of the folks who run businesses in town love bicycling. That means
many of our neighbors have also been our customers over the years.
Here's an introduction to some of the faces in downtown Brattleborofrom
a cyclist's perspective. (For food establishments
please see our Where BratBike People Eat page).
know this list will always be incomplete. We have been downtown
denizens since 1983 and the previous owners introduced us to lots
of good people who were around long before that. We'll do our best
to update this over time, giving priority to downtown businesses
who have web sites (did we mention that we build web sites?).
Gallery in the Woods, Main Street -
Dante and Suzanne Corsano actually run the real Gallery in
the Woods up in Marlboro, so this should be the Gallery in
the Town. Dante's real love is working with wood, hence his
other business, Dante's Infurniture.
Artist's Loft Gallery and B&B -
and Patricia are your hosts for a most unusual trip into the
heart of Brattleboro. Nobody knows more about the shops in
town than they do, and none of the other galleries are quite
like this one. Sign up for the email newsletter and get monthly
glimpses into the mind of a master landscape painter at work.
and casual places
Royal Diner, the
last thing on Rte. 9 in Brattleboro - We like diners, and
the Chelsea Royal is Brattleboro's diner. We have never had
a bad meal there in 19 years. Bike parking there is just locking
your bike to the railings, but they sell soft-serve ice cream
(with flavor burst!) around the side in the summer months.
are interesting specials every day ($5-$12) in addition to
a rotating, blue-plate special (funny, the plates are white).
Breakfast is served all day. Lots of food, reasonable prices.
Okay, we made an exception to the food-page rule. We really
like the Chelsea Royal Diner.
hotel and theater, a
really interesting complex at the foot of Main Street. The
Latchis family had a small chain of around a dozen hotels
at the beginning of the last century and decided to build
this buildng as the showpiece, flagship building of the chain.
There is no other art deco architecture like this in all of
southern Vermont (or anywhere else in VT, for that matter
- please correct me if I'm wrong).
Latchis is friendly to cycletourists, always willing to find
a secure place for the bikes. The immediate vicinity includes
the Food Coop & Deli, Bruegger's Bagels, park benches
by the Whetstone Brook so praised by Thoreau, and the attractions
of the Latchis's three movie screens.
Putney Road B&B, a classy place to stay within waliking
distance of downtown. It's a very elegant, large house run
by some nice folks who ride bikes (and bring them to us for
The Latchis Theater (see above) is Brattleboro's
art moviehouse and largest performance venue. Off the top
of the head we can remember recent concerts by David Bromberg,
the amazing assemblage of fiddle music called Child's Play,
and the annual Christmastime tradition of Nowell Sing We Clear.
England Youth Theatre began as
a small project in the Latchis Theater building and has grown
to a major force in downtown Brattleboro. Located a block
down Flat Street behind the Latchis Hotel, NEYT is a safe
place for would-be theater professionals to grow up immersed
in their craft and have tremendous amounts of fun doing it.
Check out their website and feel free to donate.
Of course, a brand new theatre building is
also an excellent place to have music. Seating capacity here
is a small fraction of the the Latchis' main theater, but
it's a nice, intimate place.
Speaking of intimate places, the Hooker-Dunham
Theater and Gallery is where the musicians come to play
in town. Not the only and by no means the easiest venue to
find, but certainly the first little room in town. The place
is run by musicians and the list of great performers and local
events to have crossed this stage is really something, especially
considering you have to find the sandwich board on the sidewalk
and make your way down the alley and into the bowels of an
old warehouse to get there. It's really worth it!
Ted Cavotta is the driving force behind New
England Adventures, one of the tour organizers who pass
through Brattleboro each summer. Ted is very thorough in his
preparations and, though we have never been able to take off
for a week to ride with one of his group tours, we understand
he has many repeat riders and few unhappy faces.