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60 State Street Asphalt Mural A mural by local artist Rob Hitzig brings colorful public art to Montpelier.
A Bright Winter for Montpelier

A Bright Winter for Montpelier

By: Sheena Khan (Marketing & Communications Manager for Montpelier Alive)

Montpelier Alive has big plans this winter! Thanks to some successful grant writing and crowdfunding, we will be able to complete Phase 1 of our ambitious Bridge Illumination Project. The Bridge Illumination Project will artfully light up to seven

A Place to Stay Montpelier is a quaint gem of a town.  Montpelier is the smallest Capital in the Nation, with the vibrancy of a bustling city. Montpelier radiates activity.
A Unique Flavor: Entertainment at The Taste of Montpelier

Montpelier Alive’s Taste of Montpelier, presented by Hunger Mountain Co-op is so much more than a food festival. Unlike any other food festival of its kind, featured entertainment includes fantastical shows of juggling, acrobatics, yo-yo tricks and vaudeville skits. Foodies and arts enthusiasts alike will find something to savor at the festival’s main event, The Great Taste on Saturday, Sept

About Montpelier Alive Montpelier Alive celebrates the City of Montpelier. We work with partners to sustain and build upon Montpelier’s vibrant downtown community
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All Around Adventure

Montpelier is a hub for outdoor recreation, and is nestled in a valley where The North Branch and the Winooski rivers converge and public lands connect multiple networks of trails. Access to nature couldn’t be easier, from the Hubbard Park trails behind the Golden Dome to the mountain bike trails in North Branch Park. Montpelier is making its mark in the world of

Alla Vita Learn more about Alla Vita
Althea's Attic Boutique Learn more about Althea's Attic Boutique
American Dining
American food Directory of businesses serving American food.
An Inter-Galactic Independence Day in Montpelier!

Families and friends, kids of all ages - join us at the new FamilyFest at this year’s July 3rd Independence Day Celebration! Montpelier Alive hopes to reignite the flame for family fun by offering an eclectic variety of performances this year on the Main Stage on the State House Lawn from 2-5pm.

Area Services A directory of Services businesses in Montpelier
AroMed Essentials Learn more about AroMed Essentials
Art & Crafts Arts and crafts businesses in Montpelier, VT
Artisans Hand Learn more about Artisans Hand
Arts and Culture Arts and culture thrive in Montpelier. Come explore what Montpelier has to offer!
Auto care Auto care services in Montpelier, Vermont.
Bailey Road Learn more about Bailey Road
Bakery Café Desserts Bakeries! Cafes! Desserts! Oh My!
Barr Hill Distillery Learn more about Barr Hill Distillery
Barre Street Eateries

Downtown Montpelier is renowned for its wide variety of dining options, but step just outside of the mainstreet area, and find plenty of other amazing eating places. One neighborhood, along Barre Street and Stonecutters Way, offers fare that highlights farm to table, senior focused fare, or meals to help those in need.

Bars and Pubs Montpelier is home to outstanding bars and pubs. Find them all here.
Bear Pond Books Learn more about Bear Pond Books
Beautiful Montpelier: A Conversation with Linn Syz about Downtown Flowers

We recently sat down with Linn Syz, former board member at Montpelier Alive, to discuss her efforts to keep Montpelier’s downtown streets beautiful and full of colorful flowers. Linn has volunteered for years to maintain and expand the plantings across Montpelier. Her efforts are key part of Montpelier Alive’s broader commitment to downtown beautification, including holiday dec

Birchgrove Baking Learn more about Birchgrove Baking
Bohemian Bakery Learn more about Bohemian Bakery at Montpelier Alive.
Books Directory of businesses in Montpelier that provide books, games, music, etc.
Botanica Florals Learn more about Botanica Florals
Bragg Farm Sugarhouse and Gift Shop Learn more about Bragg Farm Sugarhouse and Gift Shop
Bridges Beginning in November 2024, Montpelier Alive will create a spectacular new cityscape by lighting Montpelier’s historic downtown bridges. After catastrophic flooding in July of 2023, the country’s smallest capital demonstrated its resiliency and community spirit in bringing back its downtown. Lighting the bridges that span the North Branch and Winooski Rivers will celebrate the return of this speci
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cabinfever Cabin Fever Weekend
Capital City Farmers Market Learn more about Capital City Farmers Market
Capital Kitchen Learn more about Capital Kitchen
Capitol Copy Learn more about Capitol Copy
Capitol Grounds Cafe Learn more about Capitol Grounds Cafe
Capitol Stationers Learn more about Capitol Stationers
Celebrate Halloween the Montpelier Way!

Celebrate Halloween the Montpelier Way! This year downtown celebrates Halloween with something for everyone, from trick or treating to karaoke.    Trick or treating from 4:00 - 5:00 pm starts off the evening for the youngest crowd, followed by a Halloween costume parade and jamboree (including costumed pets) with a special guest! Parade meets up at 5:00 pm, at the corn

Celebrate Spring during Montpelier's Month-Long Mayfest! The month of May is host to a full calendar of fun, family friendly events in the Capital City. While you’re Downtown, stop in to some of our amazing restaurants and independent shops & boutiques.
Celebrate the New Year in Downtown Montpelier!
Celebrate the season in Downtown Montpelier!

No matter how you celebrate the holiday season, downtown Montpelier offers something for everyone throughout December, culminating in a “uniquely Montpelier” New Year’s Eve celebration. During the darkest month of the year, downtown lights up the evening (or afternoon, at 4pm!), with holiday lights, greens, and festive window displays. Local artists display

Celebrate the total eclipse in downtown Montpelier!

April isn't the most popular in Vermont...but it's full of hidden surprises. This year, thousands are expected to descend upon Montpelier for the once in a lifetime total eclipse on April 8th. The last time the Green Mountain State was in the path of totality was 1932; it won't happen again until 2106!   Downtown businesses are excited to have th

Chill Vermont Gelato Learn more about Chill Vermont Gelato
Chinese Restaurants Chinese Restaurants in Montpelier, Vermont
Community Projector Project Our new Community Projector project, in partnership with the Montpelier Public Arts Commission, provides a world of possibilities to showcase artwork in our downtown.
Community Quilt Montpelier Alive's Tumbling Blocks Quilt, installed in March 2021 at the Montpelier Transit Center, serves to stitch together our community.
Contact Us Contact Montpelier Alive
Creative Aging Takes the Stage at June's Art Walk

“Creative aging is an important component of healthy aging, empowering older adults to reflect on life experiences through artistic skills and share their imaginations and ideas with friends, family, and the community" Central Vermont Council on Aging is hosting a celebration of creative aging on Friday, June 3rd from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Vermont College of Fine Arts.

creative services Directory of businesses providing creative services in Montpelier
Delis and Sandwiches Looking for that just-right sandwich or deli for lunch? Look no further.
Delish Learn more about Delish
Dining in Montpelier Montpelier is not just a feast for the eyes. No matter what your taste is, Montpelier has it all.
Discover Montpelier Discover Montpelier - Local resources, doing business, in-the-news, and more.
Discovering The Front Gallery and Art Walk
Do Good Fest: Doing Good For the Community and Beyond…

Do Good Fest has been one of the most successful music festival ventures in the state of Vermont. For eight years, the festival has been rocking Central Vermont with popular music for a good cause. We found out a little more from Beth Rusnock, President of the National Life Group Foundation, about this fabulous upcoming event.

Doing Business in Montpelier There has never been a better time to bring your business, its employees and their families to the capital of Vermont.
Downtown Architecture According to nps.com, the 450 buildings that comprise the Montpelier Historic District reflect the town's prosperous past, during which time many high style and vernacular examples of various 19th century architectural styles were constructed.
Downtown Beautification Your support helps us create those moments where people can’t help but wonder at what a beautiful city we live in.
Downtown Event Grants Montpelier Alive works to create a vibrant and livable Montpelier by celebrating its heart and soul: its downtown. A great way to celebrate is to bring community together through events!
Downtown Montpelier Cocoa Crawl
Downtown Spotlight: Hugo's Bar and Grill We are excited to welcome Hugo’s Bar and Grill to our Capital City!  The new restaurant plans on opening on February 12, and we wish them a successful start.  
Downtown Spotlight: Oakes & Evelyn

Montpelier continues to draw exciting new businesses, in spite of the pandemic. Montpelier Alive had the chance to connect with Justin Dain, Chef and Owner at Oakes & Evelyn, which recently opened at 52 State Street in the former Kismet location in downtown Montpelier.

Downtown Spotlight: The Social

Montpelier Alive had the chance to connect with Michael Drake, owner of the new restaurant  The Social, now open at The Inn at Montpelier, 147 Main Street. We can't wait to check it out! 

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Economic Development Montpelier Alive works closely with the City of Montpelier to encourage economic development in Montpelier.
Educational and Cultural Institutions Despite its small size, Montpelier boasts of having three powerhouse educational institutions.
Electronics and Technology Businesses in Montpelier Directory of electronics and technology businesses in Montpelier
Enjoying Spring in Montpelier

This is spring here, tumultuous and dramatic, and full of wonder. It’s as if we forget every year, and are taken by surprise as the sun sets and the evening wood frogs chime in. 

Enna Learn more about Enna at Montpelier Alive.
Environmental services businesses in Montpelier Environmental services businesses in Montpelier
Fall in Montpelier Discover what Montpelier offers in the fall!
Fashion businesses in Montpelier Directory of fashion businesses in Montpelier
Festivals and Events Montpelier is a vibrant community with a very full festival and event calendar.
Financial services in Montpelier Financial services businesses in Montpelier
Flannel Friday 2023

Show a little love to downtown Montpelier, shop local! Flannel Friday starts off the holiday season on Friday, November 24th, the day after Thanksgiving. Montpelier's unique and locally-owned businesses offer a wide variety of unique gifts and they could all use extra love after recovering or still recovering from the July flood.  Come downtown in your flannel attire

Flannel Friday Downtown Sales
Flood the Streets with Art
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Food & Drink Directory of food and drink businesses in Montpelier
Food and Beverage Artisans, Restaurants, and Food Trucks
For Animal Lovers Montpelier is for animal lovers
For Art Lovers Montpelier is for art lovers
For Beer and Cocktail Lovers Montpelier is for beer and cocktail lovers
For Families What Montpelier offers for families
For History Lovers Montpelier is for history buffs
For Nature Lovers Montpelier is for nature lovers
For Outdoor Enthusiasts Montpelier is for outdoor enthusiasts
For Sweet Tooths Montpelier is for sweet tooths!
For Wellness Lovers Montpelier is for wellness
Free and Local Outdoor Summer Music in Montpelier

Summer officially kicked off last week and we’re incredibly lucky to have a vibrant music scene throughout Central Vermont... and so much of it is free! This article focuses on music in Montpelier, but to learn what’s happening throughout Central Vermont, check out the free music series in surrounding towns ov

Getting Here and Parking A quick 40-minute drive from Burlington International Airport and an easy, scenic drive from many major cities
Gift shopping in Montpelier Shopping for gifts? Check these Montpelier businesses for a great find!
Grand Reopening Celebration weekend activities during Taste
Green Mountain Community Fitness Learn more about Green Mountain Community Fitness
Green Up Day Green Up Day is a special day in Vermont when volunteers come for a massive, spring clean up of litter. It's an opportunity to make Montpelier sparkle!
Green Up Day: Making Montpelier Sparkle!
Guitar Sam reminisces after 42 years in Montpelier

Guitar Sam, a business that opened in 1981, closed this year, after 42 years in business! Carolyn Grodinsky met with Kevin Crossett recently and learned about how the store and how the downtown has changed over these years.   Kevin opened Guitar Sam when he was 25. He had previously worked in retail but wanted to work for himself. He said people thought he was crazy,

GuitarSam Learn more about GuitarSam
Guy's Farm and Yard Learn more about Guy's Farm and Yard
Halloween 2023
Halloween in Montpelier
Health & Beauty businesses in Montpelier Health and Beauty businesses in Montpelier
Health services in Montpelier Health services businesses in Montpelier
High Summer: Upcoming Events in Montpelier
Holidays Flannel Friday offers a cozier way to shop. Shop locally and get great deals at Montpelier stores. Don't forget to wear your flannel!
Home & real estate businesses in Montpelier Directory of home and real estate professionals in Montpelier
Home and Accessories businesses in Montpelier Directory of Home and Accessory businesses in Montpelier
Hugo's Bar & Grill Learn more about Hugo's Bar & Grill at Montpelier Alive.
Hunger Mountain Co-op Learn more about Hunger Mountain Co-op
Hunger Mountain Co-op Brown Bag Concert Series

During lunch-hour on weekdays, Montpelier’s streets are bustling! Between lawmakers, lawyers, business owners, and tourists, everybody enjoys taking a break and frequenting the abundance of eateries downtown. As people wander and search for a place to sit and relax in the Vermont summer weather, they might hear melodies drifting from the Christ Church Courtyard, where li

Ice on Fire Winter Festival Join us for Ice on Fire, our Central Vermont Winter Festival! Come one, come all to this wonderful festival, celebrating the warmth of community in the depths of winter.
Italian and Pizza Restaurants Looking for pizza or Italian for dinner? Look no further.
J. Langdon Learn more about J. Langdon
J. Morgan's Learn more about J. Morgan's at Montpelier Alive.
Julio's Cantina Learn more about Julio's Cantina at Montpelier Alive.
July 3 Food and Vendors Welcome to The Marketplace, where 40 amazing vendors offer a mouth-watering variety of food and beverage, plus all your celebration essentials like glow sticks and face paint!
July 3rd Around Town July 3rd Around Town Round Up
July 3rd Festival Spectacular! Food Truck Festival and Parade Performer Highlights

Montpelier’s July 3rd Celebration is centered around community, food, and fun! Walking to the State House lawn alongside groups of other festival-goers is an experience unto itself. From a distance, you can see the food trucks lined up on State Street and you can hear musicians on the Main Stage. Excitement builds as spectators await the joyous parade at 6:15pm.

July 3rd Independence Day Celebration
July 3rd Independence Day Celebration July 3rd is the Capital City’s largest festival of the year with many activities happening downtown throughout the day.
July 3rd Independence Day Celebration in Montpelier is Back!

The streets of Montpelier have been pretty quiet on Independence Day over the past couple of years. We know the community has been eager to come together to celebrate, and the parade and fireworks have been greatly missed. We’re happy to say that the Montpelier Alive team has been hard at work to bring back the Capital City’s largest festival of the year!

July 3rd Parade Registration
July 3rd Schedule of Events Schedule of events for Montpelier Alive's July 3rd Independence Day Celebration
July3EventLogistics Details on the July 3rd event, including parking, shuttle, an event map, and more.
July3rdFamilyFestival State House Lawn Events
July3rdParade Whether you’re marching or watching, the July 3rd Parade is Montpelier’s must-see event of the year!
Land Acknowledgement We live and work on Abenaki land. We recognize the indigenous culture and people that existed in N’dakinna (Homeland) long before Europeans arrived in North America. 
Learn from the experts: Chefs share their secrets!

The Taste of Montpelier Food Festival is unlike any food festival you've been to before. Forget about those stuffy events with $100 tickets off in the middle of a hot field. Join us in the heart of Montpelier's downtown to get a true taste of what we're all about. Fun, approachable, delicious.

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Lighting Up Montpelier!

Thanks to extraordinary community effort, Downtown Montpelier has largely recovered from
the devastating flood this summer. Its commercial center remains fragile, however, and needs
your help.
To attract residents and tourists downtown, make walking in the city safer during the winter
months, and to celebrate the resilience and recovery
Living in montpelier Montpelier is the smallest Capital in the Nation, with the vibrancy of a bustling city. Discover what life in Montpelier is like.
Local Services Information Capitol Region Visitor Center and Information Booth
Lodging in Montpelier Directory of lodging businesses in Montpelier
Lotus Day Spa Learn more about Lotus Day Spa
Lucid Path Wellness Learn more about Lucid Path Wellness at Montpelier Alive.
Maple Sugarhouses Maple sugaring is one of Vermont's sweetest traditions, and two of Vermont's oldest sugarhouses are near downtown Montpelier.
March for Meals: The 50th anniversary and celebration of the Meals on Wheels program, A lifeline for many Vermonters

According to the Vermont Foodbank, one in seven Vermonters are struggling with food insecurity. The rugged rural beauty that defines Vermont can make it a challenging place to live for older adults, who often struggle with transportation. The isolating nature of rural living can make it hard to even determine who is in need. Meals on Wheels is a lifeline for these home-bound seniors. 

Marketing and Promotion We share Montpelier’s awesomeness with visitors from near and far to encourage people to visit, dine, and shop downtown.
MechaDigital Learn more about MechaDigital at Montpelier Alive.
Media businesses in Montpelier Directory of media businesses in Montpelier
Mediterranean Restaurants in Montpelier Directory of restaurants serving Mediterranean fare in Montpelier
Member Highlight - Chris McDonald at Capital Kitchen

Tell us a bit about Capital Kitchen and how you came to own the store. 

I had known Jess Turner, the former owner, for years when I heard that she was ready to move on. I have to admit I had been eying the shop for quite some time--I love anything food related, so much so that it became a running joke at Bear Pond Books, my previous gig, that food wa

Member Highlight - Jasmine Boucher of Guare and Sons

Tell us about the history of Guare and Sons The Guare family funeral business has been a part of the history of Montpelier for more than one hundred years. It is one of the longest-running family businesses known in Montpelier. In 1921 Thomas and Florence Guare purchased the Frank E. Hall Funeral Home which was located on East State Street in Montpelier. Mr. Guare also opened

Member Highlight - Jesse Williams of Thrive Heathworks
Member Highlight - Kelly Cook of Minikin

  Member Highlight: Kelly Cook, owner of Minikin What do you sell at Minikin?    We sell baby and children’s clothing and toys. We currently offer clothing from newborn sizes up to 7 years of age. We choose brands that focus on ethical manufacturing practices, and use of natural fibers such as organic cotton, bamboo, and wooden toys. We want to offer ite

Member Highlight - Paul Richardson of Storyworkz

What is StoryWorkz and what services do you provide?
 We founded the company 34 years ago, in 1990, and we help companies (and nonprofits) of all sizes grow through story-based marketing.  We are a collaborative of about a dozen fun and experienced marketing professionals who do everything from photo and vi

Member Highlight: Deborah Glottmann of The Mitzvah Fund

Member Highlight: Deborah Glottmann of the Mitzvah Fund   What is the Mitzvah Fund and how did it get started? The Mitzvah Fund is a small veterinary non profit. We provide non emergency routine, surgical and dental veterinary care for the animals of low income seniors, low income veterans, unhoused neighbors, and disabled first responders.     The Mitzvah fund

Member Highlight: Dr. Mel Houser of All Brains Belong

Member Highlight: All Brains Belong Tell Us about All Brains Belong.  All Brains Belong is a nonprofit in downtown Montpelier that provides flexible ways to get healthcare and connect with community, while also educating the community on how to become a more welcoming place for all brains. We call it “All Brains Belong” because we believe that no

Member Highlight: Emerge with Amy LePage
Member Highlight: Kelly Sullivan of Splash Naturals

Tell us about yourself and your start as a small businesswoman:   I am an artist at heart and love creating beautiful spaces with the hope that people will enjoy what I put together. My background is herbalism and education, I taught primary school right out of grad school, Anna Maria College. When I was ready to start a family, I wanted to do som

Member Highlight: Kim Bent and Kathleen Keenan at Lost Nation Theater

How did Lost Nation Theater get started in Montpelier, and what motivates you to create your annual programs at City Hall?   Lost Nation Theater incorporated as a professional non-profit Vermont theater company in Bristol, Vermont, in 1977, when 6th generation Vermonter and Founding Artistic Director Kim Bent came back home for the

Member Highlight: Oakes & Evelyn

Member Highlight: Justin Dain, chef/owner of Oakes and Evelyn    Tell us a bit about you, your background and your path to opening Oakes and Evelyn. I grew up in Waterbury Center, Vermont and started cooking at the age of 15 at Stowe Mountain Ski Area.  I loved the environment of the kitchen mentality and started exploring culinary schools for after high s

Member Highlight: Three Penny Taproom

Member Highlight: Wes Hamilton, co-owner of Three Penny Taproom    The original idea for Three Penny was to open a brewery or brewpub. We were actually on the verge of signing a lease for the old clothespin factory space when that plan fell apart. As we re-imagined the business to be a "craft beer bar" focused on beers that weren't found at most places w

Membership Montpelier Alive exists due to the great support and strong partnerships of our members. Our members are local and state businesses and community organizations. We hope you will join us.
Mexican Restaurants Directory of restaurants serving Mexican food in Montpelier
Minikin Learn more about Minikin
Montpelier Alive Announces its 2024 Downtown Event Grant Awards

Montpelier Alive awards announces its 2024 grant funding to 10 downtown Montpelier Community Events   Montpelier Alive works to create a vibrant and livable Montpelier by celebrating its heart and soul: its downtown. One way it brings the community together is through events. Montpelier Alive’s annual Downtown Events Grant Program supports many of these events and is announ

Montpelier Alive announces its Grant Awards for Downtown Events Program!
Montpelier Alive Events
Montpelier Alive's Art Walk, supported by Northfield Savings Bank Art Walk provides a fun and casual way to experience art, meet local artists, and explore downtown shops, restaurants, and galleries.
Montpelier Beyond the Guidebooks There's a lot to see and do in Montpelier. Local residents share their favorites.
Montpelier Business Association The Montpelier Business Association (MBA) is a committee of Montpelier Alive that acts as a support network and united voice for small downtown businesses.
Montpelier By The Season Discover what Montpelier offers in every season!
Montpelier Commission for Recovery and Resilience works to create a more resilient community for all

Washington County’s July flood impacted much of the Winooski River Watershed (This watershed begins in the town of Cabot and flows 90 miles to Lake Champlain in Colchester.) The watershed drains approximately 1,080 square miles in central Vermont, encompassing all of Washington County, along with other Vermont counties and is the largest tributary watershed to Lake Champlain. It inclu

Montpelier Community Calendar Montpelier Alive community calendar of events
Montpelier in the News Montpelier in the news
Montpelier looks ahead to 2024

Montpelier Alive is excited to enter 2024 with many hopes and visions for a brighter year, following a challenging year. We look forward to all our downtown businesses reopening and new ones setting up shop in the empty storefronts. One such new opening is Naive Melody Instrument Exchange at 95 State Street. Stay tuned for their grand opening. Other businesses devastated by the floods a

Montpelier Mayfest The month of May is host to a full calendar of fun, family friendly events in the Capital City. Many events take place outdoors in beautiful (and walkable!) Downtown Montpelier, Vermont.
Montpelier Strong The historic downtown of Montpelier has suffered serious damage from recent catastrophic flooding. Please donate now to the Montpelier Strong Recovery Fund to help our local businesses – the heart and soul of downtown – as they recover and rebuild.
Montpelier's Inspiring Women

March means Women’s History Month, a time to celebrate women and the myriad contributions they make to society. Montpelier’s woman-owned small businesses run the gamut from Althea’s Attic Boutique to Zutano. There are also Montpelier mavens breaking barriers in traditionally male-dominated indu

Montpelier's Race Against Racism

Montpelier’s Race Against Racism 

Almost every year for the past decade, Montpelier-area high schoolers organize a phenomenal event that supports and fosters local student activism. According to Heather McLane, Community Based Learning Advisor at Montpelier High School, what began as the humble idea of freshman Hope Petraro and adult activist Hen

Montpelier, Vermont attractions Directory of attractions in Montpelier, Vermont.
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Montpelier: A Hub for Downhill Skiers

When people think of Vermont, they imagine maple syrup, colorful leaves, and skiing. Vermont’s ski mountains are some of the best in the Northeast with resorts such as Sugarbush, Mad River, and Bolton; all of which are under an hour's drive from Montpelier. While not having a mountain of its own, Montpelier’s central location offers residents and tourists a reason

Montpelier’s BIPOC female-led small businesses
Montpelier’s BIPOC female-led small businesses
Montpelier’s BIPOC female-led small businesses
Montpelier’s BIPOC female-led small businesses

There is so much that can be highlighted about Montpelier’s female community leaders and small business owners that one can create a whole series on the topic (and we just may do so!).    By providing opportunities for wealth creation and economic advancement in minority communities, BIPOC businesses play a critical role in bri

Moonlight Magic Montpelier residents of all ages come out to enjoy Moonlight Magic. It feels like a festival as stores stay open late with great deals and the mood is enlivened by street performers all over town.
Moonlight Magic Returns to Downtown Montpelier to Support Flood-Impacted Businesses

Montpelier, VT - Local shoppers can get started on their holiday shopping while supporting downtown Montpelier’s recovery at Moonlight Magic, powered by VSECU, on Friday, October 20 from 5-9pm. Nearly a dozen recently reopened businesses will offer deals and festivities and stay open late that evening to welcome shoppers and thank the community for their support aft

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Myles Court Barbershop Learn more about Myles Court Barbershop
New Horizons for Bailey Road Montpelier Alive loves watching businesses build from the ground up. We remember when Bailey Road first opened, and it has been wonderful to see the business grow. We recently supported Bailey Road with a grant through our Welcome to Montpelier Program to support new and expanding Montpelier businesses. Here, Sarah DeFelice tells us a little more about Bailey Road’s journey, and the new vision she
Non-profit organizations in Montpeler Directory of non-profits in Montpelier, Vermont
North Branch Nature Center Learn more about North Branch Nature Center
North Branch River Installation
Oakes & Evelyn Learn more about Oakes & Evelyn at Montpelier Alive.
Onion River Outdoors Learn more about Onion River Outdoors
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Quench Your Thirst in Central Vermont

Vermont's craft beverage makers have become a major driver of visitors to the state and Central Vermont has been a hotbed of this trend. But it’s not just our world-famous beers that will quench your thirst. 

Rabble-Rouser Chocolate and Craft Company Learn more about Rabble-Rouser Chocolate and Craft Company
Rebel Heart Learn more about Rebel Heart
Renewal Project The Renewal Project brings vibrancy and art to downtown storefronts after the flood of 2023.
Reuse, Recycle and Repair
Roam Vermont Learn more about Roam Vermont
Royal Orchid Learn more about Royal Orchid at Montpelier Alive.
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Sarducci's Learn more about Sarducci's at Montpelier Alive.
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Shippee Family Eye Care Learn more about Shippee Family Eye Care
Shop for Kids Shop for kids in Montpelier at these local businesses.
Shop for Pets Make sure Fido and Fluffy have everything they need by shopping for your pets in Montpelier
Shopping in Montpelier Shop downtown Montpelier named the #1 Best Small Town for Shopping in America by USA Today
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Skinny Pancake Learn more about Skinny Pancake at Montpelier Alive.
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Special Thanks to Botanica Florals

Botanica Florals is a highly-regarded local retail florist that sources flowers from local growers along with hand-picked selections from around the world. With the goal of enhancing connection in the community for special occasions, Botanica Florals allows its customers to express sentiments through the sharing of beauty and nature. 

Last winter, Botanica Florals gr

Splash Naturals Learn more about Splash Naturals
Spring Discover what Montpelier offers in the spring!
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StoryWorkz Learn more about StoryWorkz at Montpelier Alive.
Summer Events in Central Vermont

Some would say that summer is the best season in Vermont. Even though we can make the case for every season, it's hard to argue with gorgeous weather (escape the humidity and visit our magical land where the average high in July is just 83!), long summer evenings, front porch living, and dips in the swimming hole. But summer in Vermont also means fun, festive, and unique events throug

Summer in Montpelier Discover what Montpelier offers in the summer!
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Taste of Montpelier Food Festival The Taste of Montpelier will bring the best of Vermont’s culinary scene to the heart of its capital city.
Taste of Montpelier Performers
Tessera Therapeutic Massage Learn more about Tessera Therapeutic Massage at Montpelier Alive.
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The Drawing Board Learn more about The Drawing Board
The Frozen Onion: A Fat Bike Revolution From my house, situated on the river near the Mountain Bike trails, I see Fat Bikers pass by every day. As they move slowly down the frozen river, and cut up through the woods, I often wonder what the appeal is. As a Mountain Biker myself, I am tempted to give it a try, but I'm not sure I could give up a good ski day to get on my bike. I thought maybe Jen and Kip Roberts, co-owners of Onion River
The Hunger Mountain Co-op Brown Bag Summer Concert Series The Hunger Mountain Co-op Brown Bag Summer Concert Series is Montpelier Alive's series of FREE and fun lunch-time concerts! Join us for a diverse lineup of local and regional acts that are sure to delight!
The North Branch Cafe Learn more about The North Branch Cafe
The Social Learn more about The Social at Montpelier Alive.
The Taste of Montpelier Food Festival Returns to the Capital City October 7th

  The Taste of Montpelier Food Festival, presented by Hunger Mountain Co-op, returns for its third year. This year it’s the main event of Montpelier’s Reopening Celebration! Taste features food trucks, vendors and artisans, chef demos, beer and cocktail gardens and street performers - this year’s Taste of Montpelier has it all!    The main attraction, The Great Taste

Things to See & Do in Montpelier Whether your passion is the great outdoors or a great night on the town, we invite you to come play in Montpelier and central Vermont.
Three Penny Taproom Learn more about Three Penny Taproom at Montpelier Alive.
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Together Again: Supporting Community through Downtown Event Grants  Montpelier Alive recognizes the importance of festivals and events, and how embedded they are in community life here. One way that we support these events is through our Downtown Event Grant Program.
Top 10 Local Favorite Outdoor Adventures in Central Vermont
Union Mutual Learn more about Union Mutual at Montpelier Alive.
Vermont Evaporator Company Learn more about Vermont Evaporator Company at Montpelier Alive.
Vermont History Museum Learn more about the Vermont History Museum
Vermont Mountaineers Learn more about Vermont Mountaineers
Vermont Mountaineers: Community Summer Baseball at its Finest

Montpelier is unique for so many reasons, including the endless recreation opportunities in and around the city. One of the many hidden gems in this town includes the historic grandstand and baseball field at the recreation area on Elm Street. The Mountaineers are proof that small towns can dream big!

Vermont State House Learn more about the Vermont State House
Vermont Tourism and Recreation Tourism and Recreation businesses and resources in Montpelier
Vietnamese Restaurants Vietnamese restaurants in Montpelier
Visit Montpelier, Vermont — Montpelier Alive Discover all there is to see and do in Montpelier, Vermont. Business directory, attractions, events and more.
Visiting Montpelier after the July 2023 Flood

On July 10th, devastating rains resulted in the North Branch of the Winooski River cresting more than 20 feet, filling business basements and retail spaces with floodwaters. More than 4,000 volunteers came to town to help businesses clean up and recover, with the goal of enabling our restaurants and retail stores to reopen as quickly as they can. The commun

Volunteer for July 3rd We need your help! Our July 3rd Festivities would not be possible without the support of countless volunteers.
Wellness & beauty services businesses Directory of wellness and beauty service businesses in Montpelier
What's Make Music Day all About?
Why Post Offices are crucial to the landscape of a healthy downtown

On January 8th, 2024, Ben Doyle, chair of the Montpelier flood of 2023 Commission and Montpelier’s congressional delegation called for a rally to restore its downtown post office, after the building which housed it was devastated during last summer’s historic flooding. Community members spanning all ages demonstrated their needs and frustrations in order

Why Shop Local?

I especially enjoy our downtown during the holiday season - the beautifully decorated historic buildings, the diversity of our downtown stores, the unique products they offer, and the delicious foods at cafes, restaurants, and bakeries to stay warm and visit with friends. Additionally just outside downtown, shoppers can enjoy skiing, sledding, hiking… in our incredible park

Wineries Vermont is a leader in cold-hardy wine grapes. Discover our area's local gems.
Winter in Montpelier Discover what Montpelier offers in the winter!
Woodbelly Pizza Learn more about Woodbelly Pizza at Montpelier Alive.
Woodbury Mountain Toys Learn more about Woodbury Mountain Toys
Wrightsville Beach Offers More Than Just Swimming

From Kayaking to Disc Golf: Wrightsville Beach Offers More than Just Swimming Wrightsville Recreation District is known for its easy access and sandy beach, but it’s not just about swimming. Located in Middlesex just five miles from downtown Montpelier, the reservoir and recreation area offers a breadth of outdoor activities from kayaking to disc golf, bird watching, picnicking, or just lyin

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Zutano Outlet Store Learn more about Zutano Outlet Store