More than a Market

Inside Out Block 2

The Lebanese community in Burlington was tight knit, connected not just by culture but also by ancestral roots. Many arrived from the same mountain villages and found the lush Green Mountains a comforting reminder of home. Some men traveled back to Lebanon and returned with wives. Such was the case of George D. “Georgie” George and Isabelle Faddoul, owners of George’s Market at 38 Pearl Street.

There were formal clubs like the Ladies of Mount Lebanon, but visiting was the favored way to socialize. For the first generation, this was a chance to spend time with those of shared language and culture. George’s Market was a welcoming place for the Lebanese community. Georgie George hosted potluck suppers, providing the meat kababs at the center of the meal.