Northern Lights Stable, Danville

Megan Haygood and her family already had the land, hay and equipment needed to start a horse boarding, breeding, training and riding facility in Danville. But they knew they needed more in order to start a successful business. Enter Michelle Lemieux, an established equine trainer and manager and you have the makings of a quality small business partnership.

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Putney Mountain Winery, Putney

What happens when you “mix” a renowned music professor and a dedicated lawyer with creativity and a love of Vermont? You get what’s been described as love at first taste.

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El Gato Cantina, Essex Junction

El Gato Cantina has quickly grown into a well-known authentic Mexican experience for northern Vermont diners. Their flagship Burlington location has long provided a wide variety of dishes and appetizers crafted from traditional Mexican family recipes. And that’s not including the fully stocked bar complete with seasonally-inspired house-infused tequila recipes like “jalapeno tequila,” “orange tequila” and “tricky kitty.”

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Lead and Tackle Co, Lyndonville

Hunting and fishing have long been Vermont traditions that many local sportsmen prepare for all year long. And one young Northeast Kingdom entrepreneur has turned his passion for these outdoors activities into a full-time venture.

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Ten Bends Beer, Hyde Park

Vermont is quickly becoming known as a destination for high quality brewing as breweries of various sizes continue to spring up across the landscape. One of the latest is Ten Bends Beer in Hyde Park.

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Vermont Evaporator Company, Montpelier

When March rolls around in Vermont’s Green Mountains many large scale sugar makers are already hard at work tapping trees and boiling sap into the sweet syrup the state’s famous sugar maples provide. But there’s also a cadre of small scale home producers who focus on providing a gallon or two for their family and friends.

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Vermont Tree Goods LLC, Bristol

Vermonters have a long history of ingenuity and thrift when it comes to creating homespun works of art made from materials that many would have simply discarded. Vermont Tree Goods LLC in Bristol is a proud to carry on this uniquely Vermont tradition.

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Vermont Comedy Club, Burlington

When Nathan Hartswick and Natalie Miller were growing up in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, they grew to love comedy and the personalities and creativity a good comedy scene can produce. They wanted to be a part of it, and they wanted to bring it to Vermont.

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