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YCQM: December 29, 2019

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Published: Dec. 29, 2019 at 3:16 PM EST
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>> DARREN: GOOD MORNING, I'M DARREN PERRON.

RIGHT NOW ON "YOU CAN QUOTE ME," SCOTT'S PICKS.

SCOTT FLEISCHMAN, THE PRODUCER AND REPORTER OF OUR MADE IN VERMONT SERIES IS HERE TO DISCUSS SOME OF HIS FAVORITE STORIES OF THE YEAR.

SCOTT JOINS ME NOW.

YOU'RE WRAPPING UP YOUR THIRD YEAR OF DOING THIS LONG RUNNING SERIES HERE ON CHANNEL 3.

>> YES, TIME FLIES WHEN YOU'RE HAVING FUN AND I'VE CERTAINLY HAD A LOT OF FUN TOURING THE STATE, TELLING STORIES OF PEOPLE AND THEIR MADE IN VERMONT BUSINESSES.

>> DARREN: AND YOU'RE STARTING WITH YOUR FAVORITE ONE, DESK PETS.

>> YES, SO A FATHER AND DAUGHTER BONDING OVER BONDING, THEIR UNIQUE MADE IN VERMONT WELDED KNICKKNACKS ARE JUST AS IMPRESSIVE AS THE YOUNG LADY BEHIND THE WELDER'S MASK.

THERE'S NOTHING BASIC ABOUT THE VARIOUS DISPLAYS AT THE MILTON ARTIST GUILD.

BUT IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR SOMETHING A LITTLE MORE NUTS AND BOLTS, THEN LOOK NO FURTHER THAN DESK PETS.

>> THEY'RE ONE OF OUR POPULAR ITEMS BECAUSE THEY'RE INCREDIBLY UNIQUE.

>> REPORTER: WHAT'S MORE UNIQUE THAN THE FIGURES, SCENES AND STRUCTURES IS THE YOUNG WOMAN WHO IS THE SPARK BEHIND THE IDEA.

ALYSSA KENWOOD IS ONLY IN THE 7TH GRADE AT COLCHESTER MIDDLE SCHOOL.

>> I DO THE TREES ON ALL OF THESE.

I LOVE TO SEE THINGS BEING CREATED AND HOW EVERYTHING COMES TOGETHER AND CREATES A BEAUTIFUL FINAL PRODUCT.

I MADE A LITTLE GUITAR GUY.

>> REPORTER: HER FAVORITE SHOW IS THE POPULAR TV PROGRAM, MYTH BUSTERS.

ON THAT SHOW THE MYTH BUSTERS SOMETIMES HAVE TO WELD ITEMS IN ORDER TO TEST THE MYTHS.

AND SINCE ALYSSA WANTS TO BE A MYTH BUSTER WHEN SHE GROWS UP, SHE HAD TO LEARN HOW TO WELD.

SHE JOINED A WELDING CLASS.

A CLASS THAT HER FATHER TOOK FIRST.

>> I WOULDN'T BE ABLE TO DO ANY OF THIS WITHOUT HIM.

IT'S A FATHER-DAUGHTER DUO, IT'S AMAZING.

SHE'S REALLY GOT IT ALTOGETHER.

>> REPORTER: MOST DESK PETS ARE IN THE $20 TO 30 RANGE, BUT SOME OF THE LARGER ITEMS CAN COST UP TO $400.

>> RIGHT NOW I'M WORKING ON THIS PIECE.

>> REPORTER: ABOUT HALF THE METAL USED IN DESK PETS IS RECYCLED.

>> THIS IS MADE OF A BARBECUE GRATE.

>> REPORTER: THEY'LL BE AT SHOWS IN BURLINGTON, BRATTLEBORO AND ESSEX.

BUT THE LARGEST SELECTION CAN BE FOUND IN MILTON.

>> PERSONALLY MY FAVORITE PART IS WHEN I SEE PEOPLE'S REACTION, WHEN THEY LOOK AT MY THINGS, IT JUST FILLS ME UP WITH SO MUCH JOY.

>> REPORTER: NO HEAVY LIFTING HERE, JUST FIERY PASSION FROM A PRETTY CREATIVE KID.

SCOTT FLEISCHMAN, CHANNEL 3 NEWS, MADE IN COLCHESTER, VERMONT.

>> DARREN: I SEE THAT'S WHY THAT'S ONE OF YOUR FAVORITES.

>> IT'S THE MOST UNIQUE THING I'VE SEEN.

THE SHOWS I MENTIONED HAVE COME AND PASSED.

BUT I'M SURE SHE DID VERY WELL WITH HER DESK PETS.

>> DARREN: WOODEN WONDERS ARE ALWAYS A BIG HIT.

>> YES, WE FEATURE A LOT OF GREAT WOOD MADE COMPANIES THIS YEAR, SIGNS, PICTURES, FISH ART AND LAMPS.

BUT I WAS BOWLED OVER BY A RETIRED VIETNAM VET WHO DOES HIS WORK FROM A SMALL CABIN IN A SMALL NORTHEAST KINGDOM COMMUNITY.

>> SAN FRANCISCO.

>> REPORTER: LISTENING TO 72-YEAR-OLD RICHARD LONG RATTLE OFF CITIES.

>> TENNESSEE, MASSACHUSETTS, FLORIDA.

>> REPORTER: STATES.

>> L.A., AND GAA DENMARK.

>> REPORTER: IN COUNTRIES WRITTEN BY TOURISTS IN HIS GUEST BOOK, YOU'D THINK HE RUNS AN INN.

>> WE HAVE MET SOME OF THE NICEST PEOPLE IN THE WORLD.

>> REPORTER: BUT IT'S NOT LODGING THAT HAS MADE LONG SO POPULAR.

IT'S LOGGING.

LOGGING THAT LEADS TO THESE.

>> I'D LIKE TO DO LARGE BOWLS.

>> REPORTER: EACH ONE TELLING A STORY.

>> YOU CAN ACTUALLY SEE WHERE IT WAS TAPPED FOR SUGAR.

>> REPORTER: AND THAT STORY STARTS HERE.

AS SUGAR MAPLE, BLACK CHERRY, WHITE ASH, AND YELLOW BIRCH TREES ON THE 85 ACRES OF LAND OWNED BY RICHARD AND HIS WIFE VERA.

>> WE WORK ON IT ALL YEAR.

>> REPORTER: LONG BRANCH WOODEN BOWLS WAS HER IDEA.

>> SHE SAID I THINK YOU COULD MAKE THEM.

>> REPORTER: SHE LEAVES HER MARK BY SIGNING THEM ONCE THEY'RE COMPLETE.

>> WE DON'T REALIZE WHAT'S IN THE BOWL ITSELF UNTIL IT'S FINISHED.

>> REPORTER: THEY ONLY USE WALNUT OIL ON THE BOWLS SO THEY CAN BE FOOD SAFE.

>> I DON'T WANT TO DO WHAT EVERYBODY ELSE DOES, SO I WANTED TO DEVELOP MY OWN STYLE, IF YOU WANT TO CALL IT.

>> REPORTER: THERE'S A LOT OF WAITING THAT GOES INTO THE PROCESS.

ONCE THE BOWLS ARE CUT AND PUT INTO THE LATHE MACHINE, THEY ARE STORED HERE IN THE WORKSHOP FOR ABOUT 18 MONTHS TO DRY OUT.

SOME OF THESE BOWLS ARE ABOUT A YEAR OLD.

>> I KEEP COUNT EACH MONTH OF WHAT I'M DOING.

>> REPORTER: WHAT HE'S DOING IS STEADY BUSINESS IN CRAFT SHOWS AND FAIRS.

>> PEOPLE THAT BUY GIFTS FOR THEIR GRAND KIDS.

>> REPORTER: BUT FACEBOOK HAS BEEN THE PRIMARY DESTINATION FOR LONG BRANCH WOODEN BOWLS WELL TRAVELED CUSTOMERS.

>> IT'S BEEN A TRIP THAT HAS BEEN WELL BLESSED, I CAN TELL YOU.

>> REPORTER: AND A ROUND TRIP AT THAT.

SCOTT FLEISCHMAN, CHANNEL 3 NEWS, MADE IN HOLLAND, VERMONT.

>> DARREN: SO BEAUTIFUL.

>> ONE OF MY FAVORITE PARTS WHEN THE BIG POWER TOOLS ARE USED, LOVE THAT STUFF, MAKES FOR GOOD SOUND IN THE STORY.

>> DARREN: FROM WOOD WE GO TO GLASS.

>> WE FEATURED A COUPLE OF GLASS ART DESIGNS THIS YEAR, MAXINE DAVIS GLASS ART, AND ANOTHER WOMAN WHO STARTED A SMALL BUSINESS IN A STUDIO SPACE IN NEW JERSEY WHO IS NOW KEEPING GLASS IN FAIRHAVEN.

>> THIS IS A DESIGN BASED ON WHAT I SEE ALL AROUND ME.

>> REPORTER: FOR MORE THAN 40 YEARS, KAREN HAS SPENT HER TIME BRIGHTENING PEOPLE'S LIVES.

WITH HER STAINED GLASS CREATIONS.

>> IT WAS HARD TO START WITH, YES.

BUT WHEN YOU TEACH YOURSELF YOU LEARN VERY WELL.

AND WHEN I TEACH OTHERS, WHICH I DO A LOT OF TEACHING, THEY CAN LEARN A LOT FASTER BECAUSE I ALREADY MADE THE MISTAKES FOR THEM.

THE SECRET TO SOLDERING IS TO MOVE THE IRON STEADILY AND SLOWLY.

>> REPORTER: HER PANELS AND JEWELRY DEPICTING ALL THAT NATURE HAS TO OFFER.

>> WHAT I REALLY LOVE ABOUT THIS AND ABOUT GLASS IN GENERAL IS JUST THE QUALITY OF THE CHANGANT --

CHANGE-ABILITY AND INTENSENESS OF THE LIGHT.

>> REPORTER: CHANGING AND SHIFTING IS DEFINITELY THE THEME IN KAREN'S STUDIO.

SHE'S ALWAYS ON THE MOVE FROM ONE STATION TO THE NEXT, WHETHER IT'S SOLDERING, SANDING, OR PAINTING.

>> I'M LIKE A LITTLE BUTTERFLY IN THE STUDIO, I FLIT FROM ONE THING TO ANOTHER, I HAVE DIFFERENT THINGS IN DIFFERENT STAGINGS OF PRODUCTION.

IT MAKES IT SO INTERESTING AND I'M NEVER BORED.

>> REPORTER: ON TOP OF ORDERING THROUGH HER WEBSITES, KAREN'S STAINED GLASS CAN BE FOUND AT VARIOUS EVENTS AND IN ARTISTS GUILDS AND CENTERS THROUGHOUT SOUTHERN VERMONT.

SHE ALSO HAS A GALLERY ON CAPE COD.

>> I'M FOCUSING ON STAINED GLASS AS AN ART FORM AS OPPOSED TO JUST MERELY DECORATIVE.

SMASHED UP PIECES OF GLASS THAT I PUT ON A PIECE OF CLEAR AND FIRE IT IN THE KILN ABOUT 1500 DEGREES.

>> REPORTER: THE AVERAGE PRICE OF HER JEWELRY IS ABOUT $35, PRICES FOR FINISHED GLASS START AT ABOUT 30 BUCKS.

>> I'M COMPELLED TO DO IT, I CAN'T STOP AND I DON'T INTEND TO.

>> REPORTER: COLORFUL CREATIONS, SHINING A LIGHT ON THE LOST ART OF STAINED GLASS.

SCOTT FLEISCHMAN, CHANNEL 3 NEWS, MADE EL CASTLETON, VERT.

>> DARREN: MORE BEAUTIFUL STUFF AHEAD, INCLUDING A BUSINESS THAT'S CREATING A LOT OF BUZZ.

YOU'RE WATCHING A SPECIAL MADE IN VERMONT "YOU CAN QUOTE ME" AND WE'RE BACK IN A MOMENT.

>> DARREN: YOU MADE IT A POINT THIS YEAR TO FOCUS ON SOME HIGH TECH COMPANIES.

>> REPORTER: THAT'S RIGHT, WE FEATURED ON LOGIC AND IT'S REBRANDING, AND ITS SERVER POWER STORAGE SYSTEMS.

ONE COMPANY THAT'S HAD THE FORESIGHT TO SAVE TECHNICIANS TIME AND MONEY WITH ITS PRODUCT, SENSORS INSTALLED DIRECTLY INSIDE A HELICOPTER.

, DETECTING ISSUES BEFORE THEY BECOME A MAJOR PROBLEM.

THIS LITTLE BOX CAN DO A WHOLE LOT OF GOOD.

IT'S CALLED THE FORESIGHT MX, A MONITORING SYSTEM THAT THROUGH VIBRATION ALERTS TECHNICIANS WHEN MAINTENANCE IS GOING TO BE NEEDED IN THE ROTOR SYSTEM OF A HELICOPTER BEFORE THE ACTUAL PROBLEM OCCURS.

>> THE RED ICON, THAT'S AN ENGINE ISSUE.

THE HELICOPTERS THAT DON'T HAVE THESE SYSTEMS ON THEM, THEY JUST DON'T HAVE AS MUCH MARGIN FOR ERROR AS SYSTEMS THAT DO.

>> REPORTER: THE FORESIGHT MX WHICH RANGES IN PRICE BUT CAN COST AROUND 90 GRAND IS PERMANENTLY INSTALLED ON THE HELICOPTER AND CAN DETECT AN ISSUE IN JUST ONE FLIGHT.

OTHER MONITORING SYSTEMS HAVE TO BE DONE SEPARATELY AND THE CHOPPER NEEDS TO BE FLOWN THREE OR FOUR TIMES BEFORE THE DIAGNOSIS IS MADE.

>> THIS SYSTEM WILL ALLOW FACILITIES AND MAINTENANCE PROFESSIONALS TO PREDICT PROBLEMS BEFORE THEY OCCUR AND THEREFORE MAYBE ORDERING PARTS BEFORE THE AIRCRAFT HAS TO BE GROUNDED.

SAVING TIME AND MONEY.

>> REPORTER: THE COMPANY THAT MAKES THE FORESIGHT MX IS CALLED GREEN POWER MONITORING SOLUTIONS.

IT WAS STARTED IN 2013 BY ENGINEERS ERIC BECKOVER AND JACK TAYLOR.

GPMS IS A DESIGN AND ENGINEER FIRM, BUT IT DOESN'T DO THE MANUFACTURING, THAT'S TAKEN CARE OF AT MICRO WIRE IN ESSEX.

>> MICRO WIRE HAS BEEN GREAT, THEY HELPED US TAKE A PROCESS THAT HADN'T BEEN WELL DEFINED YET AND TO REALLY DEFINE IT.

>> REPORTER: THE FORESIGHT MX IS CURRENTLY BEING USED IN THE BELL 407 HELICOPTER, LIKE THIS ONE HERE IN MILTON.

MANSFIELD HELO FLIGHT HAS BEEN INSTRUMENTAL IN HELPING GPMS DESIGN THE INSTALLATION FOR THE 407.

>> WE WOULD INSTALL ONE OF OUR SMART SENSORS HERE.

WE NEED TO BE ABLE TO GET ON A HELICOPTER SO WE CAN SEE EXACTLY WHERE THE CABLE RUNS ARE GOING TO GO AND WHERE HARDWARE WILL BE INSTALLED, SO THESE GUYS HAVE BEEN WONDERFUL IN PROVIDING US SOME OF THEIR THOUGHTS ABOUT WHERE THE EQUIPMENT SHOULD GO.

>> REPORTER: THE FORESIGHT MX HAS BEEN INSTALLED ON FOUR COPTERS IN NORTH CAROLINA.

BASED ON THE SUCCESS THERE, GPMS HOPES OTHERS WILL BE ALERTED TO THE TIME AND MONEY THAT CAN BE SAVED THANKS TO THIS SYSTEM.

SCOTT FLEISCHMAN, CHANNEL 3 NEWS, MADE IN ESSEX, VERMONT.

>> DARREN: JEWELRY IS ALSO A MADE IN VERMONT STAPLE HERE.

>> YOU MAY RECOGNIZE THE LAST NAME OF THIS JEWELRY MAKER, WHILE DARREN HAS NO RELATION TO HER, WE CAN ALL RELATE TO DONNA PERRON'S STORY.

>> DARREN: WHICH IS MY MOM'S FIRST NAME TOO.

>> REPORTER: YES.

BUT WE CAN APPRECIATE HER UNIQUE PRODUCTS.

FOR MANY OF US THIS IS HOW WE PICTURE RETIREMENT LOOKS.

FOR DONNA PERRON, THESE ARE THE SOUNDS OF HER RETIREMENT.

>> I JUST STARTED THIS TO MAKE GIFTS FOR MY FRIENDS AND MY FAMILY, AND IT HAS TURNED INTO SOMETHING THAT I LOVE TO DO AND SOMETHING THAT PEOPLE LOVE TO WEAR.

>> REPORTER: A NATIVE VERMONTER, DONNA OPENED SILVER AND STONES STUDIO IN JANUARY OF 2007.

HER COLLECTION INCLUDES PENDANTS, NECKLACES, RINGS, AND EARRINGS WITH AN AVERAGE COST OF ABOUT $60.

TODAY SHE'S HAMMERING, HEATING AND SANDING HER SIGNATURE EARRINGS.

IT WILL TAKE TWO HOURS, START TO FINISH.

>> I'VE ALWAYS LOVED JEWELRY FROM THE TIME I WAS A LITTLE KID, I USED TO RIDE MY BIKE TO KRESGE'S, TAKE MY BABY-SITTING MONEY AND BUY THIS GOD AWFUL STUFF, BUT I LOVED IT.

>> REPORTER: DONNA LEARNED A LOT ABOUT MAKING JEWELRY WHILE SPENDING TIME IN NEW MEXICO, BUT SHE GOT HER START RIGHT HERE IN VERMONT AT THE SHELBURNE SCHOOL.

>> IT'S AMAZING TO ME THAT SOMETHING FROM UNDER THE GRUBBED I CAN TRANSFORM WITH MY HANDS AND MAKE INTO A BEAUTIFUL PIECE OF JEWELRY FOR SOMEONE TO WEAR.

>> THESE ARE MY EARRINGS THAT SHE MADE ME FOR CHRISTMAS.

>> REPORTER: SOMEONE LIKE SONIA LAMB.

>> I DREW IT ON A PIECE OF PAPER A DESIGN THAT I LIKED AND SHE RAN WITH IT AND I THINK THEY'RE STUNNING.

ROZ NOT ONLY IS SHE A CUSTOMER, SHE'S A CLIENT, HER BUSINESS, SALON INC., IS ONE OF A HANDFUL OF PLACES SELLING SILVER AND STONES JEWELRY.

>> I CAN'T KEEP IT STOCKED, IT'S AWESOME AND SHE'S DOING IT RIGHT IN HER HOUSE, JUST ONE OF A KIND PIECES.

>> IF I SEE SOMEONE WEARING I PAIR OF EARRINGS, I THINK I COULD DO THOSE IN A DIFFERENT METAL AND MAYBE SMALLER OR ADD SOMETHING TO IT.

>> REPORTER: THERE'S NOTHING DONNA PERRON CAN'T HANDLE, AT A TIME WHEN PEACE AND QUIET IS PREFERRED SHE'S MAKING NOISE AND A FASHION STATEMENT WITH HER ONE OF A KIND JEWELRY.

SCOTT FLEISCHMAN, CHANNEL 3 NEWS, MADE IN UNDERHILL, VERMONT.

>> DARREN: AWESOME.

ANIMALS PLAY A BIG ROLE IN MANY MADE IN VERMONT PRODUCTS AND YOU FEATURED A WOMAN MAKING JEWELRY OUT OF HORSE HAIR.

>> THAT'S RIGHT.

AND THERE'S ALWAYS A BUZZ AROUND INSECTS TOO WHEN IT COMES TO CERTAIN ITEMS INCLUDING ONE VERMONT BUSINESS THAT RELIES ON BEES FOR BETTER SKIN.

THERE ARE SIX BEHIVES IN THE BENOIT FAMILY'S BACK YARD.

WHILE THE QUEEN OF THIS HIVE IS BUSY AT WORK, SHE'S GOT NOTHING ON DARCY BENOIT.

DARCY IS THE QUEEN BEE OF HER BUSINESS, BEES ON BROADWAY.

>> IT'S BEEN A GREAT YEAR FOR OUR BEES, THEY ALL LIVED THROUGH THE WINTER WHICH IS THE FIRST TIME WE'VE EVER BEEN ABLE TO SAY THAT.

>> REPORTER: SHE MAKES THE USUAL HONEY AND WAX CANDLES.

BUT IT'S THE SOAP AND SKIN CARE PRODUCTS THAT HAVE PEOPLE BUZZING.

>> EVERYTHING IS WITH HONEY OR WAX.

I DO HAVE SOME SOAPS THAT HAVE BOTH, A LOT OF DIFFERENT HEALTH PROPERTIES THAT GO ALONG WITH USING BEES WAX ON YOUR SKIN.

>> REPORTER: HER HUSBAND B.J. HAS CERTAINLY BENEFITED, AS A WELDER HE'S HAD SEVERAL SKIN ISSUES.

>> BURNS AND REALLY DRY SKIN.

>> REPORTER: BUT IS ALLERGIC TO OVER-THE-COUNTER OINTMENTS.

>> I DON'T HAVE TO USE AS MUCH LOTION BECAUSE THE SOAPS WORK SO WELL.

>> MY HUSBAND AND I WOULD HANG OUT WITH THIS TINY BACK ROOM IN OUR HOUSE AND THAT WAS MY LITTLE LABORATORY FOR THE LONGEST TIME.

>> REPORTER: DARCY MOVED INTO THIS SPACE ON FIRST STREET IN SWANSON LAST AUGUST.

IT GIVES HER THE ABILITY TO HAVE MORE ROOM WHEN MAKING HER SOAPS AND SALVES, IT'S PRETTY CONVENIENT TOO, RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER FROM HER HOUSE ON BROADWAY WHERE IT ALL STARTED.

>> IT MAKES ME SMILE EVERY TIME I WALK IN IN DOOR, I LOVE IT HERE, THIS IS MY HAPPY PLACE.

I WORK FULL-TIME AS WELL, SO THIS IS MY HOBBY WHICH IS TURNING INTO A LOT MORE WORK.

>> IT'S JUST AMAZING FROM WHAT SHE STARTED IN THE LITTLE BACK ROOM OF OUR HOUSE WITH THE LIP BALM TO NOW WHEN WE GO SOMEWHERE AND PEOPLE SAY YOU'RE THE BEE PEOPLE, RIGHT?

YEAH.

>> REPORTER: SIX HIVES ISN'T ENOUGH FOR THE DEMAND, SO DARCY HAS BEEN ABLE TO USE OTHER LOCALLY SOURCED WAX AND HONEY.

BEES ON BROADWAY IS AVAILABLE IN SEVERAL STORES AND SALONS AROUND THE STATE, AND CAN ALSO BE ORDERED THROUGH ITS WEBSITE.

>> I HAVE SOME WHOLESALE ACCOUNTS THAT I JUST PICKED UP.

>> REPORTER: YOU'D EXPECT NOTHING LESS FROM A BEE BUSINESS WITH PRODUCTS THAT KEEPS YOUR SKIN SOFT AND SMOOTH, WITH A LITTLE TOUCH OF SWEET.

SCOTT FLEISCHMAN, CHANNEL 3 NEWS.

>> DARREN: I LOVE THE NAME OF THAT COMPANY.

>> YES, JUST HAPPEN STANCE WHERE SHE IS ON BROADWAY.

>> DARREN: YOU'VE TASTED YOUR WAY AROUND THE STATE TOO, MY FRIEND AND FOUND OUT PEOPLE ARE GOING NUTS OVER THIS MADE IN VERMONT PRODUCT.

DON'T GO AWAY, EVERYBODY.

>> DARREN: WE FEATURED MANY DIFFERENT ITEMS SO FAR THIS MORNING, BUT FOOD, SCOTT, IS ALWAYS A FAVORITE ON MADE IN VERMONT.

>> YES, WE FEATURE CHOCOLATES AND MARSHMALLOWS IN SOUTH BURLINGTON, COOKIES IN SHAFTS BURY.

BUT AT THE START OF THE YEAR I TOOK A TRIP TO BRATTLEBORO.

A FAMILY RUNS THE VERMONT COUNTRY DEL I THERE.

ONE OF THE ITEMS THEY'VE STOCKED OVER THE YEARS IS GELATO FROM THE VERMONT GELATO COMPANY.

IT'S A PRODUCT SHE AND HER HUSBAND LOVE SO MUCH, THEY BOUGHT IT AND ARE NOW ADDING AN ORGANIC TOUCH.

WHEN MICHAEL AND JESSICA TOOK OVER THE VERMONT GELATO COMPANY A FEW MONTHS AGO, THEY WANTED TO KEEP THE INTEGRITY OF THE BUSINESS BUT AT THE SAME TIME ADD THEIR OWN FLAVOR.

>> MY WIFE AND I ARE VERY HEALTH CONSCIOUS WITH OUR TWO KIDS, AND IT'S IMPORTANT WHAT WE PUT IN OUR BODIES.

>> REPORTER: THEY MAKE SEVERAL ORGANIC GELATOS INCLUDING ONE WITH FRESH GINGER.

>> THOSE PEOPLE THAT ARE SEEKING OUT SOMETHING THAT'S SUPERPOWERFUL, IT'S THERE, THEY'RE GOING TO GET THAT SATISFACTION.

>> REPORTER: SPICES LIKE THE GINGER ARE LOCALLY SOURCED.

>> ORGANIC HONEY.

>> REPORTER: HE MAKES SAUCES FROM SCRATCH IN THE COMPANY KITCHEN.

>> IT IS A DESSERT, BUT WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT IT'S GOING TO BE THE BEST QUALITY AND THE BEST INGREDIENTS THAT WE CAN GIVE YOU.

>> REPORTER: BUT THE CLASSIC GELATOS ARE ALSO STILL AVAILABLE.

ON A BUSY DAY SHE CAN PACK ABOUT 500 PINTS.

>> WE ALL HAVE FUN COMING UP WITH NEW FLAVORS, AND IT'S FUN TO HAVE SOMEONE COME UP TO US AND SAY I LOVE YOUR VANILLA, OR I LOVE THIS.

>> REPORTER: SHE RECENTLY PURCHASED THIS FREEZER THAT GOES IN THE BACK OF THIS TRUCK, THAT WILL ALLOW THEM TO MAKE DELIVERIES FROM NORTHERN MASSACHUSETTS TO THE NORTHEAST KINGDOM WITH THE GOAL TO MAKE STOPS AT STORES THROUGHOUT NEW ENGLAND.

>> TWO HOURS TAKES YOU SO MANY PLACES HERE.

SO WE WANT TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THAT AND BRING OUR PRODUCT TO THESE PLACES THAT VERMONT REALLY HOLDS A SPECIAL PLACE FOR THOSE CUSTOMERS.

>> REPORTER: CURRENTLY THE VERMONT GELATO COMPANY DID BE FOUND IN 22 LOCATIONS AND RESTAURANTS THROUGHOUT THE REGION.

THEY SELL PINTS AND MINIS RANGING FROM 5.99 TO 9.99.

>> THIS IS A GOOD OPPORTUNITY FOR OUR FAMILY AND OUR COMMUNITY HERE.

THE PREVIOUS OWNER HAS DONE A GREAT JOB OF BUILDING IT TO WHAT IT IS.

MY WIFE AND I AND JESS AS WELL ARE READY TO TAKE TO IT THE NEXT STEP.

>> REPORTER: A VENTURE AS BOLD AS THE FLAVORS OF THEIR SWEET TREATS.

SCOTT FLEISCHMAN, CHANNEL 3 NEWS, MADE IN BRATTLEBORO, VERMONT.

>> DARREN: LOOKS GOOD.

SUMMERTIME SEEMS A LONG TIME AWAY, BUT IT'S A GREAT TIME OF YEAR TO CATCH UP AND SEE SOME OF THESE MADE IN VERMONT PRODUCTS.

>> YES, AND GOING TO THE FARMERS MARKETS AROUND THE STATE YOU CAN SEE A LOT OF THESE FOOD ITEMS.

ONE WOMAN'S SNACKS AND SPREADABLE FOODS HAVE BEEN PASSING THE TASTE TEST FOR MORE THAN A DECADE.

AND FOR HER TO PRODUCE AS MUCH AS SHE DOES OUT OF HER SPACE IN MORRISVILLE IS PRETTY NUTS.

KELLY FOUND HER CALLING NEARLY 20 YEARS AGO.

>> I FEEL LIKE IT WAS A GIFT, THIS BUSINESS.

>> REPORTER: THAT BUSINESS IS THE NUTTY VERMONTER.

>> SO ALMONDS, CASHEWS, PECANS, SIP AMONTH, AND EVERYTHING IS LOW SUGAR, LOW SODIUM AND THE NUTS ARE RAW.

REPORT HER NUT BUTTERS AND SPICED NUTS ARE A HEALTHY HIT.

IT STARTED 17 YEARS AGO WHEN KELLY TOOK A CLASS AT THE VERMONT'S FOOD VENTURE CENTER.

ONE OF OF THE ASSIGNMENTS WAS TO MAKE A PRODUCT THEY THINK THEY COULD SELL.

KELLY MADE MAPLE GINGER FLAVORED NUTS.

>> BROUGHT THEM INTO CLASS AND THEY WERE LIKE A SUCCESS.

SO I WENT THAT NIGHT, CREATED THE OTHER TWO FLAVORS.

>> REPORTER: THOSE OTHER TWO FLAVORS, MAPLE CINNAMON AND MAPLE CHIPOTLE.

THE MAPLE SYRUP COMING FROM BRIGHAM HILL FARM IN ESSEX JUNCTION.

>> I'VE ACTUALLY WATCHED KIDS GROW UP EATING MY PRODUCT, AND IT'S HEALTHY AND IT GIVES ME SUCH A GOOD FEELING.

>> REPORTER: IT'S A SECRET 24 HOUR PROCESS TO GET THEIR FLAVORS.

FROM THERE SHE SHAKES OFF THE EXCESS SUGAR.

THEN IT'S TIME TO GO THROUGH THE NUTS, LOOKING FOR ANY BROKEN PIECES THAT WILL EVENTUALLY BE GROUNDED INTO THE NUT BUTTERS.

>> I WON'T PACKAGE BROKEN NUTS.

I FIGURE IF I'M CHARGING PEOPLE $5 PER QUARTER POUND, I WANT THEM TO BE PERFECT BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT I WOULD WANT.

>> REPORTER: KELLY FIRST STARTED SELLING HER PRODUCTS AT THE FARMERS MARKETS IN MONTH PEOPLIER AND WAKEFIELD.

NOW IT CAN BE FOUND AT THE BURLINGTON AND STOWE STARMERS MARKETS, SHE'S BEEN SELLING HER PRODUCTS HERE AT STOWE FOR ABOUT 15 YEARS.

THEY'RE CURIOUS, THEY WANT TO KNOW, THEN THEY TASTE IT AND YOU SEE THEIR FACES, THAT'S GOT TO BE THE BEST PART FOR YOU.

>> THAT IS THE BEST PART FOR ME.

FIRST YOU HAND IT TO THEM AND THEY SAY WHAT ARE YOU GIVING ME, THEN WHEN THEY TASTE AND IT THEY SAY OH MY GOD, I LOVE THIS, THIS IS AMAZING, THAT'S WHY I'M HERE.

>> REPORTER: THE NUT BUTTER JARS ARE $10 AT FARMERS MARKETS.

KELLY ALSO TAKES WEBSITE ORDERS.

>> THE HOME PAGE OF MY WEBSITE SAYS THAT I'M A ONE WOMAN SHOW AND CAN TAKE UP TO SIX WEEKS TO RECEIVE YOUR ORDER, AND PEOPLE WAIT, AND I LOVE THEM FOR THAT.

>> REPORTER: LET'S CALL IT AS WE SEE IT, THEY'RE JUST NUTTY FOR THE NUTTY VERMONTER.

SCOTT FLEISCHMAN, DHAN EL 3 NEWS, MADE IN MORRISVILLE, VERMONT.

>> DARREN: SO YOU PICKED A BUNCH OF YOUR FAVORITES FROM 2019.

HARD FOR ME TO PICK, THERE HAVE BEEN SO MANY GOOD ONES, BUT I HAVE TO SAY THE DAVIS TOY COMPANY, THAT GUY WAS FUN.

>> YES, THAT WAS ONE OF THE MOST RECENT ONES WE'VE DONE, AND HE HAS A UNIQUE PRODUCT AND A UNIQUE INDIVIDUAL FOR SURE, LIFE HAS TAKEN HIM DOWN ROADS OF SUCCESS AND REDEMPTION.

NOW ALL ROADS LEAD TO WALLINGFORD WHERE HE'S HOPING TO DRIVE BUSINESS WITH HIS TOY CARS.

WHEN JOHNNY MOST DAVIS CREATES SOMETHING, IT STANDS THE TEST OF TIME.

>> TO GET A FINISHED PRODUCT, HOURS.

IT TAKES HOURS.

>> REPORTER: IT'S BEEN THAT WAY EVER SINCE HE WAS IN HIS MID 20'S WORKING AS A SONGWRITER AND PRODUCER.

HIS FIRST NUMBER ONE RECORD, THE 90'S HIT, MAKE YOU SWEAT.

GIRL, I BET I CAN MAKE YOU SWEAT.

AND I REMEMBER THAT LIKE IT WAS YESTERDAY.

>> REPORTER: JOHNNY WENT ONTO WORK WITH OTHER ARTISTS SUCH AS ROGER DAUGHTERRY, OUTCAST, MARY BLINDING.

THE AWARD WINNING SONG, BEST DAY OF MY LIFE.

>> I'VE HAD A LOT OF BIG SUCCESS, AND IT WAS ELATION.

BUT THE LOWS, YOU KNOW, ARE CAVERNOUS.

>> REPORTER: PERSONAL TRAGEDY LED HIM DOWN A ROAD TO ADDICTION AND EVENTUALLY REHAB.

HE GOT A SCHOOL HOUSE THREE HOURS FROM WHERE HE WAS LIVING IN NEW YORK.

>> I REALIZED I HAD A KNACK FOR MAKING STUFF.

>> REPORTER: THAT LED HIM TO BUILDING TOY CARS, THE SAME TYPES OF TOYS HE HAD WHEN HE WAS A KID.

>> THE THING ABOUT THE TOYS BACK THEN IS YOU CAN STILL BUY THEM TODAY, THEY'RE HEIRLOOMS AND THEY WERE MADE WITH QUALITY, AND I WANTED TO DO THE SAME THING.

WHEN I GLUE THIS TOGETHER IT WILL LOOK LIKE THIS.

>> REPORTER: THIS IS CALLED A B --

HE WAS INSPIRED BY THE HORIZON AT SMUGGLER'S NOTCH, TOOK A TRIP UP THERE AND TRACED THE HORIZON.

>> I CHART EVERYTHING AS IF IT WAS A SONG, I WRITE IT DOWN.

>> REPORTER: THE FIRST BUSINESS TO TAKE A CHANCE ON THE DAVIS TOY COMPANY WAS HAND MADE IN VERMONT IN WALLINGFORD.

>> WHEN HE SHOWED UP WITH THESE I WAS AS ASTOUNDED AS HE WAS, AND HERE WE ARE.

>> REPORTER: THE DAVIS TOY COMPANY CAN BE FOUND AT THE RUTLAND FARMERS MARKET AND ON ETSY, MOST OF THE CARS RANGE FROM 100 TO $120.

HE HAS AN EXCLUSIVE LINE OF CARS COMING TO RUTLAND, THE STORE WHERE HE BUYS MOST OF HIS HARDWARE.

>> I PLAYED MUSIC MY WHOLE LIFE, AND NOW I PLAY WITH TOYS.

YOU KNOW, KEEPS ME YOUNG.

LIKE MY GRANDMOTHER USED TO SAY, WHERE THERE'S LIFE, THERE'S HOPE.

AND THERE'S PEOPLE WHO BELIEVED IN ME AND REALLY HELPED GIVE ME THE STRENGTH TO SEE A BETTER WAY, TO SEE MY WAY OUT OF SOME DEEP WATER, MAN.

>> REPORTER: JOHNNY MOST DAVIS HAS HAD TO ENDURE WHEN LIFE HAS CLAMPED HIM DOWN.

THAT'S PROBABLY THE REASON WHY HIS MUSIC AND THESE CARS ARE ALSO BUILT TO LAST.

SCOTT FLEISCHMAN, CHANNEL 3 NEWS, MADE IN WALLINGFORD, VERMONT.

>> DARREN: THOSE CARS ARE SO COOL, HE'S SO COOL AS WELL.

>> YOU PICKED A GOOD ONE.

>> DARREN: YOU ARE ALWAYS LOOKING FOR MADE IN VERMONT IDEAS.

>> YES, I THINK THAT'S ONE OF THE MISCONCEPTIONS, YOU KNOW, WE'RE WADES LOOKING FOR IDEAS.

SO DROP ME AN EMAIL, AND IN S SUBJECT LINE JUST PUT MADE IN VERMONT SUGGESTION, AND YOU CAN ALSO REACH OUT TO MY FACEBOOK PAGE AND SEND ME ALL YOUR IDEAS.

MIGHT NOT GET BACK TO YOU RIGHT AWAY, BUT WE WILL BE IN TOUCH FOR SURE.

>> DARREN: MAY BE FEATURED ON THE CHANNEL 3 NEWS AT 6:00 ON MONDAYS WHEN HIS SERIES AIRS.

SCOTT, THANK YOU.

AND THANK YOU ALL FOR WATCHING.

WE'LL SEE YOU SOON, EVERYBODY.

HAVE A WONDERFUL SUNDAY.

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