We were coming home from Greenfield MA on Sunday after Riley's basketball game and decided to travel home along Route 5, through Bernardston. I was surprised to see how much progress they've made on the new Kringle Candle Company-- where the old Harley Davidson shop used to be.
It is beautiful! We had been through the candle shop last year but now there are several additional shops across the street-- it's like a little village.
The old farmhouse that sits south of the Harley shop has been transformed into an elegant Farm Table Restaurant that extends to outdoor eating areas filled with Polywood Euro Furniture and decorated with colorful Fall mums and pumpkins.
In their brochures they note that Mike and Mick Kittredge founded the company on green principles:
- The restaurant serves all local organic foods
- The candle containers are designed for re-use
- Product packaging is environmentally friendly and recycled when possible
That's where there is some commonality between the Kringle Candle Company and Vermont Woods Studios-- in our shared green philosophy. Our vision for our new location (be it Skyline or elsewhere) is one that honors our natural world and serves to raise awareness about the green causes we have always been passionate about: forest conservation and wildlife protection. I think Kringle Candle is an appropriate benchmark for us. We could learn a lot from these folks.