After 13 years in South Burlington, Apple product purveyor Small Dog Electronics is relocating to the Queen City.
The company has leased the 3,000-square-foot commercial space on the first floor of Redstone's building at 316 Flynn Avenue in Burlington. Small Dog will vacate its current location at 100 Dorset Street by month's end and open up shop in Burlington in October, according to general manager Emily Dolloff.
“The space is being completely fit up for our needs, so it’s a brand new space, a brand new design,” she said. “We’re really excited we’re going to be better able to serve retail and customers.”
The space is comparable in size to Small Dog's existing SoBu showroom. The company's landlord informed Small Dog in May that its lease, which expires September 30, would not be renewed “for reasons that were not disclosed to us,” Dolloff said. The landlord offered to rent them the former Eastern Mountain Sports storefront, but “we figured it was time” to move, Dolloff said.
Small Dog has been a destination for Mac-hounds since 1994, when CEO Don Mayer opened the first store in Waitsfield. Small Dog also has a store in Key West, Fla. The company itself is currently for sale as Mayer looks toward retirement, Dolloff said.
The new store will have separate entrances for customers seeking retail or tech service. It will also include a space for trainings and workshops, Dolloff said. Parking is available off-street.
Redstone managing partner Erik Hoekstra said he is thrilled with his new tenant. Small Dog will fit well in Burlington's South End, an arts and technology hub, he said. His crew has been "cranking" to get the space operational before October, and “so far, we seem to be on track,” Hoekstra said.
The commercial space has been vacant since last summer, when Redstone began leasing the 30 apartments upstairs to some controversy. After moving in, multiple tenants lodged complaints about the building's construction, from poorly installed windows to inconsistent hot water service. A few broke leases to get out, Seven Daysreported earlier this year.
Small Dog didn't learn about the issues until after signing a lease, “but it’s something that’s not a concern,” Dolloff said.
“We’ve had a really great relationship with Redstone and really give them a lot of credit, because ... time has been very crucial for this,” she added. “There’s always going to be some challenges with spaces, but we have not encountered any issues, and from what we see, they are working on resolving any of the concerns with the building.”
By this point, Redstone has addressed nearly all of the tenants' complaints, according to Hoekstra. Last week, crews were finishing up a project to better insulate the apartments directly above the parking area that Hoekstra said were “colder than they should be.” All of the units are rented, he added.
Small Dog will remain open in South Burlington through late September but may close for a few days during the move, according to Dolloff.
“Our goal is to make that as minimal a disruption as possible,” she said.