The Stone Mill

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About The Stone Mill

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 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 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!


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 @ 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.