February 2015
Chamber Newsletter

Fantastic opportunity for downtown landlords, business owners and property owners!

You are cordially invited to learn howVermont's tax credits and grants can be applied for your property.

 Tuesday, February 24 from 4:30 - 5:30 pm


Vermont's Downtown and Village Center Tax Credit Program has a proven track record of results - incentivizing investment, expanding businesses, and creating jobs in towns throughout the state. Now it's Brandon's turn to get involved! Caitlin Corkins, the Tax Credits & Grant Coordinator for the Agency of Commerce and Community Development is coming here to teach us about the many program basics, eligibility, how to apply and how to put together a winning application. She will be holding a training session on Tuesday, February 24 from 4:30 to 5:30 PM at the Town Hall basement meeting room. Tax credits are fungible - they are worth money to you -- so this is a not-to-be-missed opportunity for landlords, business owners, and property owners.

 Here's an invaluable chance to get financial assistance in making interior and exterior improvements, code compliance, plumbing and electrical upgrades and much more.  

If your property is in the Designated Downtown it is qualified to take part in the many programs.

Tuesday, February 24, 4:40 to 5:30 at the Town Hall Basement

Brought to you by MainStreet and the Brandon Chamber of Commerce


Brandon's Planning Commission and MainStreet are holding a meeting on February 24th at 7 PM in the basement meeting room of the Town Hall.


  It's purpose is to bring the town's many boards and organizations to the table with the goal of developing a vision of the future and improving the way the various groups work together. The meeting will also aid the Planning Commission in their development of the new Town Plan. It is expected that members of the Select Board, the Planning Commission, the Chamber, Mainstreet, the Economic Development Committee, the DRB and other groups will attend, all Brandon and Forest Dale residents are invited to come and share their views, ideas and opinions.

Come help us shape Brandon's future!  


Brandon movie in the making!! Kickstarter Campaign.
Local resident and Stephen A. Douglas board member Kevin Thornton is making a movie and he needs our help.

"I have a doctorate in history and have taught college courses on the Civil War and 19th century politics. I could have written this story up for an academic journal. I still might. But I thought I had something better in this story, something with wider appeal, a love story about a gutsy young woman. And after I found her picture I knew it could be a film.

While I have the advantage of understanding the source material pretty well, I suffered under the obvious moviemaking disadvantage of, well, not being a filmmaker. Luckily for me, this is Vermont, so there are all kinds of talented, generous people who are helping with the many, many things I can't do. First among them is a young filmmaker, Josh Hummel, who signed onto this project when it was nothing but an anecdote and an idea. Without him, and all the other people helping us, this would be impossible. But now we're making a film. We have a moving - and important - story to tell, and we hope you become one of the people helping." -Professor Kevin Thornton


Click on this link for more movie information and details on the kickstarter campaign


Please support the Stephen A. Douglas Birthplace and Brandon Museum on voting day, March 3rd.

Brandon Museum and Visitor Center at the Stephen A. Douglas Birthplace

Fact Sheet

The Visitor's Center:

  • Many brochures about area attractions                                

  • Hiking maps and guides for area trails

  • Public restroom                                                              

  • Free WI FI  

  • Upwards of 700 Visitors in 2014                                                                              


    The Museum:

  • Free admission

  • Hours are usually 11:00am-4:00pm, 7 days per week, Mid May-Mid October

  • Birthplace of Stephen A. Douglas(famous debater of Abraham Lincoln)

  • Brandon room(Industry, Recreation, Architecture, Relics)

  • Douglas room(Civil War, Antislavery, religious reform, Relics)

  • Interactive slideshows

  • Video: Brandon and the Antislavery Movement (approx.10 minutes)

  • 21 Volunteers dedicating 644 hours in 2014


    The Cliver Community Meeting Room:

  • Free WI FI

  • Ample power outlets

  • Whiteboard for projection and notes

  • Kitchenette

  • Can seat up to 25 people

  • Large board style table for meetings

  • Used over 50 times in 2014 by community groups

The Brandon Museum celebrates the history and lives of early Brandon residents in a first generation Vermont home. Visitors learn about early Brandon History, follow the national crisis of the mid-1800s and the anti-slavery movement in town, and explore the life and career of prominent 19th century statesman Stephen A. Douglas, who was born in the home in 1813. The Museum features early photographs, Brandon artifacts, and fascinating stories about the lives and thoughts of some of the first Vermonters.

Michael Nerney presents

ADDICTION : The Why, The How, and the What Now?

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

at 7 PM

at the Brandon Inn

cosponsored by Brandon Cares and Rutland Area Prevention(RAP)


Michael Nerney, an internationally known lecturer, a consultant in Substance Abuse Prevention and Education and former Director of the Training Institute of Narcotic and Drug Research, Inc. (NDRI). Doors will open at 6:30 and seating is limited. For more information, please contact us at



Please join us at the Brandon Inn at 7 p.m.

This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.


 Brandon Cares is a community organization dedicated to education, outreach, treatment and prevention of opiate drug addiction. You can find us on Facebook or email us at brandonvtcares@gmail.com 


Otter Valley Union High School

The Walking Stick Theatre One act plays- 7pm Friday, February, 27th and Saturday February 28th, and at 2pm Sunday, March 1st.

Otter Valley Union High School's award winning Walking Stick Theatre will present a collection of one-act performances at 7pm Friday, February, 27th and Saturday February 28th, and at 2pm Sunday, March 1st. Performances will be held in the high school theater and tickets will cost $5.00.


Of the five short plays to be performed, four will be directed by students.

Seniors Katie McCarthy and Andrew Jerome are co-directing Jonathan Dorfs's "4 A.M.," a play that explores what it's like to be awake when the rest of your world is sleeping.


Senior Liam Noonan is directing "On the Street," a play about the homeless. Maggie Smith and Vytas Nielson, also seniors, are co-directing "Law & Order: Fairy Tale Unit. In this spoof on the long-running TV series, the characters from fairy tales and nursery rhymes are represented by two separate yet equally ridiculous groups: the fairy tale police who investigate fairy tale crime, and the fairy tale district attorneys who prosecute the fairy tale offenders. These are their stories.


Seniors Isaac Roberts and Brenna Coombs will co-direct "Next Door," based on a short story by Kurt Vonnegut.


Jeff Hull, Director of the Walking Stick Theatre, will lead students in the Samuel French play, "She Kills Monsters." A comedic romp into the world of role-playing games, "She Kills Monsters" tells the story of Agnes Evans as she leaves her childhood home in Ohio after the death of her teenage sister Tilly. When Agnes finds Tilly's Dungeons and Dragons notebook, she stumbles into an action packed adventure and discovers the imaginary world that was Tilly's refuge.



PSAPs (Public Safety Answering Point)
Brndon Fire Chief addresses Chamber board

Brandon Fire Department Chief Roman Wdowiak addressed the Chamber board and expressed his concerns with the governor's proposal to consolidate Vermont's four PSAPs (Public Safety Answering Point) into just two. He is fearful that this consolidation will pose a threat to Vermonters' public safety. Individual dispatchers and the teams working each shift represent a vast resource of local knowledge about the area in which they serve. The new plan is to close two emergency dispatch centers. One is in Derby, which serves Caledonia, Essex, Orleans counties and part of Orange county, and the second center is in Rutland, which serves Addison, Bennington and Rutland counties.


Chief Wdowiak urged any concerned citizens to email and call Governor Shumlin and Commissioner Flynn to express their concern over this issue.


Contact info:
Gov. Shumlin- 802-828-3333    web page- governor.vermont.gov/contact-us


VT Public Safety Commissioner Keith Flynn- 802-244-8718   email- keith.flynn@state.vt.us

Reed, Rosin and Pedal at Brandon Music


Brandon Music welcomes Reed, Rosin and Pedal (RRP), a Vermont classical music trio, on Saturday, February 28, at 7:30pm.

Reed, Rosin and Pedal features artistic director Wesley Christensen on clarinet, Laura Markowitz, violin and Melody Puller, piano.  The group was formed in 2012 and is made up of Vermont musicians from the Vermont Symphony Orchestra and the greater Burlington area.  Whether playing the wild notes of Bartok or the smooth and flowing lines of Khachaturian; RRP's mission is to promote the music of this unique combination of instruments.


A sample of some of the pieces they will perform include, 'Serenade for Three' composed by Peter Schickele, 'Five Pieces for Two Violins and Piano' by Dmitri Shostakovich and 'Cuatro Estaciones Porteņas (The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires) composed by Astor Piazolla and arranged by Reed, Rosin and Pedal.


Wesley Christensen, a.k.a "Reed", has played clarinet with the Champlain Philharmonic Orchestra, Vermont Youth Orchestra, Shrewsbury Chamber Music Society, University of Vermont Symphony Orchestra, the Vermont Mozart Festival, and the Opera Theatre of Weston.  Christensen has played at many venues including the Flynn Theater in Burlington and Carnegie Hall in New York City.  He was a recipient in 2009 of the Eden's Edge Young Artist's Award.  Christensen graduated from the University of Vermont in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music.  He currently teaches clarinet at the Monteverdi Music School in Montpelier.


Laura Markowitz, a.k.a "Rosin", received her Bachelor's degree in Music from Indiana University, studying there with Paul Bliss and Peter Marsh.  Markowitz has been a member of the Santiago Philharmonic (Chile), the Florida Orchestra, and the Ohio Chamber Orchestra.  Currently, she is a member of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra and also plays in the Burlington Chamber Orchestra and the Green Mountain Opera.  Markowitz plays in various chamber music concerts and coaches chamber music through the Vermont Youth Orchestra Association and at Kinhaven Music School in the summer.  She also plays in the band Symphony Reel which tours Vermont schools throughout the year.


Melody Puller, a.k.a "Pedal", has performed in numerous St. Paul's Cathedral Arts concerts since 2004, in both solo and collaborative recitals.  She received her Master of Music degree in Piano Pedagogy and Performance from the University of Idaho in 2002, studying piano with Dr. G. Jay Mauchley.  Puller moved to Vermont in 2002 and continued her studies with Elaine Greenfield.  She has performed in the master classes of John O'Connor and Andre LaPlante at the Adamant Music School.  She maintains a private teaching studio and has been a board member for the Vermont Music Teachers Association since 2005.


This concert promises an evening of enjoyment for classical music lovers as well as listeners of high quality music in general.


Tickets for the concert are $15 with a pre-concert dinner available for $20.  Reservations are required for dinner and recommended for the show. Venue is BYOB.  Call (802) 247-4295 or e-mail info@brandon-music.net for reservations or more information. Brandon Music is located at 62 Country Club Rd. Brandon, VT 05733. www.brandon-music.net | http://reedrosinandpedal.weebly.com/ 

Adult and Kids Swing Dancing Classes at Compass


Swing dancing in Vermont may be more popular than you know! Informal dances are held throughout the state on a regular basis. Give swing dancing a chance and you might just be completely surprised in how much fun it is!


Compass Music and Arts Center brings back David Allan for an extended dance series, this time including children. On March 5, 12, 19 and 26th, David will teach a beginner class for kids plus adult beginner and intermediate level courses. The kid's class runs from 5:15-6:15pm and is for children aged 8-12. The adult beginner class follows from 6:45-7:45pm, with the intermediate class from 8:00-9:00pm.


David teaches the proper posturing and connections and 6-12 basicsix-count swing patterns in both the adult and kids beginner's classes. The intermediate class will learn Charleston eight-count moves and how to combine East Coast Swing with Lindy hop. The prerequisite for intermediate class participants is to have taken the beginner class or have equivalent experience.


David Allan learned to swing dance from the top dance instructors in the country while living in San Francisco in the 1990s. He runs Green Mountain Stomp Swing Dancing,teaching and organizing swing dances and has taught for eight years in communities and colleges throughout the Champlain Valley.


$25 for the kid's full 4-class series. $40 for one adult series or $65 for both. Reservations are required with payment due at the first class. Contact 802-247-4295 or info@cmacvt.org.


The Compass Music and Arts Center is located at Park Village, 333 Jones Dr. Brandon VT, 05733 (Park Village used to be the Brandon Training School, located 1.5 miles north of downtown Brandon off of Arnold District Rd.). www.cmacvt.org

Call for Artists and Music Enthusiasts:

Sales offer opportunity to sell your unwanted items

Artists and music enthusiasts naturally generate excess supplies, artwork, music and equipment. Compass Music and Arts Center offers two separate events where these unwanted items can be sold to the general public. Clean out your overstuffed closet or basement and make some cash at the same time! See the event information below and contact 802-247-4295 or info@cmacvt.org to reserve a space or with questions.

Artist Sale- March 7, 10-4pm

     Calling all Artists: Do you have unwanted art supplies, materials, or artwork that you would like to sell? Sell them at our Artist Sale on Saturday, March 7th from 10-4pm and give someone else the chance to utilize the materials or enjoy your works of art. This is not a sale in which to offer your full-priced, gallery-ready pieces, however, in addition to offering unused art supplies, consider selling items such as older, unsold work and reject art or "seconds".


$25 per space ($30 if renting a table) for each 6'x6' selling space with a maximum of 3 spaces per seller. Spaces are limited. No commission is taken so price your items to sell. Send completed registration form and payment by check by Thursday, March 5th. Registration form is available online at www.cmacvt.org or by contacting 802-247-4295 or info@cmacvt.org.



Music Swap Meet-April 4, 10-4pm

     Calling all Music Enthusiasts: The Music Swap Meet on Saturday, April 4th from 10-4pm is a great opportunity for record collectors and enthusiasts, audio fanatics and musicians of all types to sell, swap and barter vinyl records, CDs, 78s, tapes, audio equipment, phonographs, radios, musical instruments, ephemera and more.


$25 per space ($30 if renting a table) for each 6'x6' selling space with a maximum of 3 spaces per seller. Spaces are limited. No commission is taken so price your items to sell. Send completed registration form and payment by check by Thursday, April 2nd. Registration form is available online at www.cmacvt.org or by contacting 802-247-4295 or info@cmacvt.org.



Compass Music and Arts Center is located at Park Village, 333 Jones Dr. Brandon VT, 05733 (Park Village used to be the Brandon Training School, located 1.5 miles north of downtown Brandon off of Arnold District Rd.). www.cmacvt.org

Creative Music & Live Looping Workshop and Concert with Acoustic

Double-Neck Guitarist Ian Ethan Case


Creative Music & Live Looping workshop, Saturday, March 14, at the Compass Music and Arts Center from 11am-2pm with Ian Ethan Case (fee $35) followed by a concert at Brandon Music at 7:30pm (tickets $15).


Following a very successful performance at Brandon Music (sister venue to the Compass Music and Arts Center) in 2014 which left the audience exhilarated, exhausted, amazed and enthralled, Ian Ethan Case will give a second not-to-be-missed performance at Brandon Music on Saturday, March 14th at 7:30pm.  Ian is only one of about five musicians worldwide to tackle the acoustic double necked guitar in earnest.  Drawing on a diverse musical background that saw Ian taking piano lessons at the age of five and later studying the drums, orchestral percussion, saxophone, electric guitar and bass, he naturally moved into playing this extraordinary, seldom-seen instrument.


Prior to the concert, Ian will be offering a workshop at the Compass Music and Arts Center from 11am-2pm.  This is an amazing opportunity for all musicians and those interested in music to develop their knowledge, skills and explore their unique creative potential.


In the first half of the workshop, Ian will focus on: 

  • ear training
  • developing better timing and rhythmic versatility
  • finding your own path (Ian will share a bit of his journey so far and how he ended up on this particular track in terms of musical direction, as a way to encourage people to explore their own unique creative potential.) 

In the second half, Ian will take everyone through the technological aspects of live looping, as well as demonstrating and exploring with the participants looping's creative aspects.


Emmy-winning composer and producer Peter Bruce Wilder was one of the first to discover Ian's talent and unique voice in the remote hills of Northern Vermont, proclaiming in 2008:

"Ian Ethan represents something so new in musical approach, that the result is near impossible to pigeon hole into a 'sounds like' statement. It has been my personal privilege to observe his unwavering and deep exploration of this new technique and on a relatively rare instrument ... the original music of Ian Ethan is not to be missed."
In January 2013, Ian was invited to perform with some of the world's foremost guitarists and bass players as part of Muriel Anderson's "All-Star Guitar Night" at the annual NAMM convention in Anaheim California, where he shared the stage with Robben Ford, Victor Wooten, Stu Hamm, Mimi Fox, and Stanley Jordan, among others. Since then he has gone on to perform with some of the most respected artists in his genre, including international solo bass icon and innovator Michael Manring and Grammy Award-winning reed player Paul McCandless (Bela Fleck & The Flecktones, Paul Winter Consort), as well as top notch classical musicians from the Boston Symphony and Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra.

Most recently, after both were featured nationwide on the same NPR program ("Here & Now", Dec. 2013), Ian performed his original works at the Boston Museum of Science Planetarium with 4-Time Grammy Award-winning cellist Eugene Friesen, with whom he continues to collaborate.


For more information about the concert or to enroll in the workshop contact Edna Sutton by March 13th at 4pm at 802-247-4295 or visit www.cmacvt.org.


Compass Music and Arts Center is located at Park Village, 333 Jones Dr. Brandon VT, 05733 (Park Village used to be the Brandon Training School, located 1.5 miles north of downtown Brandon off of Arnold District Rd.).


Yabuno Ettun Project returns to Brandon Music
Saturday, March 21 at 7:30pm

   A unique musical experience is in store for the audience on Saturday, March 21 at 7:30pm when Brandon Music welcomes back the Yabuno Ettun Project.  Ehud Ettun, bassist, and Haruka Yabuno, pianist, describe their music as "simple, but unique, and fun."  The two young masters see their music as the next level of conversation.  Their improvisatory music is on the line between classical and jazz with a mixture of Baroque esthetics and contemporary jazz.

   They say, "We began our collaboration four years ago.  Since then, we've been developing our own musical language.  This language continues to grow, taking us - as well as our audiences - above and beyond any cultural, linguistic or geographic differences and barriers."  Eliseo Cardona, editor of the blog Blue Monk Moods says, "Their music is based on the intrepid attitude that anything goes as long as risk is shooing away any fear."

    A native of Israel, Ehud Ettun is a recipient of the America Israel Cultural Foundation scholarship and "Tzfunot Tarbut" grant.  Ettun studied at the Jerusalem Music Academy with Michael Klinghoffer and at the New England Conservatory with Dave Holland and Donald Palma.  "Quickly establishing himself as an up-and-coming bassist on the Jazz and world music scene" (Jazz Earshot), Ettun has performed at venues ranging from New York's Blue Note to Washington Kennedy Center and Boston's Symphony Hall.  He has performed with many artists including George Garzone, Danilo Perez, Fred Hersh, Frank London and others.

   Haruka Yabuno began her musical career at the piano when she was three and gave her first improvisation.  Her foundations in classical piano continued to strengthen as she accumulated numerous distinctions in national level competitions that eventually led her to be accepted into the prestigious Kumitachi College of Music in Tokyo, Japan.  While at Kumitachi College, Yabuno was exposed to the music of Jazz and studied with legendary pianists such as Makoto Ozone, Yosuke Yamashita and Masahiro Sayama.  Yabuno was awarded the highest honor by the Jazz department, The Yosuke Yamashita Award.  In 2010, Yabuno received a scholarship to Berklee School of Music in Boston.  Currently a resident of New York City, Yabuno has performed at many prestigious venues including Jazz at the Kitano, Shapeshifter Lab, Caffe Vivaldi, Somethin' Jazz and many more.


Concert tickets are $15.  A pre-concert dinner is available for $20.  Reservations are recommended for the show and required for dinner.  Venue is BYOB. Call (802)247-4295 or e-mail info@brandon-music.net for reservations or information.  Brandon Music is located at 62 Country Club Rd. Brandon, VT 05733 http://www.brandon-music.net | www.yabunoettun.com/  


28 Days of February Special

It's the 28 days of February Event at Village Spa and Salon
We will be offering a variety of specials in all areas of the spa and you pay only $28.00 
We have :
  • A detoxifying foot soak with Shiatsu Chair Massage $28.00
  • Eye Lash Tinting $28.00
  • Ear Candling $28.00
  • A Spa Manicure (your choice Almond or Citrus) $28.00  
  • An Awaken by Surface Scalp Facial $28.00- with this service receive 15% off Awaken Products for at home care 

OR  Upgrade your 50 Minute Massage to 80 Minutes for an additional $28

Call us to schedule your appointment for February today!!

PS.  We are suffering a bit from cabin fever and may occasionally offer and extra daily or weekly special...be sure to check facebook, our website and your email....you might be pleasantly surprised

See you soon,  Heather & Jenn

Click on the link below for the latest newsletter from our friendly little print shop in Middlebury.
Antiques By the Falls


For Sale: The Inside Scoop is selling its copy / fax / email machine; a Kyocera Taskalfa 300ci. This machine would be perfect for a business in town that would like to offer copy / fax service to the public, or for a business that does high volume.

 It has lots of miles left on it. We are in a month-to-month contract with a firm that provides all supplies and service at no cost -- we pay per click per copy made. Lots of value. Some of the features of the machine include:

*           Black & white copying

*           Color copying

*           Copying of all sizes up to 11 x 17

*           All thicknesses of paper

*           Fax in or out

*           Scan documents and email them out

*           Reads JPG and PDF documents off a flash drive

*           You can download the printer driver to one or more computers.


Give us a call if you are interested and we can talk numbers. This is a great opportunity to purchase a fine machine.

Janet and Joel 802-236-3737



Otter Valley Theatre Honor
Trip to Scotland Arts Festival

Otter Valley's Walking Stick Theatre Group has been invited to attend the world renowned Fringe Arts Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland in August of 2015. They are one of 40 schools nationally to be selected to perform there. This selection is a tremendous honor for our school and the theatre department, however now they have to get there.  

Donations to support this wonderful educational opportunity can be made online at http://www.gofundme.com/OtterValleytoFringeFest. Any contribution will be appreciated. The total cost of the trip is over $60,000.

 Multiple fundraisers will also be taking place throughout the school year.

Thank you in advance for your consideration.


Brandon Vermont

Seeking sponsors to partner in our programming and ongoing rejuvenation and restoration!

   This is an exciting time for the Brandon Town Hall. We invite you to join us in building a future for this vibrantCommunity Center and event venue. The Friends were successful in obtaining a matching grant from Historic Preservation of Vermont to repair, replace and refurbish the 10 large, original windows in the upper hall. We were also awarded a Cultural Facilities Grant to continue our electrical upgrades throughout the building and new audio and lighting equipment for an incredible improvement to our stage area. We have become a destination venue for the central part of the great state of Vermont.

   The Friends of the Town Hall continue, in 2015, to build upon the success of years past. In order to do so, we seek sponsors to partner in our programming and ongoing rejuvenationand restoration.Individuals or organizations sponsoring programs will be featured on our website and program handbills, and will be seen by patrons from Brandon and many surrounding towns.

   Investment in this community asset is a way to visibly contribute to civic life andeconomic developmentin Brandon.The Town Hall is playing a growing role in attracting business to local shops, restaurants and guest houses. As our facility and programming continue to gather momentum, theTown Hall has become an engine of the local economy. Your sponsorship is one of the keys to the Town Hall's success.

   The Silent Movie Festival, already a tradition at the Town Hall, is a perfect opportunity for individual or corporate sponsorship. Featuring accompanying New Hampshire musician Jeff Rapsis, each silent movie attracted an average of 80-90movie goers last year. At a cost of $300 for each showing, you could become part of this Town Hall tradition. We plan to show six movies this year, andyou or your company may be interested in sponsoring all or part ofthe entire series.

   Our plan to make the basement area an additional space dedicated to educational, artistic and theatrical presentations has become a reality. It is being used by numerous community organizations including the Brandon Select Board, Cub Scouts, Recreation Dept., Civic groups, for special meetings, is available year round for community groups and can be rented for rehearsals, parties, receptions, etc.

   Please contact me at denniswmarden@gmail.com or at 802-247-5420 if you would like additional information on programming, use of the Hall, rental opportunities or just a tour of the building. We welcome you to visit ourwebsite at BrandonTownHall.org,and you can follow us on Facebook.

As a 501(c) 3 organization your sponsorship/contribution is tax deductible. Contributions in any amount towards this years programming would be greatly appreciated

   Thank youin advance for your generosity,

Dennis W. Marden, President

Office for Rent
25 Union Street   

$350 - $375/month includes utilities

Two offices available.  Located at 25 Union Street, corner of Union St. and Railroad Ave, with the following amenities: Furnished Office spaces, Conference Room, Security System, Client Waiting Area, Kitchen, Bathroom with Shower, Off-street Parking.


Affordable and Professional!                    Contact: Stephanie at 247-3214


Space available in the GRANARY  29 Union St.

Large, bright and sunny corner studio is available - second floor.

The 19th Century building that has been restored and remodeled to accommodate those devoted to the arts and to small business. Fully renovated, with new electrical and heating systems, insulation and new windows. Current studios are occupied by a publisher, illustrator, milliner, painters, sculptor, photographer, jeweler, graphic designer, and Brandon Artist Guild. 

This the only available studio space available in the building. 


 $385/month all utilities included (except AC)


If interested please contact me at: sjerome@visuallearningco.com, or 802-247-3214


Thanks! Stephanie


- Please forward this note to interested artists and small businesses~

2nd Floor Office above Gourmet Provence

39A Center Street, Brandon, VT



Includes room, free WI-FI, closet, waiting room, kitchenette, bathroom and great location.

Interested? Contact:Jim at 247-9595 or Nancy at 558-1444 


Please Practice Polite Parking :)
Be aware of your fellow businesses and their needs.

We all have to be aware of parking by our employees in the downtown. Try to park off the main streets when possible, and if you park out front before other businesses open, try to move your vehicle after regular hours kick in.
 There's lots of off-street parking so take advantage of it when you can.
Remember we're here for hours working, but our customers are only popping in for a short time, so let's make it easy and convenient for them to shop and support all of our businesses.

Thanks for making it easier for all of our customers.

BIZ Cards





"Brandon Means Business" campaign
  We want YOUR Success Story!


Has being in Brandon made a positive impact on your business?  Has the great water, the revolving loan fund, supportive community, reliable employees or (fill in the blank) been a key in helping you grow and succeed in your business dreams? 
The Reporter, the Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce and the Brandon Area Economic Development Committee want to promote Brandon's business appeal while also promoting your business. The Reporter will create testimonial ads featuring key individuals from local businesses and their quotes on why Brandon is good for Business.
We'll run those ads on the Chamber and Town websites, The Reporter and other area newspapers. Don't be shy. It's at no cost to you and as they say, it's a win - win!


Contact Alyssa Zollman at ads@brandonreporter.com or Bernie Carr at info@brandon.org or 247-6401 for more details.


The Brandon Artist Guild will be closed on Mondays through April.


Think Spring!!


802 247-4956

Vermont Association of Chamber Executives
Insurance program offerings for Chamber members.
Although the VACE health insurance program, that many of took advantage of for years, is no longer available, other products still offered through VACE include, Dental, Vision & Life/Accident packages. More information on all of these products can be found at www.vaceinsurance.com
Or contact Holden Financial Services (802) 775-2503 
Welcome !!
2015 New Members- go to Brandon.org for more info on our newest members


Edward Jones- Brady Prentice, financial advisor 989-5464

Briggs Carriage Co. Hair Lounge- Lisa Phelps 465-8396


Own a business?? Join us and connect with other dynamic businesses in the Brandon area.
Just click here for an application and rates.  

We also have many Individual Members -- what a great way to support a local non-profit and all the great things we do in our town. (Individual memberships are only $50/year)

Jeanne Collins- RNESU Superintendent

No regular Chamber meeting in March- the board will gather for their annual retreat.
Next Chamber Meeting-
 Monday, April 20th 2015 at 6:30
The Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors will meet at 6:30pm in the Cliver Room at the Stephen A Douglas Birthplace. Chamber membership and the general public are invited to attend.