And the winner is… Kathy Shackett wins Shelburne Biz Quiz

Shelburne resident Kathy Shackett, center, was awarded a gift basket from the Shelburne Supermarket by Store Manager Bob Burke, left, and Biz Quiz organizer and Planning Commissioner Ann Hogan, right, for her winning entry in the Shelburne Biz Quiz. There are 648 businesses in Shelburne; Kathy’s guess was 640.
Shelburne resident Kathy Shackett, center, was awarded a gift basket from the Shelburne Supermarket by Store Manager Bob Burke, left, and Biz Quiz organizer and Planning Commissioner Ann Hogan, right, for her winning entry in the Shelburne Biz Quiz. There are 648 businesses in Shelburne; Kathy’s guess was 640.

By Ann L. Hogan,

Planning Commissioner

The Shelburne Biz Quiz contest winner is Kathy Shackett of Wild Ginger Lane. A wide range of answers was submitted, from 30 to 3,500! Kathy’s winning guess was 640. A big thank you to Kathy and to everyone who played the game guessing the number of businesses in Shelburne.

I organized a local group to compile a list of businesses presumed to be active in Shelburne. We met between August and October, using all the lists we could find, by driving around town, and by gleaning news sources including the Shelburne News and Front Porch Forum. The total number on the list as of midnight, Nov. 6 was 648.

Kathy was very excited when she received the call informing her that she had won. She said she asked her husband to take a guess when she read about the contest in the paper. Then she said, “Too low, I’m going high.” Kathy said she had begun to notice small, one-person offices and services around the town. The beauty of that observation is in contrast with her prior experience of 30 years as a software engineer with IBM, the largest employer in the state of Vermont.

On Friday, Nov. 7, Kathy was awarded her prize for the closest guess, a beautiful gift basket of Shelburne products donated by the Shelburne Supermarket. It was filled with Ginger Jack from Shelburne Orchards, a spice tin from Teeny Tiny Spice Co. of Vermont, an OBread Baguette, Shelburne Farms Cheddar, honey from Silcox Apiary, granola from Adventures in Granola, a program of nonprofit Partners in Adventures, and an Onari Art greeting card.

In addition, gifts were donated by three other Shelburne enterprises: chocolates from Studio Cacao, three paperback books by Shelburne authors from Wind Ridge Publishing, and a charming wooden cow from Nova Natural Toys.

Kathy’s face lit up when she spotted the cow, “I grew up on a farm in Charlotte.”

In addition to the list of Shelburne businesses, Ann Hogan and her committee are compiling a map of their locations. The map and list will be posted on the Shelburne Town website in the near future. Stay tuned for more information.