The word “slate” has several meanings. It refers to a building material and a color. The material — a stone that easily splits into flat pieces — is natural; the color is rich. Slate is also the name of a home décor and furnishings shop on Church Street in Burlington. And, for owner Sarah Phaneuf, the word has added significance: It represents a new start, a clean slate.
“It felt fresh,” she said of the name. “We’re doing fun, new things.”
That new start applies to the store owner herself: Three years ago, Phaneuf, 51, moved to Vermont from Arcata, Calif. There she’d founded Baroni Designs, a jewelry business that employed 35 people and worked with artisans in three countries, and opened a home and