Our building circa 1910 (above):
Baldasaro's Fruit Market
Photo courtesy of Rockingham Free Public Library
Our building today (below):
Future home of Rockingham Roasters Bistro and Cafe. Opening December 2019. READ MORE BELOW!
So we bought this 1890 building…
In 2017, we bought this gem of a historic building on The Square in gorgeous Bellows Falls, Vermont. If you haven't explored this architectural wonderland of a town, put it on your to-do list. It's in a fantastic gorge on the Connecticut River along America's first canal.
Shortly after beginning to restore the building, we came to understand how such a thing lives and comes to die. We're telling that story on our Facebook page, “Rockingham Roasters.” Check it out.
So far, we've rebuilt the back wall from the ground up, repointed most of the foundation, put on a new roof and soffit, and fully gutted the inside. We've just begun to install entirely new electrical, plumbing, and heating systems as we reconstruct and reinforce the interior structures. A new concrete basement floor and an exterior paint job are slated for late summer and fall 2018.
If all goes well, we will have our roastery and bistro cafe up and running by late 2019. We need your help. ALL PROFITS from the sale of our coffee go directly to pay for the work on the building. You can get your caffeine fix and help restore the center of downtown at the same time.
We want to give a heartfelt thanks to the State of Vermont Downtown and Village Center Tax Credits Division for awarding us generous tax credits to help pay for some of the restoration work. We can't wait to see this vital piece of the Bellows Falls community come fully back to life.