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Snow Sports-Themed Lounge and Bar Coming to Burlington

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Published October 25, 2022 at 2:30 p.m.
Updated October 26, 2022 at 10:08 a.m.


From left: J Skis headquarters manager Doug Stewart with Corrine and J Levinthal in the company's lounge and bar - COURTESY
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  • From left: J Skis headquarters manager Doug Stewart with Corrine and J Levinthal in the company's lounge and bar

J Levinthal, 50, has been a trailblazer in ski design since he started LINE Skis in 1995. He founded the online ski company J Skis in 2013. "Our customers constantly ask us if they can visit when they come into town," Levinthal said.

Now they can visit — and have a drink before or after shopping. J Skis is scheduled to open its first retail store, at 247 Main Street in downtown Burlington, in mid-November. The 4,000-square-foot building, formerly O'Briens Salon, will also house an all-ages lounge and bar.

In addition to establishing J Skis' first brick-and-mortar headquarters, Levinthal and his wife, Corrine, want to create the city’s
first ski- and snowboard-themed community hub.

"We have lots of tourists and locals who are passionate skiers and snowboarders and no central gathering place for like-minded people to hang out," Levinthal said.

The bar and lounge will be contiguous with the retail space, which J Skis will share with Ski the East, a Vermont-based clothing and gear company. Levinthal clarified that it will not be a late-night venue. "It will be very inclusive, welcoming all ages and all levels of experience," he said.

The renovated space boasts 300-year-old barn-board walls and will be decorated with ski and snowboard memorabilia. A large screen will show downhill snow sports movies, and guests will be able to play on-theme video games.

All drinks will come in cans — from soda and Red Bull to Pabst Blue Ribbon and IPAs — and the food menu will consist of basic snacks, such as popcorn and pretzel bites.

"It'll be like hanging in the parking lot after a good day skiing, showing your friends what you just shot on your GoPro," Levinthal said. "We crack a cold one; you're good to go."