafted by makers at the Bombolulu Workshops in Mombasa, Kenya.  Brass bars are stacked like gold bricks and brushed to add texture.  Ten Thousand Villages partners with workshops like Bombolulu to establish sustainable income opportunities for makers, empowering them both economically and socially.

Traditional African designs are reimagined and made modern.  Elevate your denim with a handmade statement piece that brings an authentic global twist to the finished look.  

One of the makers responsible for creating the Ancient Temple Necklace and Earrings is Damon Achungo.  He was trained as a jewelry artisan in 2003 and has been working at the jewelry workshop ever since.  At 47 years old, he is married with four children.  Through his job as a jewelry-maker, he is able to contribute to some of his family's basic needs like buying food, paying for house rent and school fees for his children. 

Next time you're strolling down Church Street, stop inside Ten Thousand Villages to explore handcrafted items from around the world.  Maybe you'll find a perfect piece to update your fall wardrobe, or fall in love with a unique accent for your home. 

Related Tag: Fall


October
14

23 Years and Still Cooking

By Luke Wight of Kiss the Cook

 

“What should I write about?”
That was the question I struggled to answer.  It was an abundance of exciting topics, not a lack, that had me stumped.  So I decided I try and focus on some questions I’ve been hearing quite a bit lately. 


First, I think a brief introduction is appropriate.  My name is Luke, and as of July 1st, I’m fortunate enough to be the new owner of Kiss The Cook at 72-74 Church St.  

 “Are you a cook?”
As you might imagine, this a question I’ve been getting a lot lately.
Cooking (and eating) has always been something I enjoy and has long been a hobby of mine.  Sometimes, I’ll try a new meal, and it will turn out great, leaving my wife, who’s very particular, quite impressed.  Other times, it ends with the smoke detector going off and us ordering a pizza.   So in short, yes, I’m a cook, but not an expert, and it’s the ongoing learning process I enjoy the most.

“What are you going to change at the store?”
Another question I’ve heard and my answer is “hopefully very little”.  We want to make sure our customers continue to have the same great experiences they’ve had during Kiss the Cook’s nearly 23 years in business.  In fact, you’ll likely see many of the same familiar faces in the store if you come by for our Annual Anniversary Sale.  New ownership or not, 23 Years on the Church Street Marketplace is worth celebrating, so please come visit us October 17-19 for 20% OFF storewide!*

“What’s in season?”
This is a question we often hear in the store.


Obviously, a hallmark of fall in Vermont is the apple.  Last weekend, my wife and I went apple picking, and as usual we ended up with more apples than we could possibly eat.  We always seem to get carried away at the orchard. So, after pondering what to do with our bundles of apples, my wife was inspired and baked some delicious apple-walnut muffins.  So if you’re in a similar predicament, or are planning a trip to the orchard, finding ways to bake your apples will not disappoint.  Be sure to stop by the store, as we’ve got gadgets to help you slice, peel, and core your apples (including some contraptions that do all 3!).  We also have baking supplies, including pie plates from Emile Henry, and individual pie making kits!  Baking not your thing? Well you could drink your apples then, with Hard Cider Kits by Brooklyn Brew Shop.  Start soon and you’ll be drinking homemade hard cider by the holidays by turning your apples, or your premade “soft” cider, into Hard Cider!



Sometimes, you may not have questions, but you’re just looking for inspiration.
 

I find a cookbook a great place to start.  A current favorite of mine is The Vermont Farm Table Cookbook which is filled with recipes from local establishments, including a Vegan Chili recipe from City Market.  I turned this into a “vegetarian chili” when I topped it with cheddar cheese. Also, even if you’re not a vegetarian (I’m not) this is delicious, particularly served with another recipe from the book for Maple Corn Bread.  (Excuse me while I wipe the drool off the keyboard).  

You’ll need a Dutch oven to make this dish, which we have a great variety of from Le Creuset, Lodge, and Staub.


Hopefully I’ve managed to answer some questions and whet your appetite a bit.
If you have more questions, please come visit us. We look forward to seeing you!

Related Tags: Church Street Marketplace, Vermont, Burlington, Fall


September
22

Fall on the Marketplace


It’s that time of year again- fall in Vermont! Say goodbye to summer and hello to brisk weather, apple picking, foliage and maple, maple, maple. The Church Street Marketplace remains a beautiful shopping and dining destination year round, but come experience all the seasonal fun we have to offer downtown this fall! 

 

Start your day off the right way with a delicious Maple Latte from Uncommon Grounds. Almost too beautiful to drink, this seasonal beverage will be sure to put a little bounce in your step. Take it to go or stop and warm up inside the bustling café. Enjoy before work or as an afternoon pick me up!

 

It’s time to retire your flip-flops and shorts in favor of boots and jackets. Don’t worry, you can still be fashionable in the colder temperatures with the help of our amazing downtown stores! They're happy to help you update your wardrobe to transition from summer to fall. 

 

Fur is huge this season. Stay cozy but cute in this June jacket paired over a cashmere sweater dress from Sail to Sable at Monelle Vermont. Have you seen their Instagram account? Follow this awesome women’s clothing store at @monellevermont. They post great outfit ideas every day!

 

 

 

 

When stomping through the leaves on your way to work, around town or out at night, be comfortable but stylish in a pair of Frye boots from Dear Lucy! They have the widest selection of boots in downtown Burlington.  These rich but neutral colors will pair with any outfit this season and will become a staple in your closet year round.

 

 

                    

For a unique spin on our favorite flavor of the season, visit Apple Mountain for some Maple Sprinkes! These delicious sprinkles are made by Green Mountain Goodness in Franklin, Vermont and taste great on top of oatmeal, yogurt or ice cream. Tourists and locals can both agree that this treat is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. 

 

 

 

 

A Le Creuset Dutch Oven will also become essential in your kitchen this fall. Their cookware is perfect for making soups, chili, casseroles and anything you and your family may crave on a cold autumn night. They are easy to use AND dishwasher safe. Choose one in a variety of autumn colors at Kiss the Cook.

 

 

End the evening with an Apple Pie cocktail from Halvorson’s Upstreet Café. This drink captures the essence of fall in every sip, made with Stoli vanilla, spiced cider, local hard cider, lemon, a cinnamon sugar rim and a cinnamon stick. Treat yourself to this delicious concoction that you’ll only find on the Top Block at Halvorson’s.

Related Tags: Church Street Marketplace, Vermont, Burlington, Fall


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