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USA Today calls communities of less than 25,000 with boutiques, art galleries, and farmers markets "the perfect destinations for some retail therapy." The publication has selected ten such communities to compete in USA Today's Best Small Towns for Shopping contest.  

And while these types of promotions are standard content for magazines and prominent publications, as they say, any publicity is good publicity, and Montpelier is getting plenty of it as one of the nominees.  

Voting is open until noon on Monday, October 25, with the winners announced on November 5. As of now, Montpelier leads the pack ahead of some pretty swanky shopping towns like Sedona, Arizona, Carmel-by-the-Sea, and another Vermont gem, Woodstock.  

USA Today describes Montpelier as a pedestrian-friendly downtown shopping district steps from the Vermont State House – a neighborhood packed with shops, antique stores, and restaurants. 

Anyone can vote daily through October 25!