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Merck Forest & Farmland Center
Nestled in the hills of southern Vermont , where simplicity gathers with history and charm …
Experience the heart of Dorset , Vermont .

Dorset Union Store

Offering specialty Vermont products , prepared food , baked goods , craft beer and much more !
31 Church Street , Dorset , VT 802-867-4400
Merck Forest & Farmland Center ’ s 3,200 acre landscape inspires - all year long , all the time . Come enjoy our 30 miles of trails - great for snowshoeing , x country skiing , enjoying the farm animals . Just 10 minutes from the Dorset Green .
Open daily from dawn to dusk . 3270 Route 315 , Rupert • merckforest . org • 802-394-7836
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to Canada to help manage an acquisition merger with a smaller company . In 2002 , Addington returned to Japan , where he worked in finance for the next seven years . During his second stint in Japan , Addington landed a job running the equity-listed derivative business for a large multinational banking group .
In 2005 , Addington and his wife , Chie , purchased a house in Southern Vermont while they were still living in Japan . Addington says that his decision to purchase a property in Vermont was largely influenced by the time he had spent visiting his friends in Londonderry and Peru during his high school years in Massachusetts . “ I have a lot of great memories from visiting my friends in Vermont that have really stuck with me ,” says Addington . “ It ’ s an incredibly beautiful place that ’ s not quite like anywhere else in the world .” In 2011 , they made the decision to move full time to Vermont . “ We ’ ve found it to be a fantastic place to live and raise children .”
After moving to Vermont , Addington left the field of global finance . He then turned his attention towards several entrepreneurial startup projects , including the Ferrisburgh , Vermont-based bar accessory business BarTule . Addington says when he shifted his focus from working in global finance to working in the field of consumer products as a startup investor , it allowed him to get comfortable with the inner workings of the retail trade and the food and hospitality business . That knowledge paid off down the line when he eventually became the CEO of TÖST several years later .
When Addington came back to America from Japan , he also noticed a stark disparity between the number of non-alcoholic beverages that were offered in both countries . “ I was always amazed at the wide range of beverages that they had in Japan ,” notes Addington . “ If you walked into a corner store in Japan a decade ago , you would see thirty
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