The fabulous and fantastic brand new restaurant, Grove, opened this past week. The restaurant is part of the Briar Barn Inn, spa, and art gallery complex, which is located at 101 Main Street in Rowley. I was invited to attend a soft opening by my friend Sarah Boucher, Briar Barn Inn’s Director of Sales and Marketing, and had the joy of sharing breakfast with her charming husband Jeff and their adorable daughter Cordelia.
The country-style restaurant is simply beyond gorgeous, with soaring post and beam ceilings and natural light spilling in all around. The beautiful light fixtures create a warm, ambient glow and the furnishings are an inviting mix of modern comfort with Swedish farmhouse style and country French.
The space is not only open for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and brunch, but is ideally perfect for small to mid-sized weddings, as well as a host of events including company meetings and parties. And the staff is wonderfully kid friendly, too 🙂
If you have ever attended a wedding or special event at Willowdale Estate, then you know of their renowned catering team and how exquisitely delicious is the fare. Chef Ben Lightbody, Willowdale’s Executive Chef, is also the Executive Chef at Grove, and he has created an outstanding menu.
I really don’t need to say more, but just in case you have never sampled Willowdale’s offerings, Grove’s French toast, with cinnamon crème anglaise, is the best French toast I have ever had, and I make really good French toast. The outer layer was a thin perfectly butter browned crust, while the bread was moist and tender inside. The cinnamon crème anglaise was pure perfection and the candied pecans made for a wonderfully crunchy counterpoint. I cannot wait to bring my family and try lunch and dinner!
The partners have been busy planning for 2018 and held their last meeting at Village Market / Sandwich & Coffe Shop in Essex, one of the newest local establishments to join this award-winning and Chronicle WCVB Channel 5 recommended trail: “Woman Owned Businesses along the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway”.
MEET Village Market Essex, MA
Village Market / Sandwich & Coffee Shop, 978-768-0001, 1 Martin St. Essex Ma. 01929 (On the corner of Rt133/Rt.22, across from the Essex Post Office)
“Owners Patricia Wright along with her Mom, Laura opened the Village Market Coffee shop almost 3 years ago. They are open 7 Days a week Monday – Saturday 7am-3pm and Sunday 8am-1pm. Their baked goods are made fresh daily with a wonderful asst. of flavors. They also have some amazing baked cookies and scones. I had a blueberry scone , OMG yummy. So moist and fresh. They have wonderful home made soups and great comfort food lunches packed and ready to take out. I enjoyed the atmosphere and talked to many of the people in the coffee shop. What a wonderful local friendly vibe. I have attached photos of their menus and learned that they also do small platters. They feature Boars Head deli meats and also use fresh breads and rolls from our own Virgilio’s in Gloucester MA. We are thrilled to Welcome the Village Market Coffee shop to our Trail Map “Woman” Owned Businesses on the Essex Coastal Byway.” Here is a link to their Facebook page
(All Photos this post credit- Pauline Bresnahan)
MEET Barbara Breaker owner of The Barn at Todd Farm Rowley Ma
Barbara opened November 2014. Shop is open Wed. – Sun. Year round Hours are Wed. Thru Sun 10:30 to 5. Sunday morning opening at 8 when Todd Farm Sunday Flea Market runs April – November. Always open by appointment. “The focus of the shop is Antique, Vintage, Craft, and Handmade. I opened the shop because I fell in love with the beautiful 2,000. Sq.Ft. Restored historic Barn and wanted to start my own business after years of experience working for other talented business owners. The timing was perfect! We are a group of 12 dealers and artists in the shop. I run and manage the daily business. I enjoy being part of the creative expression of others and want to promote and support their growth and success both creatively and financially. The Todd Farm Flea Market has been running for 50 yrs and is an important part of the Rowley community. My shop offers a reflection of that experience in a unique way. We are hosting a Spring Open House Saturday, May 5th.” Like is on Facebook and Follow us on Instagram
Co-founders Pauline Bresnahan wrote the nice introductions for the new members and took the photographs. She did not include a note for her own business, but I will! Pauline’s Gifts will open April 17, 2018, at 11am for her 19th season. Spring days and hours: open Tuesday-Friday 11-6 and Saturdays 11-5.
COMING SOON: Don’t miss the Mother’s Day special SPRING event they’ve planned – May 5 & 12- “Moms are Everything”! They are planning a Woman Owned Businesses along the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway Farm to Home event in August and a Woman Owned Businesses along the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway Helping Our Woman Veterans Event during September, along with special days during Essex National Heritage’s annual Trails and Sails weekends.
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Local women retailers and colleagues from Gloucester, Essex, Ipswich and Rowley met early last spring about working together to market their businesses. These street level shops represent 4 cities and towns, and share a regional ‘Main Street’ – Route 133/1A, part of the gorgeous 90 mile Essex Coastal Scenic Byway. The new Woman Owned Businesses Along The Essex Coastal Scenic Byway brochure will be in stores before Labor Day. I’ll re-post with higher resolution images and final copy when it’s unveiled. While you’re exploring this contemporary woman owned businesses trail, don’t miss the fantastic historic exhibition The Women of Essex – Stories to Share show sponsored by the Essex Historical Society and Shipbuilding Museum, on display on the 3rd Floor of the Essex Town Hall and Library, 30 Martin Street (Route 22), Essex.