Powers Market’s big debut β€” and there’s groceries, too! | Business

Powers Market's big debut β€” and there's groceries, too!  |  Business

NORTH BENNINGTON β€” Powers Market is now open seven days a week, serving take-and-bake meals, pastries (like peach pies and quiches) and cold food items that are made in-house.

Prepared foods are made with locally sourced vegetables from Mighty Food Farm, Clearbrook and True Love farms, as well as grocery items like local sourdough, kombucha and milk.

β€œWe’re making take-and-bake meals to take home on Mondays, when there’s not a restaurant in town open,” says Sarah Kipper, store manager. β€œSeven days a week seems like the right way to run a store.”

Nick Disorda and Lani DePonte-Disorda, current co-owners, envisioned a revival of the grocery aspect of the store, after talking with community members.

β€œPowers has gone through a lot of different phases throughout history. That’s something that we’re trying to bring back,” says Kipper.

The market has been a community staple, as the first grocery store in Vermont, dating back to 1833.

β€œWe’ve been asking people, ‘What do you remember about Powers?’ Old and young. ‘What do you want to see here?’” says Kipper.

Turns out people want nostalgic items, like rotisserie chickens and free samples from the big wheel of cheese.

Speaking of samples β€” there’s free popcorn and donuts on Sundays.

While the Banner sat down with Kipper to discuss the market’s mission, a few school-aged children sprang into the market. They called β€œSarah!” and bee-lined straight over to give her hugs. β€œIt’s good to see you, sister,” she responded.

Community is at the forefront of Powers’ mission.

β€œMy favorite part so far is getting to know people and being here with them. Everyone needs dinner, and everyone wants to shop local.”

Nadia Lucchin and her two kids, Gia and Gemma Murphy, were joined by their friend Eleanor Radocchia. Lucchin and her family used to live on the Bennington College campus, but recently moved around the corner from the market.

β€œWe love it. I feel like we are going to do all our shopping here,” Lucchin said.

The market is planning to explore options to be able to offer EBT and WIC purchases to make fresh foods available to everyone in the community. Currently, the owners are keeping prices as reasonable as possible.

β€œI’m still trying to figure out the deposits on milk,” says Kipper. Battenkill Creamery uses glass containers; if customers bring back their container, they can get a $1.50 discount.

Other plans include expanding prepared food offerings β€” sandwiches, warm soups, pasta dishes and perhaps a salad bar by the fall, and ice cream and creemees next summer.

β€œWe’re still growing every day, I’m still putting in big orders and trying to fill [the store] with things that people want,” says Kipper.

Powers is hiring and welcomes applications.

β€œIt’s a really nice environment,” says Sadie Korzec, a front-of-house staff member who recently graduated from Mount Anthony Union High School. She has worked at Pangea catering at Hildene and will be going off to the University of Vermont for college, but is excited to return in the winter.

When asked about her favorite thing about working at Powers, she cites Clark the dog, an unofficial store mascot.

β€œPeople love to come in and just say ‘hi.’”

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