April Showers Bring May Flowers and Blossoming Deals!
Spring is a magical time of year. Everything gets lighter, more colorful and warmer. The days start to last longer and the nights don’t feel as cold. Buds start to appear on trees and bushes. Birds can be heard singing in the morning and dew often greets you at the car.
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.
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 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!
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.
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 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.
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.
From all our families at Vermont Woods Studios to you and your family, we send our warmest wishes for a Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday season. Here are a few pics of what Christmas looks like at Stonehurst in Vernon, Vermont. My thanks to the eternally patient and tolerant staff members who humor me along when I get my pesky iphone out and start snapping…
Please send us your holiday photos or post them on our Facebook. Merry Christmas!
Our showroom at Stonehurst features all Vermont made home decor items, such as:
Furniture, handcrafted by Lyndon Furniture in Lyndonville, VT, Copeland Furniture in Bradford, VT and a handful of small to medium sized woodworking studios around the state
Lighting, hand-forged by Hubbardton Forge in Castleton, VT
Glassware, hand-blown by Simon Pearce in Quechee, VT
So we’ve been thinking about carrying Vermont made textiles for awhile. Fortunately, we’re just an hour and a half away from one of the premiere textile brands on the planet… Anichini! Who knew the Green Mountain State had such a world class assembly of home decor?
Anichini’s Company Store
The Company Store has samples of almost all Anichini linens and we had a wonderful time seeing and feeling these beautiful linens. Nina, Rebecca and I were like kids in a candy store. Heather and Noelle were the resident experts and they helped us select the products we thought would most appeal to our customers at Stonehurst.
Rebecca already has a nice selection of Anichini linens displayed in our showroom at Stonehurst. Nina will be taking professional quality photos over the next several months. She and Tristan will then be posting items for sale on our website. You can bookmark the Home Decor section of our website and check in from time to time to see it all coming together. Better yet, visit us at 538 Huckle Hill Road in Vernon, Vermont to see Anichini linens in person. You’ll be glad you did!