“Platform 9 ¾? But, Hagrid, there must be a mistake.
This says Platform 9 ¾. There’s no such thing. Is there?”

2014-01-17 22.54.51-2A visit to the Velvet Mill in Stonington is an adventure: Climb a set of stairs to find an art gallery in a soaring space… turn down a hallway and walk by an Asian-inspired clothing shop and a photography studio with a shoot in progress.
2014-01-17 22.52.35-2Follow your nose to freshly-brewed coffee and still-warm sticky buns at Zest Bakery. Fall in with the crowd and land yourself at the Beer’d Brewing Company for a sample of Bumper Crop Imperial Farmhouse IPA or Midnight Oil Oatmeal Stout.
20131101-2013-11-01 03.04.31-Edit-2In imagining an old mill enjoying a second life as a retail space, you might picture any number of polished, coordinated, brick-wall-and-wooden-floor type malls.

The large and rambling Velvet Mill in Stonington is decidedly not that.

This is a far more hip, sexy, and Brooklyn-esque space.
2014-01-17 23.26.57-2In your wanderings, you may pass a boat shrink wrapped for winter storage, a closed-door art studio imploring you to keep out, or dead-end in unlit hallways under renovation.

The Velvet Mill is home to an extremely diverse lot of businesses and artists working in a variety of disciplines, including painting, mixed media, glassblowing, jewelry, photography and ceramics. The place is authentic and alive with the work of creative people.

There is the feeling that if you explore long enough, you might discover something magical here… but perhaps never can find the way back to it a second time!
2014-01-17 23.25.21-2The Velvet Mill also hosts the Winter Stonington Village Farmers’ Market Saturdays 10-1 through the end of April… and we recommend this as the perfect time to visit!
2014-01-17 23.27.37-2It’s one of the state’s best winter farmers’ markets, and a stop on the CT Farmers’ Market Trail, drawing more than 20 excellent farmers, food producers, and artisans.
2014-01-17 23.21.11Shop for locally-grown and handmade foods: Seasonal and greenhouse veggies and fruits like salad greens, apples, microgreens, sprouts, spinach, carrots, bok choy, kale, onions, garlic and squash;
2014-01-17 23.19.23-2…shitake and oyster mushrooms, cheeses, fresh baked breads and pies, jams, honey, maple syrup, pasture raised meats, eggs, corn meal and homemade soup, pot pies and other prepared foods.
2014-01-17 23.07.34-2The market is open every Saturday, 10-1, at the Velvet Mill, 22 Bayview Avenue, Stonington.
2014-01-17 23.15.06-2Regular vendors include:

Iris Creek Farm
Maggie’s Farm
Aiki-Farms
Dragon’s Blood Elixir
Davis Farm
18th Century Purity Farm
Highland Thistle Farm
Paul’s Pasta
Sugar Maple Farm
Stonyledge Farm
Flatland Alpacas
Two Dogs Baking
Meadow Stone Farm
Shayna B & the Pickle
Beaver Brook Farm
Beltane Farm
Studio Farm Products
Summer Hill Catering

2014-01-17 23.11.11-2These Velvet Mill businesses are open during farmers’ market hours:
Zest Bakery
Beer’d Brewing Company
Poor Morgan
Charter Oak Scanning
Raku Studios
Susan Higgins Photography
Four Star Frame Shop
Dennis Sirrine – Painting
Indo Chic
Velvet Mill Yoga
Mystic Knotwork
Derma Faire (soaps/lotions/jewelry)
Spirit Wind Center for Creativity and Healing
Artistic Journeys – A Fiber Arts Journey
Haley Lynn Smith Contemporary Designs
KOH Art/Design
Prescient Studios – Glass Blowing
Fiber Arts
Black Star Studio
Interior Connections – Space Planning and Interior Design
Michael Sullo – School of Fine Art
Annie Wildey – Painting/Printmaking
Wendy Fox van Harwegen den Breems – Hibu Google Marketing
Presscott Paper Cranes – Prints/Original Art Work