Kyle is the guy who makes our Vermont furniture showroom look great 365 days/year
Thanks, Kyle for getting up at 3am to make this pathway into our Vermont furniture showroom safe to walk on.

If you visited Vermont Woods Studios on this icy winter day, you would notice that the beautiful stone walkway leading to our furniture showroom is clear, dry & safe to walk on.  That’s because Kyle Vinton, our new Facilities Manager was up at 3:00 this morning, snow-blowing, shoveling and meticulously sanding to keep everyone safe on their way into work.

A Man of Many Talents

Kyle comes to us with many years of experience in a wide variety of roles.  He’s a graduate of Castleton University who holds a BS in Public Relations and a minor in Business.  Kyle’s worked in areas such as event coordination, retail management, loss prevention, inventory control, landscaping, lean manufacturing, maintenance, and shipping & receiving.

As Facilities Manager, he puts this diverse set of skills to good use, as every day here at Stonehurst brings a new challenge.  Our furniture showroom sits on 109 acres of managed woodlands and Kyle is in charge of maintaining it… winter, spring, summer and fall.  We share our land with customers and neighbors so they can enjoy Vermont’s sustainable outdoor lifestyle and that involves lots of work.  Not the least of which is weeding the forest garden and feeding the outdoor wood stove to keep us warm on this chilly day!

Kyle is the New Ken

Lucky for Ken… Kyle lives just down the road from Vermont Woods Studios and has graciously agreed to handle the inevitable emergencies that come up when maintaining any Vermont home (especially in the winter).  This, I want to say, has made Ken a much more lovable person!  For that ALL of us at Vermont Woods Studios say THANK YOU, Kyle.

Kyle is the proud dad of 4 adorable little boys who have been known to give him a hand at Stonehurst now and then. Thanks guys!
Kyle is the proud dad of 4 adorable little boys who have been known to give him a hand at Stonehurst now and then. Thanks guys!

A Bonafide Vermonter & Family Guy

Born and raised a Vermonter, Kyle grew up right here in Vernon.  He is one of a small, elite group of Vermonters, who’ve achieved the rank of Eagle Scout.  He loves being outdoors and enjoys camping, backpacking and hiking (all prerequisites for this job).

Kyle and Jessica
Kyle and Jessica

Kyle and his beautiful wife, Jessica met as freshmen in college 14 years ago and have recently returned to Vernon to raise their family.  Their 4 young sons are facilities managers in training at Stonehurst (word has it they will soon be welcoming a little sister into the crew so we’re excitedly anticipating that event).  Help me extend a warm welcome to Kyle Vinton on Facebook or stop by Stonehurst, shake his hand and admire his work in person!

 

This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.

Mike Jenkins is our new manager of sales, customer service & operations at Vermont Woods Studios
Mike Jenkins is our new manager of sales, customer service & operations at Vermont Woods Studios.  He has many years of experience in this role, plus he’s a super nice guy with a great smile!  Please help us make Mike feel at home in the world of Vermont made furniture.

Our New Sales & Operations Manager

We have a new manager at Vermont Woods Studios.  Please put your hands together and help me welcome Mike Jenkins to our humble abode here at Stonehurst.  Mike has taken a brave step into the world of Vermont made furniture as our Manager of Sales, Customer Service and Operations.  It’s a big job but he has already proven he’s up to the challenge!  He will be leading, supporting, mentoring and backing up Sean, Rebecca, Loryn & Michelle.  I think they’re pretty happy and relieved to have Mike’s help especially since I was filling that spot temporarily for a number of months.

World Traveler

In case you were wondering what type of experience might prepare someone for this multi-faceted role at Vermont Woods Studios, I asked Mike to share a little bit about his background.  Here’s what I got.

Mike was born in Japan. Guess which one of these adorable children is him?
Mike was born in Japan to American parents who traveled the globe as social workers.  Guess which child is Mike ;)

Mike was born in Japan to a set of wonderful parents who traveled the globe as social workers affiliated with the The Institute of Cultural Affairs (ICA).  He was raised in several countries including the USA, Japan, India, Peru, Italy, Portugal, Belgium and the Netherlands.

An Enviable Career Path

Mike remembers his first job well: as a teenager, he and some friends opened a bar in the Canary Islands.  But only a very few lucky people get to be island bartenders forever.  So Mike eventually left the Canaries and moved to the USA where he met the love of his life and settled down in New England.  He began a career in retail with Crate and Barrel, a company he worked with for over 10 years, most recently in the role of Sales Manager at the Hartford store.

Mike % Juniper hiking in the Green Mountains of Vermont
Mike & Juniper hiking in the Green Mountains of Vermont.  Doesn’t get any better than that!

The Family Man

Today Mike, his wife Anne and their adorable daughter Juniper are settling into their new home across the river in New Hampshire.  They love being near family and the Green Mountains of Vermont.   Mike looks forward to the many joys of rural living, especially hiking, baking bread, making jam, home brewing and playing video games.

He is eager to to get to know our customers, craftspeople, shippers, vendors and all the other friends who make Vermont Woods Studios a special place.  Welcome aboard, Mike!  May we share many years of success together.

This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.

2015 Accomplishments

Ken and I started this Vermont furniture store 10 years ago with the belief that businesses have a responsibility to make the world a better place.  In developing a company that sells handcrafted wooden furniture we wanted to raise awareness about forest conservation and persuade customers to purchase furniture made from sustainably harvested, North American wood.  A decade later, we’re not naive enough to think we’ve changed the world but perhaps we’ve changed a tiny part of it and that feels good.  Here are some highlights of what our team accomplished this year in support of our local community and our environmental mission:

Plant a Billion Trees Project

 Vermont Furniture Store environmental mission: conservation
Vermont Woods Studios was founded on the mission of forest conservation and since the beginning, we’ve partnered with The Nature Conservancy to plant a tree for each order we take.  This year it was well over 1000 trees.

Monarch Habitat Restoration Project

Vermont Furniture Store environmental mission: habitat restoration
Nina, Peggy and other team members planted native milkweed seeds for a project that’s restoring habitat for monarch butterflies in Southeastern Vermont.

Vernon’s Giving Tree

Vermont Furniture Store environmental mission: giving back
Megan and other team members worked with officials from the Town of Vernon to provide Christmas gifts to local families in need.

Connecticut River Clean-up

Vermont Furniture Store environmental mission: river clean up
Ken, Sean and a bunch more team members participated in the Connecticut River Watershed Council’s (CRWC) yearly “Source to Sea” trash cleanup of the Connecticut River.  Afterwards we cooled off at Nesbitt’s Portside Tavern :)

Meals on Wheels

Vermont Furniture Store environmental mission: meals on wheels
Kelsey helped Riley deliver Meals on Wheels, an activity this Vermont furniture store has done every Friday since the company was created.

Vermont Food Bank Thanksgiving Project

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We helped the Vermont Food Bank distribute food during the annual “Pack to Give Back” event in Brattleboro this Thanksgiving.

Salamander Conservation

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Vermont Woods Studios supported BEEC (Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center) at their annual Salamander Soiree, an event that raises awareness about amphibian migration. Some team members also went out at night and helped salamanders cross the roads on their journey to local vernal pools.

River Arts Gallery Auction

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We donated a handmade wooden bed to the annual River Gallery Arts fundraiser in Brattleboro.

Wags to Riches Auction

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Vermont Woods Studios donated a 3-Day weekend stay at Stratton Mountain Resort and a beautiful POLYWOOD Adirondack chair to the annual Wags to Riches fundraiser for the Windham County Humane Society.

 Environmental Education at Vernon Elementary School

sponsored BEEC’s Aquatic Field Trip, where Vernon Elementary School students got the opportunity to explore a pond ecosystem and observe a variety of aquatic organisms
We sponsored an Aquatic Field Trip, where local students got the opportunity to explore a pond ecosystem.

Rainforest Conservation

Rainforest conservation at the Serere Reserve in Bolivia's Amazon rainforest
Peggy, Riley and Kendall made a trip to the Amazon rainforest in Bolivia this year to lend support to a reforestation project at the Serere Reserve in Bolivia.

Providing Toys & Food for Kids in the Amazon Rainforest

Vermont Furniture Store environmental mission: rainforest conservation
We donated over $200 to bring Christmas gifts and food to children in the Amazon through Marco’s Holiday Giving Project.  Thanks to Riley for setting this up!

As we close out 2015, I extend my thanks to the customers, staff members, furniture makers, family, friends, neighbors and business partners whose support made the accomplishments of this small Vermont furniture store possible. Here’s to your health and happiness in 2016!

This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.

Merry Christmas from Vermont to the Amazon!
This is the forest we look out on every day from our offices and showroom at Vermont Woods Studios.

A Mission of Forest Conservation

I founded Vermont Woods Studios 10 years ago on a mission of forest conservation.  I was looking for a way to raise awareness about where wood products like furniture and flooring come from.  What many people don’t realize is that when you buy these wood products from big companies like Lumber Liquidators or IKEA, there’s a good chance they’re made from trees that have been illegally clear-cut from the world’s rapidly disappearing rainforests. The idea with Vermont Woods Studios is to provide beautiful, sustainable, American made furniture as an alternative to imported furniture of suspicious origin.

The Vermont – Amazon Connection

Earlier this year, my sons Kendall & Riley and I made a trip to the Amazon rainforest to support the forest conservation efforts of Rosamaria Ruiz at the Serere Reserve in Bolivia.  While there, Riley became friends with Marco Antonio Gonzales Silva, a remarkable young conservationist working on social and environmental projects in the Bolivian Amazon.

Holiday Donation
Marco’s in the middle (red shirt) with Riley and a group of volunteers in Peru.  Help them raise $2500 to fund this year’s Holiday Giving Project which gives children in the Amazon a sandwich, a toy and a hot chocolate for Christmas.

Marco’s Holiday Giving Project

Marco grew up as a “street kid” in Peru, shining shoes for a living.  His dream is to help kids in the Peruvian Amazon, especially those living on the streets and working every day just to feed themselves.  So for the past three years, Marco has been sponsoring a project to bring holiday cheer to these children.  He uses his own money and also fundraises to buy gifts and food for the kids.  Each child receives a toy, a sandwich, and some hot chocolate for Christmas. The cost is about $5 per child.  Marco told Riley that most of these children have never had a toy before and do not yet understand the concept of a toy.

In his first year, Marco was able to donate to 500 kids by himself! With the help of some friends, he was able to up that number to 900 in his second year.  Now in his third year, Marco took to Facebook to ask for help and we’re trying to help make it his biggest year yet!

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Children receiving their toys and hot cocoa. In the middle you see just a portion of the children eagerly waiting.

Every Furniture Sale = a $50 Donation

We’re sending Marco a $50 donation for every furniture sale made at Vermont Woods Studios this weekend (Friday, Saturday & Sunday).  The money will be donated through a GoFundMe page set up for Marco by Riley.  The campaign runs until Dec. 14th, 2015 and Riley’s goal is to raise $2,500.  He is promising to match the largest donation (up to $200).  If you’d like to support the cause or learn more about it, please click here for details and a secure donation site.  Even a $5 donation will make a big difference in the lives of these children.  Thanks!

This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.

Sales manager wanted @ Vermont Woods Studios Furniture Store
One of the many offices of the Vermont Woods Studios Sales Manager.  Interested? Check out the job posting and send us a resume!

Know any Sales professionals looking for a complete change of pace?  The Sales Manager job opening we have at Vermont Woods Studios is pretty unique. First of all, although we sell to customers from New York to Los Angeles, our showroom and offices are in the tiny rural town of Vernon, Vermont.  It’s beautiful here and there’s lots to do if you love the outdoors (admittedly you’ll have to drive a couple hours to get to a theater or stadium though).

About the job… well it’s all about helping people and being a resourceful problem-solver.  You’ll be helping our brilliant sales people and improving the tools they use to serve our customers.  You’ll be helping our furniture workshops understand and fulfill our customer needs.  You’ll be helping all of us here at Vermont Woods Studios to manage and grow our company.  And you’ll be helping us with our mission of “furnishing a greener world”.

If you’re interested or know someone who is, check out this job opening and send us a resume.  Then pick out your new office from the photos in our Stonehurst archive and let us know which one you want.  This one’s Ken’s but there’s room for a second person, if you don’t mind the cold.

Sales Manager Office?
One of Ken’s offices at Vermont Woods Studios.  He is willing to share the space with the right person.  Send us a resume!

This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.