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Plenty of Potential on West Street

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Jessi Travers loves her downtown building at 146 West Street and it shows. Although she rents the space that is home to her consignment clothing business, Unlimited Potential, that hasn’t stopped Travers from investing in its future and the future of her business.

Thanks in part to a recent grant from the Downtown Rutland Partnership, Travers made a number of improvements since starting her business last year. The projects that she has tackled, with help from her family and friends, are numerous. They include: putting up a new awning and signage, replacing doors, painting the facade a welcoming shade of green and improving the insulation.

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“I’m excited,” said Travers. “It’s crazy to look back and see all of the differences.”

Consultations with Efficiency Vermont helped her to prioritize tasks and learn about the best approaches to keep the space warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. That way, Travers, her staff and her customers can be more comfortable in a building that dates back to 1865.

Outside, Travers cleaned up the back area, planted flowers and had a small mural painted. Its where many of her customers are able to park and drop off clothing for consignment. She has transformed a once uninviting area into a clean and welcoming space.

As she sorts through a bag of clothing and admires an antique mirror that just arrived for the shop, it’s clear that Travers embodies the name of her business and sees unlimited potential all around her.

Unlimited Potential is the fourth business to receive a grant from the Downtown Rutland Partnership this year. Others include the soon to be opened The Escape Room, Amber Sprott Boutique and Strangefellows Pub. To learn more about our grant program, visit: downtownrutland.com/grant-application.