April 29, 2010
By Greg Duggan
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.