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|Maple Corner Community Store Newsletter – January 28th, 2020|
Dear Friends Near and Far,
It’s wonderful to see so many of your familiar faces in and out of the store and Whammy throughout the week. Almost every day somebody new comes in and introduces themselves as a shareholder or other supporter. How fortunate we are to live in such a dynamic and engaged community, we love meeting those of you we didn’t already know. As you’ve seen, we continue to change a little something each week and it’s all starting to come together. If you haven’t had a chance, stop by and say hi.
The Hunger Mountain Coop is currently our source of Organic Strafford Farms milk in glass bottles, however they are out until Wednesday. We’ll get it in as soon as they do and are working to secure a more reliable distribution source so we don’t have to rely on their supply.
We continue to have Patchwork bread delivered Tuesday’s and Friday’s, generally delivered early afternoon. We are now using their bread for our daily sandwich special.
The Times Argus is being delivered Tuesday through Saturday. Pick one up to read at home, or peruse the store copy at the community table over breakfast or lunch.
Last week’s featured wine, a 2017 Vietti Barberra D’Asti, has been enormously popular so we are keeping it on for
another week. This is a red wine from the Piedmont region of northwestern Italy, known for its fine red wines. This wine goes well with pizza or pasta, but also burgers or lamb chops.
Big news in the beer cooler this week is that we’ve brought in Lawson’s Finest Sip of Sunshine in cans as well as 12 packs of Lawson’s Super Session #6 IPA. We also have Sip of Sunshine on tap at the Whammy Bar
We are also now carrying both a Hard Kombucha & Hard Ginger Beer. We still have two flavors of non-alcoholic Kombucha in the drink cooler, as well as Reeds Ginger Beer.
This week in the Deli we’ll continue to have a hot sandwich on Patchwork bread as our daily sandwich special. We’ll have a hot soup most days and fresh baked muffins every morning. Please feel free to call ahead to learn about our daily specials.
We have switched our drip coffee to Artisan’s Coffee Roasters, and have almond milk and soy creamer available by request. We also have a variety of Harney & Son’s Tea. We are offering breakfast sandwiches to order, in addition to having them pre-made in the warmer. Feel free to call in an order and add veggies, fresh avocado, or to request an upgrade to a Patchwork Bagel (subject to availability). We can also do Bacon or Sausage & Egg Breakfast Burrito’s to order.
This week’s Whammy Line-up:
Pick up a copy of our monthly music schedule at the store, or view it on our website.
Thursday, January 30th – Open Mic. Come to perform or just to listen. Sign up when you arrive.
Friday, January 31st – Big Hat No Cattle – Swinging out from Montpelier, Vermont, Big Hat No Cattle plays and sings old and new songs in a vintage western style. The band includes: Kevin Macneil Brown on steel guitar, guitar, and vocals; Michael Ricciarelli on guitar, fiddle, mandolin, and vocals; David Blythe on bass and vocals, and Danny McHugh on drums.
Saturday, February 1st – John Smythe. John Smyth has been playing his original music in venues throughout Vermont since 2010. His album, “Hunger Mountain Clay”, was released in 2018. John plays with full bands, performs solo and acoustic and anything in between. He is ready to record his next CD with Colin McCaffrey at the Green Room in Plainfield Vermont.
Come check out our new cocktail menu and daily drink special. In addition to our dinner menu,we have daily Sandwich, Crostini and Soup or Entrée specials. Feel free to call ahead to learn about them.
Big Hat No Cattle at the Whammy Bar.
Sincerely, the MCCS Management Team,
Anne Marie Shea, Caity Kaye, & Jamie MoorbyCommunity Corner:
Welcome to the first Community Corner, a new feature at the end of each newsletter. Each Community Corner will include two or three local events, tidbits from neighbors, remarkable things someone saw on their walk, inspirational quotes, or whatever else may come our way. Feel free to reply to the newsletter with suggested Community Corner items.
Please be aware that, due to space limitations, we can’t post everything. We will select two or three items each week to feature.
Upcoming Events at the Maple Corner Community Center:Mark your calendars: 2 evening pot lucks at the Maple Corner Community Center. Sunday Feb. 9 and Sunday March 29th @ 5:30 pm.Advance Care Planning: It’s always too soon…until it’s too late — February 20th, 630pm. This workshop will provide an overview of medical decision-making, clarify the tools available in Vermont to document health decisions and discuss the importance of planning in advance of critical illness or health emergency. Led by Cindy Bruzzese, Executive Diretor of the Vermont Ethics Network. Free and open to the public.Sponsored by the Maple Corner Program Committee. Stay tuned for more events, including a Persian Cooking class in April.Copyright © *Maple Corner Community Store, All rights reserved.
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31 West County Road,
Calais Vt 05648
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PO Box 91, Calais VT 05648
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Maple Corner Community Store Newsletter – January 21st, 2020
Dear loyal customers and community members,
Today marks one month since our grand re-opening on December 20th. As a management team we are finally settling into a routine and getting a little more sleep. We are proud of how much we have accomplished in our first month of operation, and owe a huge thank you to everyone who lent a hand as we got up and running. Also thanks to everyone for your increased patronage – we only flourish as a sustainable community resource with your ongoing support. Be sure to come in this week to check out the newly painted Whammy Bar.
This week at the store:
We will continue to get Patchwork Bread Tuesday’s and Friday’s, however Charlie of Patchwork won’t make it this coming Tuesday (1/21). Look for his return on Friday.
Our customers are really loving the Strafford Farms organic glass bottle milk. We now have quarts of whole and low fat milk, pints of half and half, and half gallons of whole milk. Remember our price includes a $1.50 bottle deposit so be sure to bring your bottle back for the refund. If you have bottles you bought elsewhere, we’ll still take them and refund your deposit.
Our Bulk section continues to grow. New this week is Nutritional Yeast flakes, Organic Quinoa, Organic Black Beans, and Organic Chick Peas. We’ve also begun adding bulk herbs and spices. We currently have Black Peppercorns, Cinnamon, Organic Curry Powder, Organic Basil, Organic Garlic Powder and Pink Sea Salt..
We have stopped carrying commercial white chicken eggs and in their place are offering Pete & Gary’s organic brown eggs (at a lower price than our old white eggs were) as well as local eggs from Schoolhouse Farm right here in Calais. While we love Pete & Gary’s eggs we want to stop buying them in plastic egg cartons. Instead, we plan to buy them in bulk and repackage them for sale in reused egg cartons. Please feel free to drop off your empty (clean and intact) egg cartons for us to re-use.
We are now carrying a wide variety of vegan groceries. We have organic Eden Soy Unsweetened Soy Milk, Vanilla Almond Milk, Silk non-dairy creamer, organic Firm Tofu, Rhapsody Tempeh, and Earth Balance. We are offering Silk Soy Creamer and Almond Milk available for your morning coffee, just ask.
On the shelves this week you’ll also find an assortment of new products. Check out the Once Again organic Tahini and Almond Butter, and Chu Chee authentic Thai Curry Paste. We also brought in Knudson Morning Blend juice and Knudson Cranberry Juice Concentrate.
In the Dairy Cooler, we have brought in Natalie’s Orange Juice, Vermont Creamery Cultured Butter, Cold Hollow Cider, and thick cut Cob & Hardwood Smoked McKenzie Bacon cured with Vermont Maple Syrup.
In the Freezer, be sure to check out our selection of frozen Tony’s Pizza, American Flatbread, organic Misty Knoll Chicken, School House Farm (Calais) Ground Beef, Caity’s Home Made Arugula Pesto, Wyman’s Blueberries & Raspberries, Amy’s Organic Dinner Bowls, and many other frozen favorites.
Our Produce Cooler this week features all the usuals including organic Kale, Arugula, whole white mushrooms, Caity’s home made hummus, an assortment of bulk cheeses, avocado’s, garlic, onions, potatoes, and much more.
We are building our inventory of local artisan crafts. In addition to Carve Design block print cards by Paige Canfield, we now have wonderful print cards by local artist and U32 art teacher Adrian Wade. We also continue to carry Sarah Russell Pottery, and have just gotten back in stock Junkyard in No Town,a novel by local author J.C. Myers. What better way to support the store and local artists than by buying local art at the store.
We’ll continue to have fresh homemade muffins each morning, a lunch sandwich special on toasted Patchwork bread each day, as well as a hot soup available to eat in or take out. Call ahead to learn about daily lunch specials.
Wine: This weeks featured wine is a 2017 Vietti Barberra D’Asti. This is a red wine from the Piedmont region of northwestern Italy, known for its fine red wines. Piedmont borders France and Switzerland and has an ideal climate and soils for producing fine red wine. This wine made from the Barbera grape is medium bodied, dry with nice fruit and a very smooth finish. This wine goes well with pizza or pasta, but also burgers or lamb chops. It is rated quite highly by wine experts.
Beer: After a being unavailable for nearly a month we are excited to have Two Roads “Road 2 Ruin” back in stock, both in the store and available in cans at the Whammy. This is a wonderfully hoppy Double IPA.
This week at the Whammy:
On Thursday, January 23rd we have our monthly Gaelic Sessions hosted by Footworks. This open session featuring traditional Cape Bretton, Scottish and Irish music will be hosted in a round robin style, allowing each musician the opportunity to lead a tune of his/her choosing. Feel free to come and play, or just come to listen.
On Friday, January 24th we welcome backWorm Dogs featuring Eric Soszynski and Nick Ledak on Guitar, Danica Cunningham on Fiddle, Will Pearl on Percussion and Braden Lalancette (of Papa’s Porch) on Bass.
On Saturday, January 25th join us in welcoming theDevon McGarry Band. This original rock band from Burlington, VT explores just about every corner of the genre, from slow blues to raw angst. The rhythms are glued tight, the leads are soaring, and the lyrics are heartfelt. What more could you want?
Whammy Bar Specials:
Thai Curry Wings with Cilantro, Scallion & Herbs
Cocktail Special – Warm up on a cold night with a Bar Hill Gin Toddy
Stay tuned or give us a call to learn our dinner special and a salad special. These will depend upon availability of ingredients.
We are introducing our new and improved cocktail menu, featuring a Bar Hill Bees Knees with a sprig of Rosemary. Additionally, we are now offering a variety of Red and White bottled wines available by the glass.
Devon McGarry Band
Sincerely, The Management Team,
Anne Marie, Caity & Jamie
What’s New at the Maple Corner Community Store & Whammy Bar?
Welcome to the first weekly MCCS & Whammy Bar newsletter!
First, a resounding thank you to our shareholders, supporters, customers, volunteers, and entire community for the abundance of energy and generosity that has brought us this far. If you are a shareholder, you have probably received your share certificates in the mail. If you haven’t, they’ll arrive shortly. All 200 “A” voting shares have been sold, which is our maximum allowable number of individual shareholders.
| What’s new at the Store?|
We’ve received strong positive feedback on the changes so far, such as fresh paint, new lighting, new shelving, and the community corner for dining with friends, as well as product changes, increases in inventory, and our efforts to offer competitive pricing store wide. If you haven’t had a chance to add your product suggestions to our suggestion jar, please stop in and do so. The square footage of shelf space has nearly doubled over the previous design, and we are making good progress toward filling it with products you want – please let us know what they are.
~Patchwork Bakery (Hardwick)– Fresh deliveries every Tuesday and Friday
~Produce: We now carry a variety of produce such as onions, garlic, red & green peppers, kale, arugula, oranges, grapefruit, bananas, clementine, avocados, tomatoes, and more.
~Bulk Maple Syrup from Lamb Sugarworks (Calais) – Bring your own container, or buy one of ours. Just be sure to have your jar weighed before you fill it. And of course we still have Kents Corner Sugarhouse specialty syrup as well.
~Calais Honey from Franklyn Heyburn
~Strafford Dairy – Whole Milk, Low Fat Milk & Half & Half. Be aware Strafford milk prices include a $1.50 deposit on the glass bottle, which helps reduce the amount of plastic in the waste stream.
~Two pound blocks of Cabot Cheddar Cheese, plus Cabot Cream Cheese, Sour Cream & Cottage Cheese
~Multiple flavors of Polar Springs 1 liter Seltzer
~ Bulk Ingredients: In addition to Maple Syrup, we’ve added a variety of bulk rice, dried beans, sugar, flour, granola, oats & more. If they sell well, we’ll upgrade to bins instead of pre-bagged and save even more plastic.
~Bulk Nuts, Fruits & Snacks: Check out our growing selection of bagged bulk goodies – trail mixes, dried papaya, mango, banana, figs & dates, almonds, walnuts, and pecans, plus yogurt pretzels, chocolate raisins & almonds, and lots more.
~School House Farm (Calais) Fresh Eggs and reasonably priced Ground Beef (in the freezer).
~Times Argus – coming soon we’ll have papers available Tuesday Through Saturday
Beer and Wine
We continue to offer a wide variety of beers from Bud Light and PBR to Heady Topper, Citizen Cider and everything in between. We’ve lowered the majority of our beer prices by a dollar or two in order to match what you’d pay in town. If there’s a variety we don’t carry, let us know and we’ll try to get it in.
With the assistance of our Vermont Wine representative and several community advisors, we have added many new varieties of wine, now located at the back of the store. Come check out our great new selections.
Deli In addition to our breakfast sandwiches, we have fresh homemade muffins and other goodies available each morning. Feel free to call ahead for breakfast sandwiches to order, and let us know what other breakfast options you’d like to enjoy with your morning coffee.
In addition to our standard sandwich menu we’ve added daily soup and sandwich specials. We love that lots of folks are coming with friends to dine in our Community Corner! Always feel free to call ahead to learn about daily specials.
|What’s new at the Whammy?|
The Whammy Bar continues to be a vibrant part of Maple Corner. We are still open every Thursday night from 5 to 9 PM and Friday and Saturday nights from 5pm to 10pm. We thank you for your patience while we repaint and redecorate the Whammy Bar, it’s coming along slowly but will be finalized in the coming weeks. Hours & Booking:
Every Thursday is Open Mic Night – sign up at the door to perform. Music starts at 7:00PM
Every Friday and Saturday we continue to host musicians and bands from near and far. Music starts at 7:30 PM. We have monthly half-sheet Whammy Schedules available at the store for you to take home and put on your fridge. You can also always check our website, http://www.maplecornercommunitystore.org for the monthly music calendar.
If you are interested in booking a gig, please email email@example.com.
January Music Schedule:
Thursday, January 16th: Open Mic
Friday, January 17th: Bella & The Notables
Saturday, January 18th: Jim Ventresca – Sing AlongThursday, January 23rd: Irish Sessions
Friday, January 24th: Worm Dogs
Saturday, January 25th: Devon McGarryThursday, January 30th: Open Mic
Friday, January 31st: Big Hat No Cattle
Menu & Specials: While we’ve kept Artie’s signature Wings, Salads & Pizza’s, we’ve also added a little something special to each menu item and have a variety of food and drink specials each night. Caity’s culinary skills are quickly becoming well known which has pulled in more folks coming for dinner. We look forward to seeing you there.
This week’s Whammy Bar Specials:
Dinner Special: Vegetarian Borsch served with award winning Patchwork Bakery(Hardwick) Matzah.
Salad Special: Winter Citrus Salad with mixed greens, grapefruit, pistachio, feta, pickled red onions & avocado. Dressed in a grapefruit, maple, poppy dressing.
Crostini Special: Turkey Reuben with swiss cheese, sauerkraut and Russian dressing.
Drinks:Be sure to come down this weekend to check out our weekly cocktail special as well as our new wine and cocktail menu.
Sincerely, the Management Team,
Anne Marie Shea
Jamie MoorbyCopyright © 2020 Maple Corner Community Store, All rights reserved.
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PO Box 91, Calais VT 05648
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