Consumer Goods

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Vermont’s specialty retail products–from hand sewn teddy bears to plush flannel shirts to finely crafted furniture–have a reputation for the highest quality and enjoy a loyal following in New England and around the world.

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69,500

jobs (2020)

10,000+

retail establishments (2020) 

2.2$ billion

retail labor income (2020)

2.43%

of Vermont GDP 

Consumer goods and sales are part of the backbone
of Vermont’s economy.

Vermont’s retail and consumer goods businesses support over 69,000 jobs and bring in more than $2 billion in labor income.

Vermont’s specialty retail products–from maple syrup infused spirits to plush flannel shirts to finely crafted furniture–have a reputation for the highest quality and enjoy a loyal following in New England and around the world. 

Consumer goods and sales are part of the backbone of Vermont’s economy, supporting almost 70,000 jobs and bringing in more than $2.2 billion in labor income. Over 10,000 retail businesses thrive in Vermont, such as Danforth Pewter, making and selling quality pewter goods and art in Vermont. Find more Vermont retail businesses. 

Burlington’s Church Street Marketplace is a hub for quality goods and specialty retail. Vermont’s historic downtowns are all home to unique shopping experiences. More than 50,000 of Vermont’s small businesses have 20 employees or fewer; many are owned by sole proprietors. Vermont’s traditional retail offers a one-of-a-kind experience for Vermonters and visitors alike, offering relaxation and personal service and creating long-lasting customer relationships. 

Classic general stores carry a treasure trove of product ranges curated by knowledgeable owners.  

Vermont fosters entrepreneurialism. Take companies like Vermont Teddy Bear, which got its start on Burlington’s Church Street Marketplace selling teddy bears from a wheeled cart, or Ben & Jerry’s, inventing and scooping its first creations in a renovated gas station and finding global success. New Vermont businesses are incubating around the state, such as Renoun Skis, making tracks in the ski industry with new and innovative models.  

Vermont values form the bedrock for socially responsible and sustainability-focused companies to thrive, like Seventh Generation, focusing on high standards in transparency and safe ingredientsMany of our consumer goods and specialty retail businesses promote a balanced triple bottom line, where people, planet, and profits all receive the same high priorityRead more about Vermont’s many triple bottom line businesses. 

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Consumer Goods in Vermont

Buy Local Vermont

#BuyLocalVermont was created by the state to give an economic boost to local retail businesses, restaurants, and lodging establishments impacted by Covid-19. Over 90% of participating businesses received money from the program. Hear from some local businesses that saw increased business as consumers participated in #BuyLocalVermont.

Representative Consumer Goods Organizations in Vermont

Here’s a sample of just a few businesses throughout the state:

Region
Southern
Location
Springfield
Region
Northwest
Location
Burlington
Region
Central
Location
Bradford
Region
Central
Location
Northfield
Region
Southern
Location
Castleton
Region
Northeast
Location
Derby
Region
Southern
Location
Forrest Dale
Region
Southern
Location
Sunderland
Region
Southern
Location
East Thetford
Region
Northwest
Location
Burlington
Region
Northwest
Location
Burlington
Region
Southern
Location
Windsor
Region
Northwest
Location
Burlington