Blog :: 05-2020

Staying at Home in Woodstock - Got It Covered Upholstery

 

Today, it's our pleasure to interview Efran Lebron, owner of Got It Covered Upholstery.  We have been so impressed by his commitment to community service - and by his gorgeous upholstery!

*If you're just finding our "Staying at Home in Woodstock" series, welcome! During the COVID-19 crisis, we are connecting with local businesses, entrepreneurs, and non-profits to help encourage and support one another through this difficult time.  Please contact us directly if you would like to be featured.*

 

Who are you and where do you live? 

My name is Efran Lebron. I am the owner of Got it Covered Upholstery and live in West Hartford, VT.

What do you do? For how long have you been doing it?  

I began working for a local furniture mill as an upholsterer six years ago after moving to the Upper Valley from Atalanta, Georgia. I had no experience, but it became second nature since my background is in fashion designing. After a couple of years, I ventured out on my own and opened a little upholstery shop out of my barn. I recently moved my shop to the Galley Place in Woodstock. The shop focuses on upholstering furniture, boxed cushions, pillows, and a few other odd jobs from time to time. We also sell fabrics and curated fun pieces of furniture upholstered or waiting to be reimagined. 

How has your life and livelihood changed in the time of Covid-19?

Upholstery production was put on pause for six weeks when one of my main supply vendors couldn't deliver due to the shut down in New York. That shook me a bit since I was newly in my Woodstock location, and I was just starting to get into the swing of things again after the shop moved. But I took the opportunity to keep things moving at the shop by making masks for the local hospitals, businesses, local residents, and many others around the country and Canada. I created kits for locals to sew masks, and together we all donated over 1500 masks. There was no way I could let me new shop sit stagnant.

I'm glad to be upholstering again, we are offering masks to all of our customers and doing all we can to keep everyone safe. 

What is the most important thing that people can do to help support you and/or your business?

I'm stuck answering this question, because I don't know if I can ask for any more. The community has been so amazing to me and my business. 

What changes do you hope to see in a post-quarantine world?

I hope for more unity. 

We're so glad to have you in Woodstock, Efran!  Let's all keep working hard to support one another as we begin to explore our new future - together.  

Staying at Home in Woodstock - Red Kite Candy

 

Today we are delighted to share our interview with Caila McCabe of Red Kite Candy.   

*If you're just finding our "Staying at Home in Woodstock" series, welcome! During the COVID-19 crisis, we are connecting with local businesses, entrepreneurs, and non-profits to help encourage and support one another through this difficult time.  Please contact us directly if you would like to be featured!*

 

Who are you and where do you live?

I’m Caila McCabe and I live in Thetford, VT.

What do you do? For how long have you been doing it?

I’m the Brand Manager at Red Kite Candy. I’ve been in this role for 2 years now, but involved in the family business for about 6 years.

How has your life and livelihood changed in the time of Covid-19?

Most of the ways our lives have changed are things everyone recognizes, like worrying about older friends and family members, and changing shopping habits. We washing all of our deliveries now, only family members are allowed in to our facility…but when put in perspective, I’m mostly grateful for what hasn’t changed.

What is the most important thing that people can do to help support you and/or your business?

Place an order online at redkitecandy.com. Right now, for every purchase over $25, we’re giving a gift to frontline healthcare workers on your behalf. You can include a message that we’ll handwrite. You can choose from several hospitals who have agreed to receive and distribute these gifts. Especially with Mother’s Day coming up, this is a great time to give a gift because it will instantly generate another gift to a healthcare worker.

What changes do you hope to see in a post-quarantine world?

I hope people can keep up this bootstrapping spirit. Not all of these problems or opportunities will go away with the virus. There’s always a need for innovation, compassion, and just making the most of each day. 

Thank you, Caila! We love your bootstrapping spirit, and we're thankful for everyone who makes this world a little sweeter.  

Staying at Home in Woodstock - Unicorn

 

Today, we are interviewing Jeffrey Kahn, owner of one of Woodstock's most iconic shops - UNICORN

*If you're just finding our "Staying at Home in Woodstock" series, welcome! During the COVID-19 crisis, we are connecting with local businesses, entrepreneurs, and non-profits to help encourage and support one another through this difficult time.  Please contact us directly if you would like to be featured.*

 

Who are you and where do you live?

Jeffrey Kahn.....I live in beautiful Woodstock, Vt.

(Note: Not Woodstock!)

What do you do? For how long have you been doing it? 

I own and operate UNICORN, an eclectic gift store, which I opened in 1978 - so, for 42 years.

How has your life and livelihood changed in the time of Covid-19?

My life has fluctuated between Groundhog Day (the movie) and The Twilight Zone in the time of covid-19. My livelihood has diminished to a trickle.

What is the most important thing that people can do to help support you and/or your business?

If people would like to help there are a few avenues, all of which start with a call to UNICORN at (802)457-2480. You  can purchase a gift card for eventual use, or I can take you on a virtual tour of the store via FaceTime, which can be a lot of fun (no charge for my commentary). We offer shipping and curbside service (you can knock at the door and I'll hand you a bag - but you can't come in!). You can view a lot of our videos @unicornvt on Instagram and Facebook. I'm generally in the store Mon-Sat from 9:30 to 5 these days, so please call or leave a message and I'll call back - I get lonely here!

What changes do you hope to see in a post-quarantine world?

In a post-quarantine world I expect folks hands will remain a lot cleaner and people will be more careful about getting into tight places with lots of faces. I also hope we develop a deeper appreciation for how fragile and valuable our lives are and perhaps we can transfer that same appreciation to our precious planet and governments start to take healing our planet more seriously and urgently.

Thank you, Jeffrey - we couldn't agree more.  Here's to that post-quarantine world! 

*All photos from UNICORN

Staying at Home in Woodstock - Heart Rock Kitchen

 

Today, we interviewed one of Woodstock's most beloved caterers, Claire Mayock of Heart Rock Kitchen!  

*If you're just finding our "Staying at Home in Woodstock" series, welcome! During the COVID-19 crisis, we are connecting with local businesses, entrepreneurs, and non-profits to help encourage and support one another through this difficult time.  Please contact us directly if you would like to be featured.*

 

Who are you and where do you live?

Claire Mayock, South Woodstock

What do you do? 

I have a catering business and an event and restaurant space in Woodstock - Heart Rock Kitchen

How has your life and livelihood changed in the time of Covid-19?

My last event was on March 14th before the closing of restaurants and the Shelter in Place order was issued. Since then all but two of my events have been cancelled or postponed through the month of August. At this point, even when we are allowed to reopen, the social distancing order and limited number of patrons allowed in the building at once will severely limit the types of events I can book.

What is the most important thing that people can do to help support you and/or your business?

Woodstock is a unique place. I feel so fortunate to live in an area where it is easy to go outside, take a walk, work in the garden, and have fresh, local produce and markets available. People are kind, caring and supportive. I am so appreciative of all those who reached out to check on me and ask if there is anything they can do to help. 

What changes do you hope to see in a post-quarantine world? 

My hope is that when we are allowed to reopen and we move towards a new normal, as a community, we will continue to support our local businesses as now more than ever we have seen how vital they are.

Claire, we can't wait to attend your next event or a Wednesday Night Dinner!  Until then, visit Claire's website to plan a post-covid celebration!