There’s nothing like enjoying a good, old-fashioned ice cream cone surrounded by the charm of New England. Imagine the postcard perfect scene—neighbors, children and visitors all uniting for the simplicity of this favorite American pastime treat. Whether it is in the form of a classic vanilla cone, or an extravagant swish chocolate almond sundae, the refreshing quality of an afternoon ice cream outing is exactly what embodies the delicious tastes and charismatic atmosphere of Main St. Creamery & Cafe, located at 271 Main Street in the historic town of Old Wethersfield, Conn. Southport agent Tim Leary has the listing, which is offered at $1,200,000.
The residence, which was constructed in 1800, is a restored farmhouse attached to an added space built for commercial use. This addition seamlessly blends with the antique qualities of the house, maintaining the historic integrity of the property with the use of original windows from the farmhouse as part of the ice cream shop. Replicas of the original beams found in the residence were also used in this expansion, with six visible beams on the porch that match the home’s original structure.
Main St. Creamery & Cafe, established in the year 2000, is known for its locally sourced ice cream, which offers over 30 unique flavors including Swiss Chocolate Almond, Butter Pecan, Maple Walnut and more. The property is now a profitable Old Wethersfield town landmark, where creator and owner Paula Faye Rubinow has built a wonderful lifestyle among history, community and of course, ice cream. Rubinow laughingly reveals her initial dislike for anything and everything cold, recalling that ice cream was the furthest thing from her mind when contemplating the start of a new business.
Rubinow was born in Middletown, Conn., where her traveling musician father eventually settled down to became a New York-style deli owner. She describes her past as being greatly influenced by a European lifestyle after her years of being a foreign exchange student, studying and working abroad. No matter what exciting new challenge she took on, though, Rubinow found herself continually venturing back to Connecticut, drawn to her father’s small business and her desire to do something more creative with her life. Stumbling upon Old Wethersfield, with its wide sidewalks, numerous bikers, historic quality and overall inviting atmosphere, she discovered the perfect solution to this back-and-forth existence, allowing her to pursue her dreams in an environment that looked and felt like Europe. 271 Main Street was love at first sight for Rubinow. Despite her longstanding desire to open her own bakery, the walls of this historic farmhouse screamed for ice cream. And the rest is history. The business, which was voted one of Connecticut’s Top Ice Cream Shops by Hartford Magazine in July 2012, operates eight months per year.
The residential part of the house features restored traditional qualities and styles in each of its ten rooms and three full baths. The home’s most recent addition, completed approximately four years ago, includes a spacious, multi-purpose room, which can be rented out for parties and group events. A detached three-car garage completes this lifestyle property.
“There is quite a story behind this property,” said Leary. “The home not only offers a unique, old-world, New England charm, but it also contains years of genuine love and care. The current owner clearly put much effort and thought into maintaining the antique qualities of the property, while also expanding it to reach its full potential and touch as many people in the community as possible. I am excited to see what its next adventure will be, and am honored to be representing such a cherished landmark in the town of Old Wethersfield.”
“I wanted to create something beyond a business,” said Rubinow. “I wanted people to feel at home, not at a place where they are just a number. Everybody in Old Wethersfield has supported my little shop from day one, and for that I am truly grateful.”
Rubinow looks back on her time in Old Wethersfield with nothing but fond memories. After 14 years of living in this beautiful home surrounded by a great business, loyal customers and a tremendous community that resembles one big, loving family, Rubinow is ready to move on to her next adventure.
“I didn’t know how much happiness an ice cream cone could give someone,” said Rubinow. “I watch their troubles just melt away. It really is so simple—if everyone could live the life I’ve built here, the world would be such a better place.”
Any ice cream lover would agree—ice cream really does make the world a better (and tastier) place!