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Congratulations to the six winners of the Kick Start Middlebury program!

  • Addison West: This existing Main Street business will be expanding to a larger space. 

  • Calvi's: A restaurant that will pay tribute to the Calvi's that is fondly remembered by Middlebury residents, visitors, and Middlebury College alumni. 

  • Midd Rock Bouldering Center: An inclusive, welcoming, active community center featuring rock climbing, fitness training, youth programming, and special events. 

  • The Middlebury Studio School: This will be a secondary location for the non-profit that provides education in arts and crafts for students of all ages.

  • Sparrow Art Supply: A new go-to shop for art, craft, and creative needs, from oil paints to markers to pottery tools. 

  • Your Home Too: This will be a secondary location for the vintage and vintage-inspired lifestyle shop.  


Kick Start Middlebury is a new initiative that welcomes any and all ideas for a business that will add to a vibrant Main Street mix, provide residents and visitors with experiential opportunities, and bring new energy and jobs to the downtown. 

Kick Start Middlebury will offer packages of valuable start-up incentives to at least three to five applicants to locate a new or expanded operation in Middlebury. Each package includes free or discounted services and products donated by area businesses, a $20,000 cash grant made available by the Town of Middlebury and donations from the Rotary Club of Middlebury and Table 21, as well as various benefits provided by property owners.


More than a cash prize and valuable start-up services, the initiative offers business support, coaching and connections that will help all applicants advance their ideas.

Find out more about eligibility, how to apply, details on the award packages, and available storefronts

Download a one-page document that reviews program details. 

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