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Did you ever dream of owning your own coffee shop, or maybe a small town ice cream parlor?  Sometimes, the key to success comes from the very essence of our dreams, which, in the case for these two profitable listings, may be just outside your own front door.

Properties with residential and commercial opportunities put home and business owners alike on the path to forging a prosperous local business from the comfort of home. Here are two Connecticut residences that have touched the lives of many, not only for their local tasty treats and New England charm, but also their incredibly warm and inviting living environments.

All ice cream enthusiasts will love the lifestyle offered at this restored antique Colonial farmhouse with an attached local ice cream shop known as Main St. Creamery & Cafe, located at 271 Main Street in the historic town of Old Wethersfield, Connecticut.  Southport agent Tim Leary has the listing, which is offered at $1,200,000.

The residence, which was constructed in 1800, offers the qualities of a restored farmhouse attached to an added space built for commercial use.  The construction of 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 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 ten 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—a cherished landmark of the town of Old Wethersfield.

Another sweet tooth can be satisfied at 1 Bridge Street in Kent, Connecticut, where a restored Grand Victorian with matching carriage house once served as home to the successful town chocolate shop known as Belgique Chocolatier.  Kent agents Sharon Hartwick and Ira Goldspiel have the listing, which is offered at $649,000.

The renovated landmark buildings, which were constructed in 1898, are situated on .44 acres of pristine land and gardens.  The three-story main house is approximately 3,600 square feet, and boasts a basement complete with a 2,500-bottle wine cellar.  Additional features include intricate oak moldings and hardwood floors throughout, period radiators, pocket doors, as well as many other well-maintained original details.  While still displaying its historic value, the residence is fully up-to-date with all new electrics and mechanicals including central air on the first floor.  The home’s third level offers space and amenities suitable for a large live-in apartment.

The property’s 19th-century carriage house, which was completely redone in 2000, offers 1,500 square feet of space with two floors, propane heat, central air and a half bath.  The main floor has French doors and large windows, in addition to tiled walls, cobblestone floors and a parking space for 15 cars.

Belgique Chocolatier was a highly rated chocolate shop run by Belgian business owners, was featured in The New York Times as well as The Boston Globe, and was best known for its artisan Belgian chocolates, authentic Belgian hot chocolate with fresh whipped cream, Madeleine cakes, and handmade ice cream.

In either case, no present or future homeowner can deny the truth of living the “sweet life” at these two unique commercial homes.

For more information on 271 Main Street, visit our firm’s website here, or contact Tim Leary by email at, or by phone at 203.307.4363. 

For more information on 1 Bridge Street, click here, or contact Sharon Hartwick by email at, or by phone at 860.927.7723. You can also contact Ira Goldspiel by email at, or by phone at 860.927.7724.

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