Refurbishing vintage properties into new businesses

STONINGTON, Conn. (WTNH) — They were outdated, underutilized vintage properties in Connecticut and now they have come back to life.

A farm that dates back to the 1600s, which was also the site of a 1940s era airplane hanger, has become Saltwater Farm Vineyard in Stonington. A 1950s gas station near downtown Mystic is about to open as a coffee and wine bar restaurant called MBar. Both are owned by Michael and Merrily Connery, who had a deep love for Connecticut.

“The walls are still cinder block, the floor is still, although some of them are newer, they are cement, and they brought a lot of wood and some metal to try to complement and soften some of the really hard elements, but not try to transition a gas station into something that it isn’t. Just embracing what it is,” said Jessica Maloney.

“They saw that there was 108 acres for sale in Stonington, right on the water and had this vintage airplane hanger on it and they were just intrigued. We do about 70 weddings a year. We have a lot of happy couples at Saltwater Farm, but we also do tastings five days a week,” said Maloney.

Click for more information on M-Bar and Saltwater Farm Vineyard.

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