Spirits Rise, Timber Falls In Lamoille County Economy
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Spirits Rise, Timber Falls In Lamoille County Economy

In the eight years since selling its first bottle of vodka, Smugglers’ Notch Distillery has expanded to include lines of rum, gin, bourbon and whiskey. Next week Smugglers’ Notch Distillery plans a ribbon cutting celebration for its new space in Jeffersonville. It’s a prime example of ongoing economic changes in Lamoille County, as the forestry industry is replaced with businesses fueled by tourism. Audio from this story will be posted. When Bell-Gates Lumber shuttered its doors about two decades ago, it left a large void in the middle of Jeffersonville. Today the land is owned by the village, and most of the sawmill infrastructure has come down. What is left is two concrete silos that have been turned into public art murals and, across the road, the lumber company’s former office and machine shop. Now that building houses Smugglers’ Notch Distillery , and its retail shop and tasting room. Ron and Jeremy Elliott, a father-and-son team, moved their business there in 2009. Smugglers’ Notch Distillery has outgrown its current space, which is part of the old Bell-Gates Lumber Company. It’s new, bigger, space is also a former timber industry business in Jeffersonville. "I’m the chemistry guy, the production side, […]

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