So I thought I would share a few glimpses of Vermont with you. It is really beautiful here...very green, pretty meandering rivers, small villages, winding roads, old houses and farms. The people here are kind, which I feel is important.
One of the things about a lot of Vermonters is they really believe in businesses being locally owned...very cool, as far as I am concerned. These businesses are found in old houses, in old buildings with apartments in the upper floors and just road stands and sheds. What strikes one about these businesses is they are often very colorful (I can just imagine how they stand out all winter in the snow)...with bright purples, blues, yellows, reds, oranges and some greens. And where the buildings themselves are not brightly painted, the signs to these businesses are...take a look:
Now how cool is this? Positive Pie is a pizza place. You go through this door (don't you love the old wooden screen door, too?), walk up to a counter and order the most delicious gourmet pizzas. Inside here there is room for 3 people to perch on a stool and have a slice. But Positive Pie has a large sit down place in nearby Montpelier where they also have live music! I also think the name of this place is so cool...
And how about this sign for the local whole foods co-op (most towns have one of these) and the community center? The thing about this place is I couldn't find where to go into the building for the co-op! But I thought the sign was great.
Now this place isn't about the colorful sign, but about what the sign says:
This is one of many used book stores. This place is only open from 2-5 (14:00-17:00) five days a week! That is it! Now go ahead and click on this to enlarge it and read the sign. If you can't, here is what it says: "Hours Tue-Sat 2-5 Sun/Mon By Chance or Appt." Then it gives a phone number. This sign is written on an old piece of cardboard.
Now here is the thing about this shop. At 2:00 we walked in, and although we saw someone outside go into the residential part of the house no one came around to see us. We wandered around for about 30 minutes, but in the end we did not purchase anything since we could never get anyone to come take our money!
So this is a quick glimpse of Vermont. I will share more next week.
Everyone have a beautiful weekend and to my American friends: Have a Fun and Safe Labor Day Holiday.