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The business owners of Main Street in Stafford Springs are living their American Dreams.  The entrepreneurial energy will make you want to give up your day job and set up shop.  At the helm is Jacob Harrison Long, who two years ago re-opened the Warren textile mill, bringing the brand of American Woolen to the market place.  American Woolen Company is now producing the highest quality worsted and woolen fabrics...and if I'm not mistaken, it's the only one producing at this caliber in the US, right here in Stafford Springs.  Not only is Jacob fulfilling a mission, but brought a dream back to a town that, like many, had lost a piece of history.

What brought me to Stafford Springs?  My daughter, meticulously planning her American Dream, was interning at American Woolen and with a secret passion for the history of mills, I decided to venture out to take a look around. 


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I started my day at Middle Ground Cafe, where the wifi and coffee were strong.  Sitting just inside that far right window, I found myself staring across the street at Rustology and after a great bowl of soup at lunch time, headed out onto Main Street. For both picker and serious collector, Rustology is a two story collection of organized chaos.  Items are creatively displayed so that at every glance there is wimsy with a whiff of nostalgia. 

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Further up the street I met two bright and energetic women operating adjacent vintage boutiques.  The first, Windowbox Boutique, contained a tasteful collection of  new and vintage home, garden and personal items.  The second, Three Graces Vintage, contained clothing from your favorite era with accessories abounding.  I found shop owner, Lisa Zelonka, engrossed in conversation with a patron when I entered, which quickly included me.  Loving what she does everyday, she could only recommend "follow your passion!" 

I saved the best for last...Sabor44  With a love for olive oil and balsamic vinaigrette, I ventured into Luis Valentin's olive oil tap room.  I received an impressive tour and tasting of the offerings, and after much deliberation chose chocolate raspberry balsamic vinaigrette.  During my time at Sabor44, I learned that Luis's passion for olive oil started in childhood and while working in quality control for years elsewhere, he planned and saved to pursue his goal to open Sabor44.  Take one look at Luis, and you know he is living his American Dream.  
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A day in Stafford Springs is revitalizing and reminds us to do what we love and we will definitely end up loving what we do!  I've taken this advice to heart with the launch of EXTRA DAY.  

 


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