He made a lazy Susan for chef Ming Tsai and butcher boards for Daniel Boulud’s New York restos. Now David Glickman, owner of The Vermont Butcher Block & Board Company, is making it easier for Vermonters to find his wooden goods. On May 1, he’ll open a retail outlet on College Street in the spot that formerly housed Rooney’s Café.
“I was actually looking in Shelburne, but I realized I wouldn’t have [enough] traffic,” says Glickman, who does his manufacturing in Williston. “So I started looking at spaces on Church Street.” Being right next to City Hall Park, site of the warm-weather Burlington Farmers Market, is a big boon: “I think it’s going to be tremendous for me 26 Saturdays out of the year,” Glickman says.
Because many of the handcrafted items from Block & Board are pricey, Glickman plans to round out his offerings with other goods, ranging from sterling silver mobiles and glasswork to local hot chocolate mix, cheeses and mustard.
“We’re going to carry reusable shopping bags and picnic blankets, too, because we’re right by the market,” he says. Sounds like a solid strategy.