Downtowns and Local Artisans Offer One-of-a-Kind Treasures
Vermont’s downtowns brim with bustling shops, classically beautiful views, and a cheery atmosphere, whether adorned with sparkling snow, bright, crunchy autumn leaves, or sunshine on a summer day. Vermont is home to the only state capital without a McDonald’s or Starbucks restaurant, and small, independent shops, restaurants, and other businesses make up the backbone of the state's economy. Exploring a historic downtown or making time to stop on a road trip through the Green Mountains are great ways to discover Vermont’s retailers and artisans and find a piece of Vermont to take home with you.
Church Street Marketplace
With more than 100 shops and restaurants, this outdoor mall was named No. 1 Public Square in America in 2022 by USA Today.
Big-name and designer outlets draw shoppers to this outdoor mall nestled in the heart of downtown Manchester.
Historic Downtown Montpelier
The only state capital without a McDonald's or Starbucks, local small businesses characterize downtown Montpelier.
Small shops line the streets in downtown Woodstock and nearby Quechee, from vintage clothing shops to general stores.
A thriving college town, Middlebury is home to a wide range of independent shops and restaurants in a charming downtown setting.
An eight-mile stretch of road and paved walking and biking path connect Stowe’s two downtown districts, both packed with small businesses.
Made in Vermont
Vermont’s products offer the best of Green Mountain makers’ innovation and creativity. Explore a directory of Vermont businesses.
BIPOC-Owned Business Directory
Explore the diversity of Vermont’s small-business scene and support BIPOC-owned businesses, destinations in and of themselves.
Vermont Shopping Directory
Browse a directory of Vermont’s shopping experiences, from indoor markets to upscale boutiques to down-home general stores.