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April 29, 2010

By Greg Duggan

Observer staff

After years operating out of a woodshop in Williston, Vermont Butcher Block and Board Company owner David Glickman is expanding his business with a retail store in Burlington.

 


    Observer photo by Greg Duggan
Vermont Butcher Block owner David Glickman stands outside his new retail store on College Street in Burlington. The Williston-based company is expanding by opening the factory store.

Glickman founded the company in 2004, and builds cutting boards, salad bowls, utensils and more. Though Glickman said he opens his Williston woodshop to customers if they set up an appointment, he makes most of his sales online at www.vermontbutcherblock.com. So far, the strategy has worked well; Vermont Butcher Block and Board Company has been mentioned in publications including Cook’s Illustrated and Design New England, and has picked up customers from throughout the country.

Still, Glickman sees room to expand.

“I enjoy the craft shows that I do. And I want to grow my business, be the next Danforth (Pewterers) or the next big Vermont company,” Glickman said. “There’s no way to do that without a factory store, so all the sudden it was just time.”

Glickman expects to obtain his certificate of occupation on Thursday and open to the public on Friday.

The new company store at 173 College St. in Burlington will sell Vermont Butcher Block products including knife blocks, cutting boards, cheese boards, utensils and wood care products. Glickman also plans to offer a variety of other products made in Vermont. Having met other Vermont crafters and artisans in his years running Vermont Butcher Block, Glickman wants to sell their products in his store.

“The majority of our stuff will be Vermont made,” Glickman said.

Two employees work at the Williston woodshop, and Glickman plans to hire two more workers for the retail store.

Glickman and his employees have spent the past several weeks preparing the retail store for the May 1 opening. They’ve been painting, patching the floor and stocking shelves. And with the nice weather, Glickman said he often leaves the door open during the day. That alone has started to generate interest.

“It’s amazing how many people walk in when the door is open,” Glickman said.

Because the store is located next to City Hall Park, Glickman also hopes to capitalize on shoppers visiting the Burlington Farmers Market on Saturdays.

 

The Vermont Butcher Block company store is located at 173 College St. in Burlington. Owner David Glickman plans to open the store on May 1, and it will be open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.


Comments

  1. youngvt says:

    I am writing in response to Mr. Hoxworth’s article on transportation costs for the poor in Vermont. I would like to suggest further research on this topic before we simply just give another handout or tax credit. The poor, may, have a higher disproportionate burden on their transportation costs than the wealthier residents of Vermont; however, they also have a lower disproportionate burden on taxes and housing. Pick your evil.
    We can simply just give every poor Vermonter an energy efficient car, gas card, free tuition, renter’s rebate, etc.…but the only way out of poverty is through the combination of education, hard work, and discipline. Education and degrees are not handed out or purchased; a person has to EARN them. This seems to be the only way out of poverty—sorry, there are no shortcuts.
    If we continue this trend of enabling, our entire state will be a welfare state.

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