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Valley of Makers

Long before it was “a thing”, Vermont’s Mad River Valley has been home to an astonishing array of “makers” of all kinds. It’s a community that has been an attractive incubator for an oddly eclectic collection of artisans and entrepreneurs. These artists, chefs, bakers, crafters, musicians, food producers, farmers, wellness practitioners and designers have, quite literally, woven themselves into the fabric of the community. Interestingly, the pandemic crisis has spurred this creative sector and we now have more makers, small businesses and retailers than ever before.

They have made the Mad River Valley a creative hub that stands in stark contrast to the numbing homogenization that has become ever more ubiquitous.  The Mad River Valley experience is not just about appreciating unique products that are unavailable elsewhere. It is more about developing a bond with these makers and understanding what drives their work and how it is directly connected to the place they call home.

The growth of the Mad River Valley’s maker community encourages visitors and Vermonters to discover something new, seek out a unique experiences and support a community that is striving to create a sustainable path forward while remaining true to its roots. While outdoor recreation is the major driver for visitation to the Mad River Valley this growing movement creates a vital, new aspect to the ways people interact with the community.

Artisans
A Wink Designs
Salt & Sand Studios
Mad River Glass Gallery
All Things Bright & Beautiful (hand painted ornaments)
Artisan’s Gallery (___? local artisans)

Potters
Waitsfield Pottery
Luke Iannuzie Pottery Studio
Fiber Artists
Atelier 101
Blockhouse Pottery Studio

Food & Beverage Makers
Ariels’s Honey Infusion
Awake Coffee
Babbette’s Table Charcuterie
Noah’s Fizzy Lemonade
Lawson’s Finest Liquids
Collaborative Brewing Company
Mad River Distillers
Mad River Winery
Ploughgate Butter
Floodwoods Maple Syrup
Tin Hat Cider
Green Rabbit Bread
Mad River Taste Place
Red Hen Baking
KS Coffee

Farm & Garden
vonTrapp Flower Farm
Knoll Farm
Hartshorn’s Farm and Farm Tours
vonTrapp Farmstead

Fiber Arts
Mad River Fiber Mill
Yarnstream
Shades of Winter Yarn Shop
Knoll Farm

Wellness Makers
Three Buds Apothecary

Designers
Product Think Tank
Whippletree Designs
Forage & Finery
Silver Trout Fly Fishing Shop

Fine Artists
Art in the Village
Moosewalk Studios & Gallery
Marilyn Ruseckas
Katie Babic Designs
John Matusz
Bundy Gallery
Liz Harris

 

 

Retail Shops
The Mad River Valley’s retail shops take great pride in supporting local makers as they are well aware that their wares are what attract so many of their own customers.

Fashion
Forty Bridge
The Green Closet
The Warren Store Upstairs
Someday Boutique
Sportive

Gifts
The Collection
Tempest Bookshop

Food & Beverage
Mad River Taste Place
Mehuron’s Market
Paradise Provisions

Ski, Snowboard & Oudoor  Shops
Clearwater Sports
Splinters Board Shop
VT North Ski Shop
Alpine Options  Ski Shop
Mountainside Ski Shop
Umiak Outfitters

 

 

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