rupert village trust
Home of the Sheldon Store Community Center and Cafe
All Indoor Activities at the Sheldon Store are Suspended Until Further Notice due to Covid-19
in order to comply with the advice of health officials and keep our community safe.
Work in the Garden
Gardening outside in small groups is a way to gather in a safe and healthy way. We are working to establish a peaceful place to sit or chat at a safe distance when weather permits. You are welcome to come to enjoy the outdoor space.
Please e-mail us if you would like to help out with maintenance.
Café Operator Search
The Rupert Village Trust is now seeking a person to operate the café that will eventually be installed on the main floor. If you are interested in partnering with us, please e-mail us for the prospectus. Letters of inquiry are due by June 19. Full proposals are due July 24.
The Rupert Village Trust is a newly formed nonprofit organization whose mission is historic preservation and community development in the Designated Village Center of Rupert Vermont. Our first major goal is to create a community center and café in the historic Sheldon General Store. With no other casual gathering place in town, we believe that this project will pioneer a trend towards social and economic vitality and a greater sense of community in Rupert.
The Historic Sheldon Store
By saving this historically significant structure and making it open to the public, the Sheldon Store can once again be a community hub, facilitating conversations and shared activities with neighbors, friends, and visitors. The upstairs, once the grange hall, is perfect for yoga classes, workshops, presentations, and music jams. We can display the work of local artists, facilitate exhibitions of the Historical Society, offer additional space for library functions. The store is directly adjacent to the Rupert Town Green, now in the planning stages, making it a natural extension of this community space.
We are now offering yoga classes twice a week in the upstairs space. Wednesdays 9 - 10 am and Fridays 8 - 9 am.
The Rupert Village Trust will ultimately lease space to an independent café operator, continue to schedule events and programs, and implement a comprehensive marketing plan to assure that the café has the best possible chance of long-term success. We will be sending out a Request for Proposals to find a café operator who can partner with us and work towards shared goals.
In the meantime, we are inviting everyone to share the space with us on Wednesday and Saturday mornings!