All Things Fall 2017

It's that time of year again! The leaves are getting brighter, and the weather is getting colder. On the Church Street Marketplace, we have everything you need to keep you warm and cozy during the Fall season.


Uncommon Grounds:

42 Church Street

There's nothing like a warm cup of coffee or tea on a chilly fall day. Uncommon Grounds has a huge selection of freshly brewed coffees and teas, as well as some sweet and savory fall treats. Be sure to stop in and find your favorite!


Dear Lucy:

38 Church Street

Boots season has arrived! Dear Lucy has a vast selection of boots and shoes designed to keep your feet warm, while still keeping up with the latest fall fashion trends.



Vermont Flannel Company

28 Church Street

What better season than fall to sport a flannel? Vermont Flannel Company has just about every color of flannel you could think of, and more! Sure to keep you cozy as the weather gets colder.


Lake Champlain Chocolates

65 Church Street

It's never a bad time for chocolate! Lake Champlain Chocolates has tons of fall-themed chocolates that you and your family will be sure to enjoy. Fall gift boxes and organic hot chocolates are a great way to celebrate fall!


Pascolo Ristorante

83 Church Street

Nothing better than fresh italian food on a cold fall day. Pascolo Ristorante has a huge selection of pastas, soups, pizzas and more!

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St. Patrick's Day Events



Friday, March 17th


St. Patrick's Day at Ri Ra Irish Pub



11am - Live Irish Music 

Traditional Irish Music is a full body experience: the upbeat tempos compel you to dance a jig, clap your hands and join in. That’s what trad music is all about, joining in and having the craic (fun).

4pm - The Brayzen Heads

Dave Gilmore & Shane Farrell draw on years of experience playing traditional tunes, drinking anthems and contemporary ballads!

10pm - The X-Rays

Playing the latest and greatest hits until late in the evening!



S.D. Ireland Cement Truck Parade


The Annual SD Ireland Cement Truck Parade makes it's way down Church Street at 3:15pm on Friday, March 17th. 20 cement trucks will roll through Burlington as a fundraiser for cancer research. To date, the SD Ireland Foundation has raised over $4.2 million for research being done at the University of Vermont. 



St. Patrick's Day at Red Square



Red Square keeps the St. Patty's Day party going all day long, kicking off at 3pm with Everybody's Favorite Irish Drinking Songs Band on the Main Stage at 3pm. More entertainment includes Josh Panda, Craig Mitchell, D Jay Baron and Reign One. 



Saturday, March 18th


Taco Tasting at Kiss the Cook


On Saturday, March 18th, Shawn Lipenski, of Velvet Catering & Events, will be at Kiss the Cook at 2pm to sample house-made, green chorizo tacos which originated in the Toluca, Mexico. He will also be serving Yucatecan inspired sweet potato tacos. Shawn will be using spices from the Teeny Tiny Spice Company.


Sunday, March 19th


St. Petrick's Day Adoption Expo and Fundraiser at Burlington Town Center


On Sunday, March 19th, Passion 4 Paws will host an Adoption Expo and Fundraiser at Burlington Town Center on the Upper Level between LL Bean & Famous Footwear. The event is free to attend and there will be a prize for the best dressed pups in the St. Petrick's Day Fashion Show! Register for the fashion show here. All proceeds from the event will benefit Passion 4 Paws

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2017 New Years Resolutions


We’ve all vowed to be our best selves this year - what is your 2017 New Year Resolution? Maybe you want to run in the Vermont City Marathon. Maybe you want to lose an extra couple of pounds. Maybe you just want to get outside and be active! In this post we’ll introduce you to nine Church Street businesses focused on health and wellness who want to help you achieve whatever your 2017 goals are!  



1 Church Street



Athleta’s mission is to ignite a community of active, healthy, confident women and girls who empower each other to realize their limitless potential. The helpful and attentive staff at Athleta Church Street will work with you and give you personalized attention to find the proper attire to achieve your fitness goals.


Upcoming Free Classes at Athleta:

Sunday, January 8th from 9:30am-10:30am – Partner Yoga Class with Rachel Lacourciere



L.L.Bean Burlington

49 Church Street - Inside Burlington Town Center



Vermont's only L.L.Bean is located right in the heart of downtown Burlington, making it easy to stock up on the products you love that are designed to last through even our harshest winters! Their pieces are meant to last and come with a 100% satisfaction guaruntee. L.L.Bean in Burlington wants to help you get outside and explore our area with a number of free clinics for all interests!


Upcoming Free Classes at L.L.Bean

Thursday, January 5th from 6:30-7:30pm - Great Mobile Apps for the Outdoors 

Thursday, January 12th from 6:30-7:30pm - Cross Country Skiing Essentials 

Tuesday, January 17th from 6:30-7:30pm - Winter Stargazing

Tuesday, January 24th from 6:30-7:30pm - Winter Camping

Thursday, January 26th from 6:30-7:30pm - Ice Fishing Tips and Techniques 

Find the complete schedule and register online here. 



Lolë Burlington

63 Church Street



If you look good, you feel good, right? Lolë is having a store wide sale on their Fall and Winter clothing to keep you stylish while you get fit! They also host a number of free workout classes right in their store to make getting in shape easy and affordable.


Upcoming Free Classes at Lolë:

Saturday, January 14th from 9am to 10am - Detox Yoga Flow with Beth Krugar

Saturday, January 21st from 9am to 10am – Pilates with Carrie Pratt


lululemon athletica

31 Church Street



lululemon athletica makes technical clothing for yoga, running and most other sweaty pursuits. They create components for people to live long, healthy and fun lives. This month they are hosting an Ice Climbing Workshop, led by Petra Cliffs Climbing Center & Mountaineering School, giving you the chance to embrace the cold and try something new! No climbing experience is necessary, guides will be there every icy step of the way.

Find more information about the Ice Climbing Workshop and lululemon here.



Marketplace Fitness

29 Church Street



Marketplace Fitness, Church Street’s only premium health club and full service gym, combines a full range of fitness and exercise equipment and facilities with professional trainers, personally tailored programs, and group health and fitness classes. Their goal is to provide a refreshingly positive workout experience, have fun, get fit, and change the way people view health clubs. Classes include yoga, Zumba, spinning, boot camp and more!

Find their complete class schedule here.



Outdoor Gear Exchange

37 Church Street



Outdoor Gear Exchange is downtown Burlington's largest outdoor sports and adventure outfitter with the widest selection of gear for Camping, Hiking & Backpacking, Rock Climbing, Skiing, Biking and more! Wondering what to do on a cold, snowy Sunday morning? Join the team at OGE to ride Fat Bikes around the Intervale for FREE! Have you been wondering what the big tire craze is all about? Come out for a pedal and see for yourself. Every other Sunday, they will be meeting at the Outdoor Gear Exchange and going for a ride around Intervale. Demos will be held on January 15th, January 29th, February 12th and February 26th. 

Find information on how to sign up for the demos and more here.



Sukha Yoga

100 Church Street



Sukha Yoga is a family run yoga studio offering Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa Flow, Core Flow, Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra. The studio space is large, beautiful and welcoming. They offer different styles so that people of all abilities are able to enjoy the practice. Sukha Yoga offers weekly "Friendly Friday" night classes, meaning you can bring a new friend for free!

Find their complete class schedule here.



Swan Dojo Studio

19 Church Street



Swan Dojo is offering dance, Yoga, fitness and kids classes that are affordable and fun! They have over 12 weekly classes and styles as well as offering special workshops with Master Artists regularly. Swan Dojo is also home to artists such as DJ Mo-T, Laisse Tomber, Rhythm Riderx Crew, Dream City Hoops and Burlinton's darlings, Spielpalast Cabaret.

Find their complete class schedule here.



Yoga Vermont

113 Church Street



Yoga Vermont offers classes seven days per week to support their New Year goals of health and peace.  Come in and experience the meditative practice of breath paced movement.  They can help you begin, get back to your previous practice level or evolve your Yoga into a more suitable level of endurance, skill and calm.  They have time set aside every day for private and semi private sessions as well.  You are welcome to come work one on one or get a small group together.  Yoga Vermont is located in the Leunig’s Building, fourth floor walk up.

Find their complete class schedule here. 

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Taste of Fall on Church Street


Fall is one of the most beautiful times of the year in Vermont. On the Church Street Marketplace, it's one of the most delicious seasons! Stop by one of our many locally owned businesses for a taste of Fall in Vermont.


Speeder and Earls 

104 Church Street

Start your morning with a cinnamon latte from Speeder and Earls. Their coffee is freshly roasted and the latte art is always stunning!

Photo: @speederandearlsvt


Uncommon Grounds

42 Church Street

Another amazing Church Street cafe also boasts delicious coffee and tea, but while you're there, treat yourself to a Tomgirl organic vegan cookie! They're made with wholesome ingredients like sunflower seeds, almonds, cacao and avocado.


Photo: @tomgirljuiceco


Lake Champlain Chocolates 

65 Church Street

Caramel apples are a Fall staple! Lake Champlain Chocolates makes theirs using local apples from Shelburne Orchards. Watch them dip the apples in caramel and drizzle them with chocolate right in the store! 


Photo: @lcchocolates


Gaku Ramen 

144 Church Street

Ramen soup is the ultimate comfort food on a cold Autumn evening. Visit one of the newest and trendiest restaurants on Church Street for a variety of soups, rice bowls and appetizers. 


Photo: @gakuramen


Pascolo Ristorante

83 Church Street 

Finish up your Italian dinner at Pascolo with an Apple Crostata topped with a perfect scoop of gelato! 


Photo: @pascolovt


Taste Vermont

28 Church Street

The Spicy Maple Mule at Taste Vermont boasts Maple Liqueur from Vermont Distillers, lemon juice, ginger beer and cayenne. It's the perfect way to start or end a night on the Marketplace. 


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Frog Hollow Artist cART


By Rob Hunter, Frog Hollow


Over the past six years, Frog Hollow has run a series of statewide craft outreach efforts to determine how best to educate the public on Vermont Craft artisans and their processes. These efforts included last year’s “Artstream”, a retrofitted Airstream camper that Frog Hollow used as a traveling gallery for multiple exhibitions. The result of these efforts is the commissioning of a mobile studio the organization has affectionately named the Art Cart (or “cART” as designer Aaron Stein refers to it).


The Frog Hollow cART was designed and created by local artists Aaron Stein and Aaron Grossman as a mobile platform for artisans to demonstrate not just what they make, but how they craft and create it. The main concern was to make a safe environment that the public could approach and watch as work was being produced. The cART is a versatile design which can be used as a platform to create on or as a backdrop to house tools and materials. A built-in plexi glass shield encompasses the entire front of the cart while an adjustable mirror allows for those watching to see an aerial view of the artisan’s hands at work.



The cART may be a new addition to Burlington’s Church Street, but in a way, it’s been here all along. Made from rectangular aluminum framing beams, once window channel in several Church Street storefronts it may be claimed that the cART is actual built from Church Street. Add to this the locally salvaged corrugated siding, leveling jacks and motorcycle wheel, the two Aarons reclaimed and repurposed local materials for the bulk of the cART’s construction, making it an upcycled work of art in its own right.



The cART is already up and operating. John Brickels was the inaugural artist demonstrating on August 6th in front of the gallery. Frog Hollow has put together a schedule of upcoming artisans and partner organizations (organizations who use craft as a tool in their work) demonstrations for the coming month.



Sept 2, 4 - 8PM, Daryl Storrs, Printmaking

Sept 8, Noon - 4, Shelburne Craft School, Wood Carving

Sept 9, Noon - 4, Shelburne Craft School, Wood Carving

Sept 10, Noon – 4, Victoria Blewer, Hand Colored Photography

Sept 16, Noon – 4, Eric Nelson Glass

Sept 16, 5 - 8PM, Project Healing Waters, Fly Tying

Sept 17, Noon – 4, Eric Nelson, Glass

Sept 23, Noon – 4, Carol MacDonald, Printmaking

Sept 30, Noon – 4, Deborah Holmes, Painting


Demonstrations are free and open to all. Frog Hollow is located at 85 Church Street. 

Photos by Chris Behr.

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“Have a Heart, Give Smart” Campaign Reaches New Heights this Summer


Champ and Champette Surface to declare a phenomenal season of giving on the Church Street Marketplace.



Some might think that the “season of giving,” is characterized by snowflakes, scarves, and the holiday season. However, kind hearted folks in Burlington don’t let sweltering summer days curb their giving spirit. Instead, locals and visitors to the Church Street Marketplace have been contributing record amounts to the Champ and Champette collection bins that support the Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS). This past week, the July 2016 collection was tallied at a whopping $2,156.89. On average, 3 to 4 month collections can range from $300 to $500 in donations, however, this eight month collection far exceeded these figures.


This program began in Burlington in 2012, with inspiration coming from the “Have a Heart, Give Smart” campaign launched by Downtown Seattle in 2007. This public awareness campaign was designed to educate people about the most effective ways to assist with issues of poverty in their communities, in contrast to merely dropping change into cups without the slightest idea how that money might be used. Unfortunately, it is common for donations to be used to support alcohol and drug addictions, and often panhandlers are not necessarily homeless. Therefore, this campaign encourages people to donate to local community service providers that can truly assist those need. Ultimately, “Have a Heart, Give Smart,” lets people who simply want to help know that, “It is okay to say no to panhandling, and yes to giving.”


This program has extended its reach to downtowns across North America, from Rideau, Ottawa, and Edmonton, Alberta, to Boise, Idaho, and Ann Arbor, Michigan, where pedestrians are encouraged to drop their coins into Kindness Meters to benefit the Salvation Army and local homeless shelters. It has also achieved great success in Burlington, having collected an astounding $9,957.33 since its inception in August of 2012.


The donations collected from Champ and Champette go to support the COTS’ Daystation. This daytime drop-in shelter is open 365 days a year, seven days a week, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It offers refuge from the streets and access to an array of services and medical care, including a free noontime meal. This is where individuals can meet with COTS staff and connect with local resources, receive mail and telephone calls, and find support toward their goal of self-sufficiency. In 2014, an average of 40 people a day used the Daystation, the only daytime shelter for homeless adults in Chittenden County (COTS, 2016).


According to Tamira Martel of COTS, historically this program has not received a great deal of designated donor dollars so funds from the “Have a Heart, Give Smart” initiative make a big difference for this critical program.  “It means that 600-900 people a year can access the internet, make a phone call, receive mail, take a hot shower or get a warm cup of coffee on a cold day,” Martel stated.  “Guests can also access services like case management where guests are referred to other organizations that can assist with job skill training, substance abuse, mental health counseling, and medical treatment,” she added.


Both COTS and the Church Street Marketplace wish to send our greatest thanks to all those who so graciously donated to this vital program. We are so proud to say that locals, employees, and visitors of the Marketplace not only “have a heart,” but have some of the biggest you can find.


To donate further to this incredible cause, or to find out how you can help the Committee on Temporary Shelter by volunteering or other means, please visit or contact 


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The Best Deals of Sidewalk Sale




The North Face - KL Mountain Shop


As a local business that exclusively carries The North Face, they are able to offer the best deals without sacrificing that amazing lifetime warranty. Check out their awesome sidewalk sale, featuring a range of styles for a variety of activities.



Sweet Lady Jane


Visit their sale tent plus enjoy 20% off all full price merchandise from Wednesday-Saturday. 



Danforth Pewter


Last chance to get Retiring Items at 25% discount before they are sent back to the Middlebury Workshop!





Tradewinds is having a BIG shell sale, with sterling silver and shell jewelry starting at $8.50.  Mirrors, home decorations, silver and costume  jewelry and way more at ridiculously low prices. 


Kiss the Cook


Save 20% Storewide*, plus even BIGGER savings on products under our tent from great brands like J.A. Henkels, Le Creuset, Staub & more! Sale runs 8/3-8/6/16. Deals under tent only available while supplies last! (20% doesn't apply to items already on sale or kitchen electrics)



Keep VT Weird


Look for the yellow tent in front of the Keep Vermont Weird shop next to Lululemon! $15 t-shirts and other special deals!





Expressions will be opening early on Wednesday, August 3rd and offering 20% off full priced clothing on this day ONLY. Sale merchandise will be marked 40-70% off. 





Homeport will open at 8am on Wednesday, August 3rd. Visit the store for 20-70% off plus enter to win a $300 shopping spree! 



Whim Boutique




Dear Lucy




Michael Kehoe


Enjoy 30-50% off in store and  50-75% off sidewalk sale!





Take up to 75% off designer brands plus designer jeans for just $75! 



Danform Shoes


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Summer Fun!



Festival of Fools

July 29-31


Buskers, comedians, musicians and entertainers take over downtown Burlington at the 9th Annual Festival of Fools! The festival offers free events that are open to the public and great for all ages. Find a complete schedule at


Sidewalk Sale

August 3-7


Shop til you drop at the Annual Church Street Sidewalk Sale, presented by Burlington Free Press! Find the best deals of the season at all of your favorite name brands and local boutiques. Shop early starting Wednesday, August 7th and continue through the weekend. 


Yoga on Church Street

August 14


Yoga on Church Street is a free community yoga class on the Top Block of the Marketplace. The event acts as a fundraiser for H.O.P.E. Works, a Burlington non-profit organization dedicated to ending sexual violence. Please bring your own mat! Stay after the class for free fruit, tea and the first Yoga on Church Street Expo. 

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New to Church Street for Summer 2016

Gaku Ramen

Gaku Ramen is an authentic Japanese ramen shop and will offer tonkotsu, shoyu, miso and vegetarian ramen soup bowls, plus a variety of starters including edamame, gyoza, pork buns, shishito peppers and several salads. Find them at 144 Church Street and at



Choose from over 150 types of tea, including exclusive blends, limited edition seasonal collections, traditional straight teas and exotic infusions from around the globe. Plus check out the largest collection of organic teas and infusions in North America. Find them at 30 Church Street.


Warner Supply

Warner Supply is Burlington’s finest purveyor of quality men’s clothing, footwear and lifestyle items, along with home décor and accessories. Find them at 96 Church Street next to their sister store, Stella Mae.


Eat More Color Cart

Pingala Cafe brings vegan fare to the Top Block of Church Street at the Eat More Color cart! Find their delicious doughnuts, spring rolls and zoodles next to Ben and Jerry's.


Shy Guy Gelato Cart – Coming July 2016

Find delicious Vermont gelato and sorbets utilizing local ingredients whenever possible. Gluten-free, nut-free and dairy-free options are also available. Shy Guy will be located at the corner of Church and Bank street.

Hendrix Boutique

Hendrix Boutique is a new women's clothing store on Church Street that carries the best clothing designers from NYC, Miami, California and Australia. Find them located above Ken's Pizza at 71 Church Street!

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Upcoming Church Street Events


There's always something exciting happening on Church Street! See our schedule of major upcoming events below, plus keep up to date with all events in downtown Burlington at


July 15 and 22 - Food Cart Wednesdays


Twelve locally owned Church Street food vendors will set up on the Mall block (between Bank Street and Cherry Street) for Food Cart Wednesdays. Food carts are nothing new on Church Street, but you’ve never seen them like this! From 4-8pm try out local favorites such as dumplings from Hong’s Chinese Dumpling cart or crepes from the Skinny Pancake cart. Food Cart Wednesday is fun for the whole family featuring face painting by “Little Artsy Faces” and music by DJ Cre8.  

Local vendors include: A-Maize-ing Kettle Korn, Amir's Kebabs, Boo~kies, Hong's Chinese Dumplings, King Street Kid's Lemonade, Mama's Fried Dough and Shaved Ice, Niko's Souvlaki, South End Sliders, Taco Gordo, The Skinny Pancake, Tomgirl Juice and Wicked Mountain Hotdogs.


July 31 - August 2 - Festival of Fools

The Festival of Fools is a curated festival of street theater devoted to community engagement through the celebration of circus arts, music and comedy for family audiences. The Festival offers free events, open to the public and appropriate for all age groups. Festival of Fools features the best international street performers from around the globe. Four main stage locations surrounding the Church Street Marketplace and City Hall Park will feature continuous street theater, performing to over 10,000 visitors to Church Street each day. The Festival wraps up on Sunday, August 2nd with a grand finale featuring all the performers. Visit for a complete schedule of events. 


August 5-7 - Sidewalk Sale

Shop ‘til you drop at the Church Street Marketplace Annual Sidewalk Sale! From August 5-7, Church Street merchants display their wares both inside and outside of their stores. Many businesses extend their sales through the weekend. Find the best deals of the season at all your favorite retailers! Thank you to our sponsors - Burlington Free Press, Hall Communications (WOKO, KOOL 105, WJOY, The BUZZ and WIZN) and Casella Waste Management.


August 9 - Yoga on Church Street


Photo by Steve Mease

The 5th Annual Yoga on Church Street event will be held on Sunday, August 9th from 9am-Noon on the Top Block of Church Street. This free outdoor yoga extravaganza benefits Prevent Child Abuse Vermont. Participants bring their own yoga mat. Donations are accepted at plus red donation boxes will line the marketplace on the day of the event. Enter to win dozens of amazing prizes at the Yoga on Church Street raffle with all proceeds going to Prevent Child Abuse Vermont.


August 15 - Pink Day

The American Cancer Society of Vermont will host the Kick Off to their Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk on the Church Street Marketplace and in Burlington Town Center on Saturday, August 15th. Church Street will come alive with all things pink to celebrate survivors, raise awareness and encourage donations to Making Strides. Athleta Church Street will host a free yoga class, stores will offer 10% off to those wearing pink clothes or pink ribbons in support of Making Strides. You can find pink ribbons available for donations of $2 each in participating stores from August 7-15. Burlington Town Center will host make-overs and other fun activities in the center court by Macy’s.


August 27 - Stowe Mountain Resort Concert Series featuring Josh Panda


Stowe Mountain Resort will be back on the Marketplace starting August 27th! Visit their tent and gondola in front of Homeport every weekend through October to enter to win a FREE Stowe 7 Season Pass, get information on the Evolution Stowe Card and more!

On the brink of releasing his 4th album, Josh Panda returns to Church Street with new songs performed with the same explosive energy and honesty you have come to expect. Josh just released a brand new music video featuring the first track “Stick a Fork in Me” – an important and powerful exploration of how our culture’s views on gay marriage have shifted over the decades leading us to the Supreme Court ruling at the end of June. Check it out on his website:


September 3 - Stowe Mountain Resort Concert Series featuring Rick and the Ramblers


Back on Church Street for one of their favorite shows of the year, Rick & The All-Star Ramblers Western Swing Band are basking in the glory of having received the Academy of Western Artists “2015 Western Swing Song of the Year” honors at the 19th Annual Will Rogers Awards Ceremony in Dallas, Texas on March 28th. The Burlington-based eight piece western swing band won the award for the song “You Can’t Make It Up” written by Rick Norcross and released on the 2014 “Welcome to OUR Vermont” CD on the Airflyte Records label.


September 10 - Stowe Mountain Resort Concert Series featuring Kat Wright


The Burlington, VT area Kat Wright & the Indomitable Soul Band create music that has something in common with their name. Size. Eight people deep, their sound is so big and emotionally charged that it floods the room and practically overflows out the venue doors, leaving in it’s wake an audience that’s bobbing and dancing to the groove. They're now among the areas most dynamic live acts, thrilling audiences at clubs all over the region with irresistibly danceable classic soul sounds - featuring rarities & originals. Get ready to get down to the deep, emphatic grooves of rising vocalist Kat Wright and the all-star Indomitable Soul Band.


September 11 - Fashion's Night Burlington


Celebrating all things style and glamour in the Queen City at Fashion’s Night Burlington on the Marketplace! Get your photo taken on the red carpet, enter to win amazing prizes plus enjoy great deals and treats at Church Street businesses. Shop at your favorite boutiques while they play live music, serve delicious refreshments and offer special FNB discounts. Participating merchants will include: Ecco, Sweet Lady Jane, Whim Boutique, Jess Boutique, Stella-Mae, Spellbound Vermont and many more!


September 17 - Stowe Mountain Resort Concert Series featuring Busk and Rye


Busk and Rye got their start captivating passersby on the Church Street Marketplace with their bluegrass, country, and folk-infused tunes. Members of this eclectic trio can be found playing around town on multiple instruments. A Busk and Rye show is full of warm harmonies and high energy – a combination irresistible to audiences of all ages. The trio has since branched out into Vermont’s outdoor venues and nightclubs, though their home will always be singing on the streets of Burlington.


September 24 - Stowe Mountain Resort Concert Series featuring Radio Underground


If Burlington Vermont needed to boast of a supergroup the Radio Underground would make the short list. The band is fronted by Arty LaVigne (John Tower Group, North End Rhythm Kings) on lead vocals and rhythm guitar, Mark Christensen (Brooklynn's Ghost Ghost, Stone Document and projects with Robert Fripp) on lead guitar and atmosphere, Chris Simard (The Proper, Chuck the Plains) on bass and Andrew Bedard (People are Strange, Intergalactic Taxi, The Amida Bourbon Project) on drums. They combine forces to take roots rock and Americana into space and beyond.

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Embracing Summer 2015 with Power to the She

Here at Athleta Church Street we are so excited for our very first summer in Burlington, Vermont.  We’ve had such a blast thus far with our new store creating community connections and building and sharing our brand.  At Athleta our motto is “Power to the She”.  Our muse is not a fictitious character, but every real woman who is out there working, sweating, and always reaching for amazing.  She is living a life in motion and we are here to support her from her product needs to her fitness goals, and everything in between. We have a very well-rounded and enthusiastic staff so there is always someone in store to relate to, or offer tips about, your latest fitness pursuits - or to offer some fashion and styling advice!

Every Athleta hosts complimentary in-store events where we get to hand pick new and exciting classes to feature. Our classes change monthly and can always be found on our in-store calendar and online. For example, this May we hosted Less Mills classes in partnership with Body Resolution of South Burlington.  We were also able to co-sponsor the PUBVCM and host Yoga for Athletes classes leading up to the marathon. Classes have been taught by prominent members of our Burlington fitness community, including some of our very own yoga certified employees. It has been such a pleasure to work with all of our local instructors and we are so excited for all that is to come!

This past weekend we were able to sponsor local women in the Vermont City Marathon.  We had two marathon runners, both staff members, Hannah and Rebecca, and a relay team of Sarah DeGray and Annie Strout.  We set up a 'cheer station' where family members could create custom cheer cards for their loved ones!  Sarah DeGray, from Rev Indoor Cycling also hosted an active recovery seminar on behalf of Athleta at the marathon expo. Getting involved in the Burlington Vermont community is like no other.  It's great to see how supportive everyone is of one another, and how we can elevate each other in life and fitness goals.

Nationwide on Sunday June 21st , every city will have an Athleta sponsored Summer Solstice Yoga Event!  Last year at our Times Square event, we had over 11,000 yogis getting their savasana on!  For the first ever Burlington Vermont Summer Solstice Event we are partnering with Cilla, owner of the new yoga studio Sukha Yoga.  (Our neighbor located at 100 Church Street.)  There will be an outdoor yoga class, complimentary to all, taking place on the top block of Church Street.  Following class, we are collaborating with local vendors such as the Vermont Juice Co., massage therapists, aura readers, and more to come! It will be an opportunity for us to give back while creating an amazing yoga festival vibe right in downtown Burlington. 

We look forward to seeing you in the store and at some of our events during the summer!



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NEW FOOD: Fast and Fresh Options on Church Street


Hungry? You will be after reading about all the new food available on Church Street this summer! Whether you’re looking for lunch, a snack, a refreshing beverage or some dessert - you can find it all in downtown Burlington.



Cayenne Salted Maple Lemonade, Mango Lime Greens & Avocado, Pink Grapefruit. These are just a few of the unique and refreshing drinks you will find at the Tomgirl Juice Cart on the Top Block. Sounds familiar? You may have visited their store location on Saint Paul Street or gotten a master cleanse delivered right to your door. These organic, fresh juices are sure to satisfy and give you energy for the rest of the day!



Also new to the Top Block this summer is the Good Companion Pretzel Cart. Here you’ll find authentic hot German pretzels, made in Ferrisburgh, Vermont at the Good Companion Bakery! Pick a traditional salty pretzel or cinnamon sugar pretzel to satisfy your sweet tooth. Top with mustards and other delectable sauces! Until they open this summer, you can find the Pretzel Cart around Vermont in Middlebury or popping up in other Burlington locations. .



Recognizable from other BTV hot spots like the ArtsRiot Truck Stop, Taco Gordo will be serving up some of the best tacos in Burlington right in front of Outdoor Gear Exchange on the Mall Block! The West Coast Taqueria-style taco options will include:

Carnitas: slow-cooked pork

Carne Asada: marinated, grilled steak

Chicken: marinated, grilled chicken

Vegetarian: changing regularly depending on what’s in season.

Tacos will come topped with diced onion and cilantro. Choose from a selection of freshly made salsas and hot sauces. Look for specials throughout the summer like fish, BBQ and tongue! 





Have you noticed the construction happening in the Burlington Town Center near the Church Street entrance? A Cuisine will be Vermont's first 'Kaiten-zushi' restaurant. Literally translated to mean "rotation sushi," owner Sandy Kong of Asiana Noodle Shop will open her second location on Church Street, featuring a conveyor belt to transport small plates directly to guests who can simply grab what they'd like to eat! The concept, already popular in Japan, reduces waiting time and costs to deliver a quick and affordable meal for on-the-go shoppers and downtown employees.



SoYo Frozen Yogurt will also open a second location at Burlington Town Center, featuring the same "farm to freezer" frozen yogurt as their current Pine Street location. SoYo's frozen yogurt is made from fresh and local ingredients, including Vermont milk and yogurt, fresh fruit, Lake Champlain Chocolates and local maple syrup for flavorings. The store rotates through 35 flavors on a weekly basis with six flavors available daily.

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Smoke-Free Zone


As of December 17th, 2014 smoking is no longer permitted in the Church Street Marketplace District. This includes the public right of way of Church Street between Pearl and Main Streets. It also includes the side streets immediately off of Church Street — Main, College, Bank, Cherry and Pearl Streets — where the sidewalk surface is bricked. So, if you are on the bricks of Church Street or on the bricks of side streets — smoking is NOT permitted.


Burlington’s prevention coalition, the Burlington Partnership for a Healthy Community (BPHC) has been working since 2007 to address the causes and consequences of substance abuse.  Director Mariah Sanderson expressed the coalition’s enthusiasm for the new ordinance, “Our coalition strongly supports efforts to limit exposure of residents and visitors to secondhand smoke. Only 14% of Chittenden County residents and 17% of Vermonters smoke, yet 48% of people say they were exposed to secondhand smoke in the last 7 days (from the Vermont Adult Tobacco Survey). We need to take every measure to reduce this level of exposure and a smoking ban in the downtown area helps send a consistent message to our community about the individual and community consequences of smoking.”


BPHC partnered with local youth to thank the City of Burlington and the Marketplace for the new ordinance on March 18th for National Kick Butts Day. Students from Hunt and Edmunds Middle Schools involved in VKAT decorated the lamp posts on Church Street with ribbons and notes the students wrote about why they choose not to smoke.  The messages also thanked the Church Street Marketplace and the City of Burlington for going smoke-free!



At the same time, teens from Burlington High School’s Students Taking Action and Risks Together (START) and OVX visited businesses along Church Street asking them to put a decal in their store window (created by the Burlington Partnership for a Healthy Community) that says, “Breathe Easy. Smoke-Free Zone.”  They were met with overwhelming enthusiasm from merchants who agreed to display the bright decal and show their support for a smoke free Marketplace.


According to the Surgeon General’s Report, “There is NO risk free level of exposure to secondhand smoke.” Even low levels of exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke can lead heart disease and lung cancer in adults, to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and respiratory problems in children and to dementia in older adults. Infants, children and the elderly are extremely vulnerable to the negative effects of secondhand smoke. Smoke-free and tobacco-free policies have been proven to be an effective way to protect people from smoke, to prevent children from starting to smoke, and to encourage smokers to quit.



BPHC offers support to businesses and organization that want to increase cessation support for their employees, improve company tobacco policy, and promote community events and spaces as smoke-free zones. We offer the use of FREE resources including:

  • Smoke-free event signs
  • “Breathe Easy. Smoke-Free Zone.” window decals
  • “Smoke Free Near Me” buttons
  • Cessation brochures and tools
  • Individual and group cessation support through


To learn more about The Burlington Partnership for a Healthy Community, their projects, and ways to support health and wellness in Burlington visit

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Making Waves at Aristelle


It’s finally March. The snow is melting, the sun is shining, and if you close your eyes, you can feel summer in the distance. We all know there is no better place to spend summer than New England. Summer here means cool lakes and picnics. It means campouts and campfires, family and friends. Summer means beaches and it means bathing suits.


Aristelle is here to tell you that bathing suit shopping doesn’t have to be a dreaded experience. We approach bathing suits like we approach lingerie- fit is essential. Our bathing suits come in bra sizes and dress sizes because most of us don’t fit neatly into the small, medium and large category.  When you think about it, how do you even define small, medium and large when it comes to a person’s body? Our bodies are not uniform, and buying a bathing suit sized in that way makes the assumption that you’re the same size on the top and on the bottom. That’s problematic.


A lot of women’s bathing suit insecurities stem from worrying about the placement of their breast tissue. No one wants to be seen in a swimsuit that doesn’t support them. From rolling over on a towel, to jumping into a body of water, women are constantly checking to make sure nothing has shifted.  Bra sized and dress sized swimsuits fit you better because they correspond with your body’s true shape and size. Underwire ensures that everything stays in place, while giving you lift and support in the same way that a correctly fitting bra does.


We carry bathing suits from Shan, Fantatsie, Elomi, Touché and many more. Our styles range from retro one pieces, to colorful bikinis and tankinis. Not only will we help you find a supportive bathing suit top, we will also help find you a bottom that fits, because waddling at the beach is only cute if you’re a toddler. 

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Top Block, Top Floor


We all know the major businesses living on Church Street’s Top Block – GAP, Urban Outfitters, Ben and Jerry’s… but next time you’re strolling along the Marketplace, take a look UP! The very first block of Church Street, closest to Pearl Street, is booming with unique and locally owned businesses waiting for you to find them on the second floor! Discover a dance studio, salon or store that you never knew existed above many of your favorite well-known establishments.


Boutiliers Art Center

Address: 22 Church Street



Boutiliers Fine Art Materials and Custom Framing has been a staple in Burlington, Vermont since 1925. They just returned back to their home on the Marketplace after leaving their College Street location. Boutiliers can help protect your antique documents, kids’ paintings, dried plants and more with custom framing to fit your budget. They also have an amazing mix of art supplies to help with any project you’re working on!


LeZot Camera

Address: 34 Church Street



For over 35 years, LeZot Camera has offered the widest selection of new and pre-owned film and digital cameras. They will buy and trade for your used camera gear and also offer repairs. LeZot is a family owned business and supports local arts and education through volunteerism and donation.


Mana Threads

Address: 22 Church Street



This year, Mana Threads joined athletic apparel retailers City Sports, lululemon athletica, Eddie Bauer and Athleta on the Top Block of Church Street. The locally owned store sets itself apart from the competition by combining the outdoor lifestyle of Vermont with the cultural vibrancy and color of Brazil in their clothing line. “Mana” is slang for “sisters” in Portuguese! Each piece of clothing is hand-made and allows the wearer to stand out and express themselves.


Simplicity Salon & Spa

Address: 2 Church Street



 Owned by native Vermonter Denise Destalto, Simplicity Salon and Spa offers haircuts, colors, up-dos, waxing and massages to pamper clients and give them the best service possible. At Simplicity Salon and Spa – “It’s simply about you!” Denise is committed to making each person feel their very best. Find her at 2 Church Street in the Richardson Place building on the second floor.


Swan Dojo Studio

Address: 19 Church Street


Described as a community art gallery, theatre and multi-disciplinary arts space, Swan Dojo offers many styles of yoga and dance classes, as well as hosts events like The Human Canvas workshops and hula-hooping! Their space is available to rent for classes, workshops and talks.


Therin Pohley Esthetics

Address: 2 Church Street



Find local esthetician, Therin Pohley, on the third floor of the Richardson Place building at 2 Church Street. Her modern yet holistically-minded skin care will rejuvenate your skin and keep you feeling fresh from facials to massages to eyebrow tinting. Therin offers a full range of beauty and skin care treatments to meet your needs.

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The North Face Continues to Set the Standard for Environmental and Social Practices

Did you know....
That the average American child spends 44 hours each week engaged with electronic media?
Our goal at The North Face and KLMountainshop is to ignite a global movement of outdoor exploration and an unwavering commitment to protect it. The North Face, each year, offers hundreds of events  that inspire participants to explore and conserve.  Ultimately, we are responsible to develop our future generations of outdoor enthusiasts.

Did you know…
That in 2012 over 12 million tons of textile waste went to landfills?
The North Face and KLMountainshop are committed to protecting our outdoor playgrounds and communities.  We incorporate recycled materials into almost all TNF products and take responsibility for our products’ long-standing commitment to durability.  Through our Clothes the Loop take-back program we have saved over 100 tanker trucks of chemicals and over 2340 Olympic swimming pools of water since 2010.

Did you know…
That The North Face has reached over 100,000 youth by supporting over 250 organizations through The Explore Fund? As a responsible business, The North Face and KLMountainshop aims to enrich people's lives.  Our social compliance initiatives also ensure the safe and fair treatment of all people who are making our goods.

Did you know…
That there are two The North Face Stores in downtown Burlington on the Church Street Marketplace?  Both are locally owned and operated by KLMountainshop!   The two stores are very different.  The location at 90 Church St is our Lifestyle store featuring more casual The North Face product.  Also, starting this Spring all youth and infant product will be at the 90 Church St location - tripling the product line.  Our location at 210 College St is a more traditional The North Face featuring more technical products for all your outdoor adventures!


So, come to downtown Burlington to shop the Church Street Marketplace and check out the highest quality and most durable gear out there!


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Changes on Church Street in 2014


As 2014 comes to a close, we’d like to take some time to reflect on many wonderful changes that have happened this year on the Church Street Marketplace and in downtown Burlington.



New Businesses:

The Marketplace is busier than ever with only a 1% vacancy rate! This year we welcomed many new businesses to Church Street.


The women’s athletic apparel store moved into One Church Street, next to the new GAP, and offers free classes like yoga and hip hop dance!

Boutilier's Art Center:

Boutilier's Fine Art Supplies and Custom Framing returned to the Marketplace from its most recent location on Bank Street. Find them on the second floor at 22 Church Street. 


The Swedish outdoor gear and apparel store took over the space at 50 Church Street (previously Pompanoosuc Mills).


GAP and GAPkids moved out of Burlington Town Center and into a two story location at One Church Street, a property which had been vacant for many years.

Little Citizen:

This locally owned children’s clothing store specializing in unique, fashion-forward styles for newborns through age 14 is now open at 20 Church Street.

Lucky Crush:

You can find this locally owned women’s boutique on the second floor at 88 Church Street above The Body Shop.

The North Face Lifestyle Store:

KL Mountain Shop opened up a second location in downtown Burlington at 90 Church Street, a sister store to their location on College Street.

Pascolo Ristorante:

The Farmhouse Group opened this fine Italian restaurant in the old Three Tomatoes building at 83 Church Street. They use locally available ingredients first to create their handmade Italian meals and were just named "Best Bite of 2014" by Seven Days!

Spellbound Vermont:

You may recognize some familiar faces at Spellbound Vermont! Owner Mara Brazilian reopened the store previously known as Salaam at 106 Church Street.

We the People Tattoo Parlor:

Owner Rick Meyer brings you back in time to experience what it was like to get tattooed during the American Revolution in Burlington's newest tattoo shop, located above Monelle.


Redevelopment Plans for Burlington Town Center:

Plans for redeveloping the Burlington Town Center mall are the talk of the town. New owner, Don Sinex, has plans for new buildings, apartments, a new hotel, office space, underground parking and a new rooftop park. St. Paul Street and Pine Street would be opened back up for pedestrian traffic. The project is expected to take between three to five years to complete. 


Smoke Free Church Street:

The Church Street Marketplace joined many other downtowns across the country in becoming smoke free as of December 2014! The Burlington City Council approved the ordinance in November. The purpose of the ordinance is to reduce exposure to secondhand smoke, reduce maintenance costs associated with removing cigarette butts and support Burlington’s national reputation as a healthy city. We are thankful to be part of such a healthy community. Please click here for a list of FAQ about the smoking ban.


New Logo:

The Church Street Marketplace has a new look! Thanks to our friends at Select Design, we now have a refreshed logo with a simple yet contemporary feel.


Thank you to everyone who has made 2014 such an exceptional year for the Marketplace. Whether you are a business owner, employee, Vermont resident or visiting from out of town - thank you for keeping Church Street a special place for everyone to enjoy! See you in 2015!  

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Season's Greetings From Downtown Threads!


Tis the season for egg nog, friends around the fireplace, tree trimming, and of course, swapping your cute summer wardrobe for warmer wear. This winter when you’re shopping on the Church Street Marketplace, you won’t have to sacrifice style for warmth when you come up to Downtown Threads!


This year we have our first ever in-house, hand-made local artist “ugly” holiday sweaters, just in time for the party season! They jingle, they twinkle, and they can be custom-made just for you! Simply send your request to our Facebook Page!

If you’re struggling to cross off your Christmas list, we have tons of new and local artist jewelry that make great gifts for those special ladies in your life. For the gents, we carry a wide selection of vintage band and motor-cycle tees, retro hoodies, fleece-lined drug rugs, and rad sunglasses. For those aunts, friends, and significant others who are impossible to shop for, we carry gift certificates as well! This season, give the gift of fashion!


Winter has finally settled into Vermont, bringing with it mountains of snow and bitter winds. That chill isn’t going away any time soon, but that doesn’t mean you have to resign to blending in with the snowbanks and naked trees.


This time of year, people tend to bundle up and dress dark – we’re talking muted grays, beiges, and anything black. We’re here to help you break out of these boring fashion “trends” and shine!

We have racks of warm thermal leggings, wool flannels, rad 80s jackets, and Cosby sweaters!


Here are a few tricks to stay warm with style when you shop at Downtown Threads this season:

LEATHER and DENIM: Denim always has been a fashion staple, whether it be denim vests, high-waisted “boyfriend” jeans, or jackets. Although this material is timeless, what can you do to change things up, switch from summer to fall to winter without spending a fortune on MORE denim pieces? PATTERNS and COLOR! Pair our vintage Levis with a sheer top, knit cardigan, and your favorite pair of leather boots. Feeling bold? Our new and vintage denim vests are a perfect way to tie together a long-sleeve top and our hippie pants and leggings! 

BOLD PRINTS & PATTERNS: OOOOH BABY! There's nothing we love more than a little - okay, a LOT - of funk when it comes to clothing. After all, you're dressing to stand out! We know, we know. You're not supposed to mix patterns and stripes. Blah blah blah. If there is any time to get crazy, to push the limits of your creativity, it’s when you’re creating your own style.

Besides, big prints, animal sweaters, and lots of patterns are the easiest way to stand out this winter! You can even pair a neon 80s or 90s jacket with thermal leggings, a fuzzy sweater, and those Uggs you can’t seem to take off.

Come up to Downtown Threads at 108 Church Street for new dresses, winter accessories, vintage you’ll wear every day, and all the hipster crap you’ll ever need. Have a happy holiday season!



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Shopping Local with Apple Mountain


Shop local, shop small. The economic numbers behind this movement are compelling. Think about this: a compilation of national studies concluded that 14% of money spent at a national chain enters your local economy, mostly as wages. But 48% of money spent at a locally owned business enters the local economy, more than three times as much as a national firm! Where’s that extra 34% going? It’s going mostly to professional services headquartered in Vermont –lawyers, accountants, bookkeepers, and marketing firms. All local, and all adding their dollars back into the local economy, as well. This works to create a multiplier effect, where dollars spent at our local business are re-spent again and again right here in Vermont.


As a business that features Vermont-made products, Apple Mountain puts an even higher percentage of our revenues into the local flow. About 85% of our merchandise vendors are in Vermont. This means that almost all money spent at a store selling Vermont handcrafts and foods is flowing right back into the Vermont economy. A purchase at Apple Mountain helps support Vermont hand-crafters like Carol and Mark who make delicate Horizon Porcelain Ornaments in West Burke, Jay who makes functional wooden frames and other items for his business Jay’s Woodshop in Johnson, Edie Johnstone from Killington who handpaints miniature scenic ornaments on slices of wood that her son cuts down for her off their land, and Kimberlee Forney from Essex Junction who paints colorful cows and sheep.

Apple Mountain supports Vermont businesses that have grown larger, like Solmate Socks, Silver Forest Jewelry, and Turtle Fur Hats. We support food suppliers like Sugartree Maple Farm in Williston, our syrup supplier, and Rex’s Outrageous in Jericho, maker of Road Crew Crunch. And we have small suppliers that show up at our door with a line of cards made from their artwork or a music CD that they have just produced. This is what shopping local means to us at Apple Mountain!

And don’t forget about charitable giving. The local stores in our community are constantly and willingly offering up gift cards and other donations to school groups, non-profits, and more. We hang event posters and kids’ art in our windows. We sell items for non-profits or put a coin jar on our counters.

So this holiday season, remember folks - buy local, buy Vermont, and keep the money circulating!

Related Tags: Church Street Marketplace, Vermont, Winter, Holidays, Burlington


Must Have Layering Pieces For Winter In Vermont


In Vermont the winters are long! But, you can still look great underneath your coat!! Whim Boutique on Church Street has the perfect pieces to get you through those winter days and nights!! So go out & enjoy the snow & cold while still looking great!

A scarf is key to your wardrobe this season and can be worn after the coat comes off! It is the perfect accessory!! A thick textured "Infinity" scarf by Paula Bianco will keep you warm & chic or wrap around an amazing silk patterned scarf by Tolani. A great trend this season is a tasseled look whether on your scarf or jewelry.


A sweater coat or open cardigan looks great paired with your favorite skinny jean and a bootie shoe. It's a perfect piece for apres ski as well!  Joie clothing makes an amazingly thick cotton blend sweater called the "Levella" that you won't want to take off. A more budget friendly piece by Olive & Oak is another fabulous option & sleeveless so you can show off your tissue tee or patterned silk top underneath. 



Feeling fashion forward? Opt for a Joie faux fur vest over your favorite tee or sweater!!

​A denim shirt or plaid shirt like the options we have from Current/Elliott worn over a pair of dark jeans or skinny cords is the perfect addition to your outfit & gives you a casual yet put-together look.  


Choose a long necklace to go over your favorite tissue tee by day and then over a cocktail dress for a more formal event. Chan Luu makes amazing necklaces this season using semi-precious stones & Chinese crystals. Another great & more casual designer is Vanessa Mooney who hand-crafts her pieces in California and uses silver & gold metal topped with turquoise & lapis stones. Another designer that uses different textures and stones is Serefina and her pieces are handmade in San Francisco, CA. Just one necklace comes with multiple layers of it's own!


Of course all of these things need a great pair of jeans to go with them! Choose a waxed skinny from Current/Elliott or go for a distressed look with their tattered black denim. Hudson Jeans makes fashion pieces but also a great go-to for a medium denim wash in skinny or bootcut. On a budget? Try an amazing denim from Blank NYC that never retails over $100!! 

All of the pieces shown are currently available at Whim Boutique. Happy Layering!!

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5 Reasons to Buy Designer Denim

Come shop with the denim experts at Ecco on Church Street!


1.They stretch to fit but keep their shape!

   Let's face it; everyone in the world of jean lovers has experienced this problem. You buy a brand spankin' new pair that make you feel like a million bucks just to watch them slowly become your biggest fashion dilemma (literally). Nothing like jeans with a saggy bum to make you feel beautiful...not!

   This is where the designers swoop in to save the day! We carry seven brands of amazing designer denim that will leave you feeling ready to seize the day in style. One of our best-selling brands, AG, has a new fabric that will hold up in every stretch battle! Their line of contour 360° denim is one for the books! These jeans are fully equipped with a four-way stretch to keep you feeling beautiful and sleek! 


2.You can wash them without the color fading.

   Black jeans are a struggle for a lot of people because no one wants dye from their denim ruining their outfit. In an article in the Huffington Post searching for the best black skinny jeans, three of the top five jeans are brands we carry in our store. Paige, Jbrand and AG all made the cut.

   With high-quality fabric that holds shape as well as color you can't go wrong. These designers took special care to provide the best fabrics out there but if you want to go the extra mile remember to wash your jeans in cold water only turned inside out and lay them flat to dry. 


3.They do your booty justice.

We all want our backside to be just as confident as our front and with designer denim you can finally show off that butt without covering it with a long top. The founder of Paige jeans was recently featured in a blog to discuss her company and her passion for denim. On the top of her list of important features in her design is the booty!

Paige cranks out arguably the best butt jean of our time and they don't plan to end the era any time soon! Paige claims that the secret to a great looking bum is the pocket placement. The pocket should end right where your cheek meets your thigh.



4.They'll last!

   It's never fun to part with your favorite pair of jeans so why not invest in a pair of high quality jeans that are made of durable materials? We made sure to seek out the right companies that make quality a huge part of their reputation. Almost every brand of denim we carry is made right here in the USA, which these days is hard to come by!

   Jeff Rudes, owner of J Brand jeans (one of our beloved brands), recently spoke about the importance of sticking to the good stuff when it comes the materials used to make these fabulous jeans. In an interview for the website Jean Stories, he said that it's good to know how to say no and be stern on the quality of your product. We are in full support of this philosophy, which is why his line of gorgeous and long-lasting jeans is one of our top products. It's that very mindset that makes all of our designer companies so reputable. They provide you with denim that will last you through all those memorable moments in your life. 



5.Comfortable is an understatement!

   Who says you can't be fashionable and comfortable at the same time? Most of us wear jeans nearly every day so having a pair that feels like you're wearing sweats is the dream! DL 1961 is known for their stretchy quality and innovative fibers, which is something we can all appreciate when we are running around picking up our kids, working long hours in the office or out dancing the night away! Whatever it is that you do in your jeans, you might as well do it comfortably.

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Tips to have a Relaxing Holiday Season

By Cynthea Hausman of Cynthea's Spa



The holidays are officially here and the season for giving begins. It’s a wonderful time of year, but with all the activities, excitement and family obligations taking place at once, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed, stressed and even a tad bit gloomy. Here are some simple steps to relax, let go and really enjoy a truly happy holiday!


Focus on your connections. This holiday, reflect on the meaning and closeness of your relationships. It’s not the amount of money you spend, but how much love and joy you share that will create the quality of the season. The beautifully wrapped presents and bows are far less important than the people in your life.

Entertaining? Make a time line and list. Being organized and prepared will save you from a lot of stress. Prioritize and delegate tasks when you can. Enlist the help of professionals if need be (cleaning? catering?).

Keep it simple. The food doesn't have to be fancy and you don't have to spend a small fortune on decorations. A fire in the fireplace can set the mood and fresh flowers or greens are beautiful anywhere in the house. The people make the party.

Involve the whole family in your holiday planning and preparation. Children love to be a part of the process. Let them help with frosting cookies, making place cards, decorating your home or holiday table. Let go of perfection and have fun!

Get plenty of sleep and eat healthy foods. Sleep may seem like an indulgence this time of year, but it is essential to good health and a positive holiday outlook. Rest, slow-down and take time to reflect. There will be plenty of treats and sweets - eat healthy meals to counteract the unhealthy choices.

Let go and go with the flow. If you're overwhelmed, imagine what would happen if you didn't do "it". What is the worst case scenario? Not sending your holiday cards on time probably won’t matter in the long run.

Give out of joy vs. obligation. Don't stress your budget. Be creative and come from your heart. It makes the gift much more meaningful.

Perform a small act of kindness without expecting anything in return.  A smile will spread some holiday cheer.

More tips - Be kind to yourself: Buy fresh flowers. Soak your feet. Spend time with close friends. Take a long walk. Sleep in. Watch the sunset. Enjoy a bubble bath. Have a massage. Listen to beautiful music. Love yourself and others, then, enjoy the most fabulous holiday season!

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Burlington Violin Shop Workshop Tours


“Oh, how beautiful!  Do you make them here?”


“Yes, we do, actually.  Do you see that violin on the top of that fixture?”


“You mean the red and gold one?”


“That’s one of our workshop instruments.”


This particular exchange has played over countless times in our shop.  Visitors are always fascinated at the prospect that these works of art with infinite possibilities can be brought to life in the back of a shop in the Church Street Marketplace.  Violin making in itself is not a lost art, but it is far less prevalent in our region, even in the United States, when compared historically to areas of Europe.  Kathy Reilly and Oren Kronick, owners of the company, have dedicated themselves to bringing that excellence and old-time European tradition to our community with world-class luthiers embodying a combined century of experience.


So, how long does it take to make a violin?  What kind of work goes into creating one?  Our Vermont Violins workshop instruments are a company-wide team effort with at least three luthiers perfecting each and every creation.  The first luthier carves and graduates the top and back plates, using hand-picked, aged Bosnian maple for the back and German spruce for the top.  The plates are then transported to the next luthier, who assembles the instrument, constructing ribs around a form and adding the scroll, neck, and fingerboard using the same techniques pioneered by historical greats.  The last step is the varnish, which is applied in even coats to the instrument.  The varnish is where the luthier may choose to take creative license.  Our workshop instruments are characterized by a rich Parisian red hue, highlighted by golden edges on the ribs.  On the scroll, the chamfers, the flat portion around the scroll, are accentuated by a black outline.  Once the varnish is complete, it just needs to dry and voila!  We have a violin!  This entire process takes, on average, about two months to complete.


After questions of “how do you fix a violin?” and “what’s on the inside?” to “what is the difference between a $200 instrument and a $5000 instrument?”  we came up with a unique learning opportunity to satiate the average curious and arts-loving Vermonter (and visitors of course!): Vermont Violins Workshop tours, bringing marketplace goers into the life of a luthier, or violin maker.  Every Saturday at 10:00am, we will take you into our Burlington workshop and give demonstrations and answer questions on how our instruments are created, restored, and repaired.  All are welcome, musicians or not!  The tours are completely free, and in addition, all participants will be granted a 10% discount on any one accessory (not including strings, instruments, bows, or services) on the day of the tour.  We look forward to seeing you!


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Why Should I get a Professional Bra Fitting?


It is estimated that 85% of women are in the incorrect bra size!

Really! 85%! That is an unbelievable number but it's true. We see it every single day.

Now, why is that? Most places just don't have the range in sizes. Mainstream stores don’t want to invest in the design and production of the range of bra sizes per style that it takes to offer a proper fit.

With so many sizes at Aristelle, we are able to fit a bra to your body and not you into a bra!


The Myth of the Double Ds:

Since most stores only offer A,B,C cups, you can imagine that a D or Double-D sounds big and a G or H might blow someone's mind!

But the reality is 50% of women are a D cup or higher and E cups and F cups are actually common!

Aristelle carries bras with cup sizes A through N and band sizes 28 to 48.


Why are we so enthusiastic about bra fitting?

Once you understand how a bra should fit and literally see the difference it makes in your posture, comfort, silhouette and confidence, you'll want to sing it from the rooftops too!

We are passionate about the educational process of our fittings because we know this is what changes women's lives.

The correct fitting bra reduces shoulder and neck pain as well as relieves stress on other muscles of your body.
Your bra is not just an article of clothing. It has a job! It’s important to have all aspects of the fit be correct so that you are supported throughout the day.

An incorrect size can lead to:

  • The band riding up in the back


  • Breasts not lifting


  • The straps falling down


  • The cups gaping


  • Constantly needing to adjust yourself throughout the day


By having one of our professionals examine the fit of your bra we can guarantee that you will find your true bra size and be much more comfortable. 


Bra fitting is not scary!

We take a quick measurement over your clothes. We'll have you try a few bras on so we can see the size and shape and then you can decide how many different colors and styles you would like to try. And we have plenty to choose from.

Bra fitting is fun!

Most often it is really fun with laughter and enlightenment.

And every day we hear things like:

"You changed my life!"

"I've never felt so comfortable"

"I didn't know I could look like this"

"This is amazing!”

"Can I wear this bra now and throw my old bra in the trash"

So it's not just us saying it :-)


Don't think it's worth the money?

Yes, our bras cost a little more. They are made with quality material, designed with comfort in mind, and should last you years, (not months).

Our bras range in price from $50 to $200+

For something you wear every day and that can affect your comfort every minute, we don't think $75 is too high a price to pay. 

And remember, you can also buy hot dogs or a filet mignon, flip flops or Louboutins, paper plates or good china. As with everything in life, you get what you pay for. Aristelle carries most of the top brands in the world.

Be happy!

We are here for all ages, shapes and sizes. We think you are perfect just as you are and there is no judgment at our store. We want to help you feel more comfortable with the body you have. 

Brides - we've got you covered

Nursing moms - we've got you covered

Swimwear - we've got you covered

Cozy pajamas - we've got you covered

Special occasion - we've got you covered....or uncovered ;-)

Come have your epiphany today!!!

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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!

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The Body Shop According to B

By Brandy Companion of The Body Shop


What's the best part of my career? It's 100% my company and heart.

How does heart play out in a retail environment? At 84 Church Street, our day-to-day is not about the sales. What we bring to the table is much more.

I'll use Sam as an example... A college age young man walked into the shop with a group of girls. I noticed he very casually kept breaking away from the group and scanning the room. I could easily tell he was uncomfortable being in the shop but had questions. Sam had very deep blemishes in his face and neck and I could see he felt self conscious about them.

I walked up and said, "Hey I'm Brandy!" I shook his hand and he introduced himself and looked around to see if his group was watching. "Sam would you mind if I pack you a few samples on the down low? We have some really great products that men use too." He agreed. I packed him some tea tree body wash and face wash. "Do me a favor and use these and only these twice a day for three days. If you feel confident with the results stop back by the shop and we can talk more okay?"


About a week later Sam came back to the shop smiling with a completely different energy.

"Hey Brandy can you help me more with my face? It feels way better already." It looked clearer and more healthy too.

You see, I never sold to Sam that first visit. What I saw was a person so self conscious of his skin irritations that he barely looked up from the floor. If it was about the sales I could have gone through some sort of speech about the products, called him out in front of his friends and pushed the product, but that's not why we are here. Sam had serious concerns and I knew we could help him.

I came to this company because of our values, belief in doing well in this world and because like me, it is 150% heart. I encourage you to stop by the shop and feel our values for yourself.


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PETA recognizes The North Face with the Innovator for Animals Award

By Mark Kalloz of The North Face Lifestyle Store (90 Church St)

Something amazing happened in 2014 and no one is even talking about it.  

The North Face - one of the largest outerwear producers in the world - recently re released it’s new revolutionary insulation technology-The ThermoBall™

ThermoBall™ mimics goose down but provides more versatility than down, which loses its insulating capability when wet. ThermoBall™ insulation consists of small, round fibers that cluster like feathers and features the same loft and compressibility as down but offers the added benefit of supplying uncompromising warmth in all weather conditions.


In recognition of this technological advance in cruelty-free outerwear, PETA presented  The North Face with its Innovator for Animals Award. "ThermoBall™ technology perfectly demonstrates how cruelty-free synthetics are exceeding down's performance attributes", says PETA Associate Director Mimi Bekhechi. "This award recognizes The North Face for its innovative efforts to provide outdoor sports enthusiasts with outerwear that's durable, light, packable, machine-washable and, best of all, Earth- and goose-friendly."

WOW! Earth and animal friendly.  No one else is doing this at this level!

Visit the Church Street Marketplace in downtown Burlington to find your new ThermoBall™ vest, jacket, hoodie, and/or parka.  A rainbow of colors are available at your local The North Face dealer: 90 Church St or 210 College St.  Both downtown locations are locally owned and operated by and staffed by knowledgeable outdoor enthusiasts!




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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.

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Winter Lights | Burlington Winter Weekend

Citizens Bank joins us as presenting sponsor of Winter Lights 2014, an ongoing light installation on the Marketplace. Yes, the beautiful canopies will be back (on every intersection)….and the colored spheres! Our partnership with Citizens Bank allows us to enhance the display further for 2014 adding to the magical experience of Church Street!

Join Mayor Weinberger and Linda Magoon from Citizens Bank at 5pm SHARP on Friday, February 7 near the intersection of Church and Bank Streets for the illumination of Church Street, the Winter Lights Switch On and the Burlington Winter Weekend kick off!

The Winter Weekend celebrations reach every corner of downtown Burlington! Hotel VT’s Ice Bar takes place on Friday, February 7th and Saturday, February 8th from 6:30pm-9:30pm! Enjoy specialty drinks, beautifully constructed ice sculptures and drinks that have been run through ice luges! Spend the following day watching brave souls jump in the lake, yes in February, to raise awareness and funds for Special Olympics Vermont, then head to the Church Street Marketplace for Winter Weekend activities!

The Outdoor Gear Exchange will host a snow shoeing demo in front of their store from Noon-4pm! Enjoy Wicked Good Ice’s Ice Sculpting Demo starting at 12:15pm SHARP, and beautiful ice sculpture gardens on the Marketplace! We extend our thanks to our ice sculpture sponsors: Alex & Ani, April Cornell, Aristelle, Church & Main, Danform Shoes, Farmhouse Group, Green Life, Lake Champlain Chocolates, Leunigs, Magic Hat Brewing Company, Ri Ra, Saratoga Olive Oil Co., Scuffer Steak & Ale House, Sheraton Burlington, and Sweetwaters, representing the Burlington Business Community and to Wicked Good Ice, the Ice Sculptor of all Church Street Ice Carvings! In addition, join us for a round of mini ice golf, Tic Tac Toe and Horseshoe Ice, all happening on the Marketplace, sponsored by Citizens Bank!

Downtown businesses are offering the Ice Breaker Button Promotion which provides visitors with special discounts and deals! The Ice Breaker Button Promotion, sponsored by Citizens Bank, will be used to raise funds for Special Olympics Vermont during the Burlington Winter Weekend, February 7-9. Buttons are $2 and provide a discount to anyone who is wearing the button at participating stores. All money collected from the buttons will go directly to Special Olympics Vermont. A list of participating businesses will be posted on Church Street’s website closer to the event. You may also look for posters at participating businesses !

For more information please visit We invite you to join us in celebrating Vermont’s most important season in downtown Burlington! Celebrate winter, celebrate light!

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Shop Small on Church Street for Small Business Saturday

Shop Small® on Nov 30!

From the corner café with the tasty cappuccinos to the tailor who can expertly hem a pair of chinos, the Church Street Marketplace and downtown Burlington has an eclectic blend of locally owned and operated stores that are the heartbeat of our center of commerce as well as community center in Burlington, Vermont.

Small Business Saturday® is a day to support the local businesses that continually give back to our schools and nonprofits. It is a day dedicated to investing back in our local economy and supporting the business owners who support us! This year, the big day is Nov 30, and we want you to get out and Shop Small®. It is America’s busiest shopping weekend!

If you’re a small business owner, you can head to to download free marketing materials to help attract customers on the day. We hope you can join us in making this the most successful Small Business Saturday yet! Look for special deals and sales happening at for Small Business Saturday in downtown Burlington HERE and hurry in to stores as early as 8am to SHOP SMALL!!


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Summer Events-Cardboard Box Parade

Burlington, Vermont is known for a number of unique and quirky festivals as well as events….the Cardboard Box Parade is one of them! Children create costumes representing characters from their favorite books, and meet at the top of the Church Street Marketplace to march to City Hall together and enjoy a snack! The event is open to ages 2-23 and no pre-registration is necessary.

The Church Street team has the privilege of guiding the parade with our mini golf cart and hosting the storybook characters as they come alive!

The cardboard box parade is an annual Summer event, always happens the third week in July and is scheduled for this Thursday, July 18th at NOON. For more information, please contact Rebecca Goldberg at

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Wednesday Night Concert Series

The Connecting the Drops art installation brings together Burlington’s art community to raise awareness of the importance of storm water management. Nineteen rain barrels are positioned from the top of Church Street (at Pearl) and down College Street to the doors of the ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center. Each barrel features a page of the Kids VT water story illustrated by local artist Matt Morris.

By walking the trail of barrels in order (from the top of Church St. to the shores of Lake Champlain on College St.) the water story teaches about the damaging effects of stormwater to Lake Champlain and what each of us can do to intercept the runoff through the use of “green infrastructure.”

In partnership with ArtsRiot and support from Signal Kitchen, a concert series raising awareness about storm water management will take place. In addition to the concerts, non profits will offer educational information and kid friendly demonstrations. Please join us on the bricks every Wednesdays through July 31 starting at 5pm.  LIVE music will start at 6pm.

The following artists will join us on Church Street. Please follow the links below for descriptions.



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