Freebie Friday Collaborations!

There are many fantastic businesses that we have collaborated with for our Freebie Friday Giveaways (Spring 2022- Fall 2023)! We want to highlight each business in a blog format so you can learn more about them! Feel free DM us on Instagram (@uvmbored) if you have any businesses you would want us to collaborate with in the future.

Rosie’s Confections and Market:

We collaborated with Rosie’s for Valentine this year and gave away a box of chocolate. They were originally in Winooski, but switched to be a online shop. Rosie’s is owned and run by women and values thoughtfulness, sustainability, fair wages, and quality of life. They employ direct trade practices for sourcing food and make sure to source sustainably and ethically. They sell amazing chocolates, coffee, pastries, ice cream, cupcakes, and more!

Metro Rock VT:

Metro Rock has many locations throughout VT, and we were so happy to collaborate with them and give away some day passes! They are frequented by the climbing team and other rock climbers for a fantastic experience. They are located in Essex Junction, VT, and hope you check them out soon.

The Café HOT:

This breakfast brunch hotspot opened up August 2021 and is a favorite as it was featured in our 10 Restaurants To Try This Year Blog and has been highlighted plenty on our Instagram. We were fortunate to collaborate with them a 4 times since they opened! They have excellent baked goods and breakfast sandwiches! It is a must-try downtown!

Flynn Center:

Right on main Street, the Flynn center is where you can catch fantastic music, shows, comedy acts, and more. We worked with Flynn several times to showcase some music events. Recently their musical tickets became available, so if you are interested in checking out a show for the weekend, we suggest the Flynn!

UVM Greenhouse:

Did you know that UVM has a Greenhouse? Well, they have a fantastic variety of plants you can get for your door room, garden, or apartment! They have many sales throughout the semester, so keep an eye out on their Instagram for those days! You can also walk around the greenhouse while they are open, see some fantastic plant varieties and get some relaxing and happy plant vibes. If you don’t have time to check out the greenhouse, you can buy some of their plants at Cat Pause!

Vermont Comedy Club and Happy Place Café :

With many laughs, bring hungry stomachs! We worked with the Vermont Comedy Club’s Happy Place Cafe 2 times and Vermont Comedy Club 3 times. They gave us a gift card, student discounts, tickets, merchandise, and more! They have coffee, mocktails, salads, sandwiches, donuts, and more! Also, they occasionally have drag brunches, so keep your eyes posted on their Instagram and website!

Wild Lark:

Need candles, plants, mushroom growing kits, totes, and more? Wild Lark can be you’re go-to more than a “little urban jungle” campus! They are located on Church street and have so much to offer.  If you want to relax with some botanical products, they also have fantastic bath and body products.

Home & Garden Vermont:

This family-run shop is adorable and can fulfill all of your environmentally friendly home product dreams. They have products you can use daily in your home and on the go! Need door mates, they got recycled plastic door mates. Need plastic bags? They got Stasher reusable bags in all sizes. Need flowers? They got beautiful floral bouquets that will be amazing in any room! Keep an eye out on their Instagram for sales of their unique products!

Aqua VitTea:

Vermont Kombucha and Seltzers, oh me, oh my! Aqua ViTea is a Vermont product through and through focused on sustainability and unique flavors. They are centered in Middlebury and sell Aqua ViTea all over campus! We were lucky to work with them and to drink some of their kombuchas. Some flavors include elderflower, blueberry social, peach out, pineapple lemonade, and ginger!

Kestrel Coffee Roasters:

Coffee Coffee Buzz Buzz Buzz! We are grateful that Kestrel Coffee has worked with Bored and Campus programs! The owners are dedicated to heightening the coffee experience and want people to learn about the coffee process. They just opened up a second location on pine street, so if you need caffeine, they are a great place to go!


What do festivals, crystals, art, and the environment all have in common? The ability to center you! Tailfeather’s mission is to support artists and designers while bringing people beautiful and sustainable clothing, jewelry, and art. They have collaborated with us and given us the perfect biodegradable glitter for any festivity!

Common Deer:

Common Deer can be your Vermont souvenir gift shop of choice! They pride themselves on only selling things that are American Made and have a great map in store of where some of the companies and artists are from. They have anything you can think of, whether you buy browse or peek your head in!

Shelburne Farms:

We were so excited tp collaborate with Shelburne Farms  as they have amazing trails, events such as cheese making tours, gardens, and their plentiful farm store! They are a great place to stop if you ever want to get out of Burlington!

Shy Guy Gelato:

Their gelato is out of this world if you make it down to Saint Paul Street! Shy Guy makes there gelato in house everyday with a rotation of so many delicious flavors such as black forest cake, creamy mango, rice pudding, dark chocolate sorbet, strawberry rhubarb and more (check out their instagram to see the flavors of the day)! Make sure to get a punch card when you get there when you go as after 9 scoops, the 10th one is free!

May Day:

Heading for the North End for this one, May Day is a must try! Their chef Mojo Hancy-Davis was nominated for Best Chef Northeast by James Beard Foundation in 2023! They are focused on bringing the best of VT farms, orchards, and more to diners. Their menu changes weekly, and can be found on their website! Keep and eye out on their instagram as well for special events such as brunch, special chef’s, or a party!

Vintage Inspired Market:

To Thrift or not to Thrift? The Vintage Inspired Market has some amazing things from art, jewelry, furniture, fun finds, and clothes. They are now located on Dorset Street so stop by and say hello and search for the perfect gift or yourself or others!

Morning Light Bakery:

We love this Winooski based business as they have the best buns, boba, desserts, and more! We started to work with Morning Light this year and they have been a Bored Favorite! Check their instagram from some sweet updates!

Pitchfork Pickle:

Ferment me this! Have you ever wanted to each tons of pickles, kimchi, slaw, and more? Well, Pitchfork Pickle might be your spot to do so. They have a farm and make ferments all year long located inside the soda plant. You can find their products at local supermarkets such as City Market Co-op, Jake’s One Market, Healthy Living and more!

Bolton Valley:

This collaborator has activities you can go to all year long! They are located about 35 minutes away from campus can you can go to them for all of your skiing, snowboarding, back country, mountain biking, hiking and more needs! We even collaborated with them for our Going to the Slopes 101 blog in the winter! Definitely check them and their club Bolton Babe Force for events, deals, classes, community and more!

Always Full Market:

Just head to South Burlington for this special market! Always Full is a UVM Alumni owned business that sells Asian groceries, snack, and drinks to the Burlington area! They have produce, frozen items like dumplings, meals, and hotpot additives, snack, buns, all the insta noodles you could dream of and more!

Asiana House:

Yum Yum, Sushi in my Tum! We loved working with the eatery in January and they have a variety of food on their menu include soup dumplings, fried rice, sushi, miso soup and more! They are located conveniently downtown and are open every day of the week except Monday. This is a great spot for hanging with friend or family and they also have some great takeout as well!

Higher Ground:

Can you hear the music? I know I can and it is coming from Higher Ground! Higher Ground is a local music venue in Burlington serving up great tunes for students and the community. We love having their events on our website so show them some love and go listen to some fun tunes!

Eastern Mountain Sports:

Outdoors Galore! Eastern Mountain Sports reopen back in South Burlington in December 2022 and they have all the all of the camping, climbing, biking gear, clothing and more all in one place! Also, student can get a 10% discount on every purchase when showing a valid student ID. Saves money while explore what you want to do outdoors, a Win Win!

The Great Escape Burlington:

Escape Boredom with this fun spot downtown! The Great Escape Room brings you the opportunity to solve puzzles against the master clock. The Bored Team did our retreat there this past year and complete the Final Seance Room and had the best time! They are perfect for a weekend activity for any season so check then out!

UVM Department of Theatre and Dance:

La la la la! We love  UVM Theatre and Dance as they put on some many fantastic shows and programing all throughout each semester including plays, musicals, dance performances and more! Keep an eye out on there website to see what shows they have planned.

Pizzeria Verità:

Wood fire Napoleon style pizza in Burlington transports you right to Italy! They are a wonderful and delicious women owned business in downtown Burlington and they have creative pizzas, salads, appetizers, and more. Also, they do Buy One Get One FREE margherita pizza deal on Wednesdays (this includes delivery too)!

Reuben James (aka RJs):

Wings, trivia, sports and more what a great sounding place! Reuben James affectionately known as RJs is Burlington’s Favorite sports bar that serves up sandwiches, fries, drinks, and more. They also have events all throughout the week including Bingo, Karaoke, fundraising nights, and Trivia Tuesday.

Eat Vermont:

Lets revolutionize the food system! We were very excited when Eat Vermont reach out to us as they are connect everyone together in the food system across Vermont. The work with farms, small businesses, restaurants, and more to combine all elements of what makes the VT food scene great! Need to find a job, go to their instagram every month to see which businesses across the state are hiring. Want to find new spots to eat, check them out as well to find a diversity of options!


WND&WVS is Burlington’s premier Stand Up Paddle (SUP), water sports lifestyle, and boutique clothing retailer. Whether you’re looking to get into any sport powered by wind and/or wave, or just simply looking to style yourself in some new threads, they have got you covered! Come check out their brand new store where our knowledgeable staff is happy to help with your shopping experience.⁠ ⁠

The Sand Box:

SandBox is an extension of WND &WVS focused on sustainable fashion, clothing repairs, and classes. They have workshops that members of the community can participate in such as eco-dying, block printing, screen printing, intro hand & machine sewing, and more!


Plink! is an electrolyte drink tablet company based out of Burlington and was created with the goal of creating a more eco-conscious way to get flavored drinks to people. Their award-winning and they focus on joyful hydration! You can find them in grocery stores around the Burlington area including even 2 spots on the UVM Campus!

Burlington Bagel Bakery:

They are serving up 4X BORED AWARD winning bagels and we can confirm they are delicious! They have so many locations around the Burlington area including on Church Street and in South Burlington and Essex Junction.⁠ Some of our favorites include there Lumberjack, the New Yorker, and the Triple B!

Adventure Dinner:

Adventure Dinner is a collaborative event company that dreams up and hosts unique food and drink experiences in unexpected places around Vermont. They have almost weekly events that will knock you tastebuds off and you can find them at The South End Get Down in the Summer!

Sarom’s Cafe:

Head over to Winnoski for this delicious spot! They are family owned cafe offering a variety of freshly made Vietnamese Banh Mis, Spring Rolls, rice & noodle bowls, Phin-dripped Coffees & other beverages, sweet treats, and more! Their menu also includes specials such as flavorful sambusas, and classics such as Vietnamese fried rice, stews, and curries! The ambiance of the cafe is also great for studying, doing school work, or grabbing food with friends.

City Market Co-op:

City Market Co-op is a community owned grocery market with two locations in Burlington, one in downtown Burlington and the other in South Burlington! They sell local, organic, and conventional foods and tons of Vermont made products, like some of the snack in this giveaway! They also have community based classes and events as well!

Vivid Coffee Roasters: 

This coffee shop is downtown on Cherry Street, and not only do they serve and roast delicious coffee, but they are also soccer fanatics (check their instagram for events updates)! They also have tea, sandwiches, pastries, and affogatos! You can watch soccer while there, chat with friends, or work on that really one essay that is loaming. The space is super welcoming and there are tons of seats in the front and back where you can work! A special thing to note is that Vivid sources their beans sustainability and closely working with small farmers and communities from Kenya, Colombia, Mexico, Honduras and more! 

Scout & Co:

They three locations in the area: Winooski, the South End, and in the Old North End! These coffee shops are perfect for long late afternoon study sessions as they are open until 5pm Mon-Thurs, and open until 6pm Fri-Sun. Not to mention that they curate their coffee by working with a majority of BIPOC roasters across the country that source their beans from small farms! They also have delicious pastries made in house (my favorite is the apple + almond Danish and the cardamon bun) every day that you can much on while you work!