“We have an incredibly special downtown … It’s really a bustling center of life and activity and it makes Montpelier what it is.”
We speak with Dan Groberg, executive director of Montpelier Alive about how this organization that supports local downtown businesses in Montpelier, Vermont has been doing during the COVID-19 crisis.
HOW CAN YOU HELP (from Montpelier Alive’s website)
Buy a gift card! The cash flow to the business with allow them to keep paying their rent and bills until they can reopen! More and more businesses are making it possible for you to buy gift cards online, and you can typically order over the phone as well!
Order take-out or delivery! Several restaurants are planning to add delivery options, and others are offering easy curbside pickup.
Commit to shopping and dining downtown when everything is back to normal. After a period of hardship, businesses will need you more than ever.
Please contact our federal representatives and your local legislator and demand real support to save our downtown. Congress must act immediately to stabilize our small and mid-sized employers in impacted industries by providing direct payroll and healthcare subsidies so that we can maintain our workforces and have a hope of recovering from this pandemic.
We spoke with Gretchen Elias, executive director of Good Beginnings of Central Vermont, about how this nonprofit has had to adjust the way it serves its community during the COVID-19 crisis.
WHAT IS GOOD BEGINNINGS?
Good Beginnings is a grassroots organization whose mission it is to bring community to babies. Its core programming brings trained volunteers into homes with new babies for the fourth trimester. Other programs include parent/child support groups and parent education.
We recently interviewed Sky Barsch, owner of Alpenglow Fitness, a small business based in Montpelier, Vermont. In the first of our video series, Sky talks to us about the challenges facing her small business during the COVID-19 crisis.
Ways you can help Alpenglow Fitness:
Leave a good review! Tell a friend how much you love them. Make their eventual re-opening a success!
Excited to announce the world premiere of “Tutwiler” at the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival. It was so fun to collaborate with one of my favorite directors, Elaine McMillion Sheldon, on this intimate look inside one of America’s most notorious prisons to examine the challenges of housing the growing population of incarcerated pregnant women.
It was a busy Spring and Summer here in Montpelier. Finally catching our breath long enough to do an update.
When we moved here last Fall we got in touch with Montpelier Alive to thank them for the great events that they organize and all of the helpful information that they share, which played a role in our researching communities when deciding where to relocate in Vermont. We also wanted to say hello as new neighbors as well as a new small business in the area and were eager to do our part to help celebrate and promote our new home town.
It turns out they had been hoping to make a video for the city, promoting the downtown, local businesses, and culture to prospective visitors and people who might like to move to the area. This seemed like a great chance to help out and also provide a way to meet a lot of our new neighbors, so we jumped at the chance.
Our concept was centered around the focus of telling the story of the wonderful natural beauty, the vibrant downtown, art, culture, commitment to fresh cuisine, etc. through personal stories and perspectives of the people who live here, because ultimately it is the people who make a community, and make a community unique. Montpelier Alive and the Montpelier Development Corporation loved the idea.
Because we were looking to make a piece that captures the people of Montpelier, we tried to take a moment in the video with each person to actually get a sense of who they are and what it is about the city that they personally love about their town. Because of this we filmed it with a different feel from many of the city promotion pieces that we’ve seen, opting for a documentary style in order to try to capture more relaxed and un-scripted moments. It was our feeling that a ‘typical’ tourism piece with snappy visuals over talking point sound bites would not be as memorable as getting a chance to connect and empathize with real people in genuine, organic moments.