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Heard on the Street: Kids’ Clothing Store Coming

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New Children’s Store to Open in September

A store named Minikin, offering children’s clothing, décor, and heirloom wooden toys, is set to open in September at 30 State Street, the former location of Cocoa Bean, according to owner Kelly Tackett. She said the store will carry a variety of items, with “a lot of European toys and clothing brands.” The clothing will be for newborns through 14-year-olds.

The shop will have a small play area for children, Tackett said. “Renovations will be underway soon, but I don’t plan to open until September when my kids go back to school,” she said.

Cocoa Bean of Vermont, which makes gourmet handmade chocolates, is moving its manufacturing from Montpelier to Northfield and will be back in production in the fall, according to its website.

Community National Bank May Move Montpelier Office

No zoning applications have been submitted, but it appears plans are in the works to make changes to the former Associated Industries of Vermont building at 99 State Street in Montpelier that would allow it to be used as a bank again. The building once housed Vermont Federal Savings and Loan.

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Malone Properties submitted a “circulation review” plan, available on the city website, as part of a Development Review Board review of plans by Thom Lauzon to build a new office building and bank at 105 State Street. The Malone plan shows cars using a teller window on the west side of 99 State Street. Currently, there is an outside drive-up ATM run by Community National Bank just north of the existing teller window formerly used by Vermont Federal.

Montpelier Zoning Administrator Meredith Crandall said she has had correspondence indicating Malone Properties would like to move the ATM inside and begin using the teller window again.

Community National Bank’s Montpelier branch, currently located at 95 State Street, is reportedly planning to move to the new location some time before the end of the year.