Middlebury offers grants to 6 downtown companies

Middlebury has picked the companies the city wants to fill some of the downtown storefronts left empty by the COVID-19 pandemic.

In March, city officials, along with education and business leaders, announced a support program called Kick Start Middlebury to attract new businesses or encourage existing businesses to expand or relocate to Middlebury.

The announcement piqued the interest of 40 new and established companies, including some from outside Vermont, which was reduced to six winners.

Each of the winning companies will receive a grant of between $ 15,000 and $ 20,000 and free or discounted services from a variety of providers ranging from graphic and website design to Vermont Gas energy services.

The winning companies must start operations within six months of receiving their funding, according to a press release.

And the winners are …

The companies Middlebury has selected are:

  • Addison West: a home store expanding into larger spaces in downtown Middlebury.
  • Midd Rock Boulder Center: a new climbing hall.
  • The Middlebury Studio School: a non-profit organization providing arts and crafts training opening a second location in Middlebury.
  • Sparrow art supplies: a new store selling arts and crafts supplies, from oil paints to pottery tools.
  • Your home too: a vintage lifestyle shop with home decor and furniture opening a second location in Middlebury.
  • Calvis: a new restaurant with an ice cream parlor in the style of the 1920s / soda fountain and crperie.

Karen Duguay, director of the Better Middlebury Partnership, said in a press release the city is “ready for a strong recovery.”

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“This program should be a catalyst for recovery, and we believe this mix of new and expanding businesses will do just that,” said Duguay.

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