Uncovering a Cornerstone and Building a New Daily Destination
An Opportunity of a Lifetime in a Community Like No Other
A place to eat, shop, work, stay.
The Stone Mill building at 3 Mill Street is no stranger to change.
In 1789, Stillman Foot built a grist mill, beginning a long history of industrial use. In 1812, recognizing the opportunity and demand for cotton, the mill was converted to support textile production and a large stone structure almost identical to the present-day building was added. Fires in 1825 and 1836 led to the building being reconstructed in 1840 and is the same building we see today. Born as an industrial cornerstone, The Stone Mill has acted as our community’s mirror of transformation for over 230 years.
With sheep abundant in Addison County, wool had become the favored fabric and the Middlebury Manufacturing Company was born. In 1890, change struck again, and The Stone Mill responded. Its next occupant, The Middlebury Electric Company, using the power of the falls, generated the current allowing the town to convert streetlights from kerosene to electric. Despite fires continuing to plague the building, the stone shell remained intact and allowed the building to stand. Decades of continuous change proceeded. Today, The Stone Mill, as it has in the past, will once again reflect our community’s next iteration.
In October of 2017, after more than 40 years of combined business experience leading organizations through change, Mary Cullinane and Stacey Rainey left corporate America to start Community Barn Ventures, in downtown Middlebury. With a vision to support the evolution of small businesses and communities in rural Vermont and beyond, Community Barn Ventures provides a variety of advisory services to its clients and participates in the local and regional discourse. The Stone Mill Re-Development Project represents a significant opportunity to energize greater Middlebury and demonstrate the power of a carefully curated, mixed-use building design, and community engagement.
The Mad Taco
Every building needs a strong foundation. The Stone Mill has one of the strongest. Found embedded into the banks of Otter Creek, supporting the businesses above is The Mad Taco restaurant. With Locations in Waitsfield, Montpelier and Essex, Mad Taco offers exceptionally inspired and creative Latin cuisine. Patrons can enjoy farm fresh ingredients, the best craft beers available from Vermont and the New England region and a staff that is eager to please. With outdoor seating and a family friendly environment, The Mad Taco is Middlebury's newest destination in a downtown known to offer great food and friendly service.
The Stone Mill Public Market
The Stone Mill Public Market provides hard goods and prepared food businesses the opportunity to participate in the greater Middlebury retail market without the daily burden of managing labor and point of sale needs. In a highly curated environment, the market will become a new daily destination for residents and visitors, offering a place to gather, shop, and purchase items ranging from gifts to dinner. Market businesses leverage a shared point of sale and personnel, minimizing the costs of entering the Middlebury market. The new approach to retail looks to demonstrate how a Connected Commerce and Community Framework can help revitalize our rural downtowns.
The Stone Mill @Work
Vermont is home to many sole practitioners, remote workers, writers, researchers and other professionals who call their home their office. While convenient, this solution can be isolating and lacks the necessary infrastructure and community support.
The Stone Mill @Work offers members a modern work environment and a community of thinkers, makers and doers. With great food and services in the same building, this new co-working space is a critical component of our Connected Commerce and Connected Community Framework.
The Rooms at the Stone Mill
Sitting atop of it all are four newly renovated lodging units, distinctively decorated by Slate Home Designs of Burlington. Outfitted with modern furnishings, en suite bathrooms, cathedral ceilings, and much more. With their downtown location, these units offer visitors a unique way to experience Vermont and the greater Champlain Valley region. Footsteps from Middlebury College, local restaurants, Town Hall Theater, and Main Street shopping, staying here means you are in the middle of it all! Reserve your room today!