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Featured Business Series: Pingala Cafe

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

In the spirit of spring, Redstone has decided to start fresh features of some of our tenants.  These business owners have contributed to the culture and economy of Vermont in significant ways, and we are glad to be able to provide them with the space they need to do their work.

I sat down with Trevor Sullivan last week to see what he’s done with the space he leased through Redstone at the Chace Mill.  We sat out on the deck in front of Pingala Cafe which, at three in the afternoon, was still busy with people eating late lunches or just grabbing a drink and relaxing in the sun.  From our seats in the corner of the deck, I could see and hear the Winooski River rushing by.

SW: How did you get the idea to start Pingala?

Sullivan: My wife, Julia, teaches at Laughing River yoga, and I’d been going to classes with her, and going to her classes for the last couple years, so I’d been walking past this space and seeing it as this empty construction zone and thinking to myself, that would be a cool place for a café.  So I emailed Redstone, and said ‘I’ve got an idea for the space and if you’re interested I would love to chat’, and then a couple days later Larry [Williams]  and I were in the office talking and I kinda gave him a really quick pitch of what I wanted to do, but not having any definite business plan, but then they said  ‘come back at us with a business plan’ and they basically gave me the opportunity saying if this is something you want to do we’re into it. I spent a lot of time really thinking things out, thinking about the space I wanted to create.

SW: You talk about the energy of the cafe.  What would you say that energy is?

Sullivan: For me it’s like this super-awesome-dream-come-true-how-is-this-really-happening? When Corin from Seven Days wrote about it, she said it was colorful and bubbly. We’re not going for classy and sexy. We just want to be casual.  One of the cool things that made everything come full circle on this space was working on the mural with Tara Gaureau. I stopped her at City Market, she was doing that big beautiful mural there, and I said “if you’re interested, I’ve got a project for you”. We came up with this loosey goosey idea of what it would be. She’s just great to work with. Everyone stops in to check it out.   It’s a big piece of what defines the space. It really speaks to who we are.

Mural by artist Tara Goreau

SW: How so?

Sullivan: I didn’t litter our menu with organic this and organic that, or tomatoes from here and carrots from there. We’re in Vermont and people expect that now, as they should. We [Vermonters] are at the forefront of what it means to harvest and grow food sustainably for local consumption. The mural is a suggestion of what we do, and how we love where we are.

SW: So why vegan food?

Sullivan:  I haven’t been vegan forever, and I haven’t been working with food forever. When I did become vegan, it totally was a game changer. I just became so much more psyched about food and wanted to figure out how to recreate dishes that I loved without really going down the road of mock-fake stuff. The jackfruit is wild, how it behaves like meat. It’s used for our BBQ jack sandwich. We braise it for 24 hours and then let it soak in our BBQ sauce. It gets super tender and just shreds apart. The structural integrity of jackfruit is so similar to meat.

SW: So what about customers who aren’t vegan?

Sullivan: We try to make food on our menu that is for everybody. We’re trying not to make people shy about the vegan thing.  We have one of the hairstylists from Bello, next door, come in every other day for food. She’s not vegan or vegetarian, but she loves it. I think that a good 60 to 70 percent of the people in here aren’t vegan or vegetarian. It’s a cool atmosphere, the view couldn’t get any better, and the sunsets are incredible.

Assorted breakfast treats at Pingala at Chace Mill

Sullivan now runs one of the only strictly vegan cafes in the Burlington area.  Not only has it become a destination cafe for vegans across the state, but it offers food and atmosphere accessible and enjoyable to individuals of all walks of life.

One of the things we love about Sullivan?  He sees past the walls of his cafe.  Quite literally, as the views of the Winooski River dominate the majority of the scenery, but also in respects to the vitality and future of the area.  He hopes to raise enough money to install a sculpture on the Winooski River that embodies much of what Pingala stands for: A woman composed entirely of cutlery in dancer pose.  With only a day and a half left, Sullivan is still looking to raise another thousand dollars for this incredible installation piece.  It would be a great addition to a unique and culturally rich area of Vermont.  For more information, and to donate, check out his kickstarter campaign.

If you haven’t already, head over to Pingala Cafe at the Chace Mill in Burlington.  The Chace Mill is easy to get to by bike or on foot, just a short walk from both Burlington and downtown Winooski.  Make the trip.  Whatever your diet, you’re sure to find something delicious on the menu.




Post and Beam remodeled barn, functional office space in Ferrisburgh

Monday, April 15th, 2013

Boasting the charm of a former barn, space offers 9,800 SF(can be divided) of functional office space. High ceilings, custom remodeled post and beam architecture, lots of natural light, parking for employees and on site signage visible to heavily trafficked Route 7. Space has flexible floor-plan, builder owned and managed. Also has on site additional storage and room to grow and build onto neighboring plot.


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High quality office space in Williston VT (For Sale or Lease)

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013


High quality 66,060 SF building on 6.74 acres, built in 1992.Gateway Zoning District South. Pre-engineered metal building by Steelox Building Systems. Brick exterior with masonry block perimeter. Building height is 14′ at front and 22′-24′ at rear. 15,000 SF office +/- consists of many private single and double offices, conference/training rooms, 6,000 SF temperature controlled manufacturing/viewing room, large kitchen/break room, 30,000 SF stock, production, pack & ship area with a 3,000 SF +/- warehouse and internal dock. Fully sprinklered. Potential to subdivide and provide a lease proposal upon request. Also available for sale.

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291 Hurricane Lane

Green Mountain Imports, LLC

Friday, January 11th, 2013

Doug Nedde represented Catamount Holding  Company in the lease of a 5,000 SF industrial / showroom space located at 740 Marshall Avenue in Williston, VT to Green Mountain Imports, LLC. Pictured from left to right: Pierre Heroux (Green Mountain Imports, LLC), Doug Nedde (Redstone).

WCAX News Features Redstone Hotel Project

Friday, March 16th, 2012

The Redstone Main Street hotel project was featured in the WCAX news story “New Development Plans in Burlington”.

For Lease: Affordable Office Space in Class A Building (Williston, VT)

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

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Meet our Summer Marketing Intern, Azer Avdagic!

Friday, June 24th, 2011

Azer attended Wentworth Institute of Technology during the 2008-2009 academic school year where he studied the fine art of industrial design and architectural studies. He transferred to University of Vermont in the fall of 2009 where he studies Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing. He has a strong work ethic and is a very motivated. He will graduate this upcoming May 2012 and plans to get his MBA in Business Management. We are thrilled to have Azer on board for the summer and hope he will stick around during his senior year at UVM.

Price Reduced: Excellent Riverside Avenue location (Burlington, VT)

Friday, May 20th, 2011

Busy street provides for great visibility and tons of drive by traffic. Stand alone boutique commercial/residential building available with on site parking. Wood flooring, recently painted and upgraded. Space layout consists of large entry area with open floor plan, two private rooms and kitchen and bathroom. Second level has a landing loft area and one private room. Basement provides for storage and laundry hook-ups. Great property for a hair salon, small accounting company, contractor or other small businesses. Currently rented as residential. 24 hour notice for showings. Motivated seller!

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For Sale: Burlington Restaurant

Thursday, May 12th, 2011


College towns like Burlington, VT are hot spots for night life. This well located establishment takes full advantage of this fact. Location, location, location! This place is highly visible and affordable. New Ansul hood system installed 1 year ago.

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Renting in Vermont Getting More Expensive

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

Check out this article in today’s VermontBiz e-newsletter regarding the hight cost of renting in Vermont.  It also provides numbers for median household income and median cost of a home in Vermont.  Numbers were provided by VHFA.