Our Road Trip along the Bunny (Williams) Trail!

I’ve long been a fan of Bunny Williams and now I’m happy to call her a friend as well.

As I’m sure many of our readers know, Bunny Williams, the well-known interior designer, is a long-time resident (and big supporter) of Falls Village, CT.  She’s taking her commitment to her town a step further this week when she officially opens “100 Main”, once a long-vacant grocery store in the middle of town.

“Over the many years I have lived in the Northwest corner, I have seen the wonderful work of so many artists and artisans. When we decided to buy the only homely building in our Town of Falls Village, it immediately came to me that this would be a perfect place to open a cooperative and to showcase and sell their work. Thus 100 Main was created.”

Christina van Hengel and Bunny (photo by Anne Day)

With the help of Seth Churchill, a local builder whose work she admired, Bunny totally revitalized the building. Bunny has partnered with Christina van Hengel, a Great Barrington resident, to open and run the store. Van Hengel’s background is in finance and fashion, where she worked for the ethical womenswear collection Maiyet and more recently Harper’s Bazaar.

The welcoming front porch! (photo by Anne Day)

The official opening is Friday, August 9th but I just HAD to see it, so today (Thursday) Drew and I decided to take a little road trip to Falls Village to check it out and Bunny was kind enough to take the time to show us around her new venture. More on that later…

FIRST STOP ON OUR ROAD TRIP – MOUNTAINSIDE CAFE

It was a lovely day so we decided to make a little road trip out of our visit to Falls Village. We were both starving so we stopped at the Mountainside Café...it was right on Rt. 7 on the way to the village. What a wonderful surprise it was!

This charming little cafe is open daily from 7am-3pm. They serve breakfast, lunch and brunch and they have GREAT coffee/espresso drinks plus baked goods. Their farm-to-table menu features dishes created with ingredients from local farmers, growers and producers. The food is delicious!

251 Route 7 South
Falls Village, CT

NEXT STOP…100 MAIN STREET

Bunny was there when we arrived.

The first thing I noticed was the open doors which really made the space so welcoming. Of course, the doors will be well-closed in the winter.  When we entered the space it was so impressive. Beautifully curated…of course, it’s Bunny Williams after all!

Photo by Anne Day

The gorgeous hand-made work of artisans from Connecticut, Massachusetts and New York were beautifully displayed in an open, uncluttered space.

My photos…

I loved everything about “100 Main”. You can feel the sense of appreciation of these local artisans and how much Bunny loves this community. The price range is wide so there’s really something for everyone in this cooperative.  Art, furniture, ceramics, glass, textiles, jewelry and many more wonderful, locally made things…many of them one-of-a-kind!

I wasn’t planning on shopping myself on this day but I couldn’t resist these adorable vintage child’s Osh-Kosh overalls.

Aren’t these the cutest things? Yup…I bought ’em.

By the way…Artisans that are interested in showing their work at 100 Main should reach out to artisans@100mainst.com.

I just know this is going to be a big success for Bunny and Christina. I can’t wait to see how it goes. We’ll be rooting for you both on this wonderful, community-minded venture!!

www.100mainst.com       100 Main Instagram

NEXT STOP? HAMMERTOWN GT. BARRINGTON

If you’re making the trip to Falls Village for the 100 Main opening this weekend and you need a Hammertown fix…just get back on Route 7 and keep going North to Gt. Barrington and and visit our Great Barrington Hammertown store at 15 Bridge Street. We’d love to see you!!

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