Corporate Lawyers go Cottage Industry

Talk about life style change! Robert & Kara Brooks, husband & wife, ages 50 & 34 respectively, left corporate litigation behind to open Still River Cafe in Eastford, Connecticut. Turning a 150 year old barn on 27 acres deep in the Connecticut countryside into a "jewel box operation", they are noted for growing their own organic produce and using local sources for their meat, fish and poultry. I have a special place in my heart for this gem of a restaurant. Not only is it an inspiration for me on my quest to start my own business, but I was married there last summer - to the man of my dreams I might add - and it was the perfect place for me to celebrate a new beginning!

Heidi Howard - another Eastford, Connecticut entrepreneur!

31 comments:

stephanie levy said...

Hi Marie Louise,

Beautiful photos on your blog - and very inspirational posts! I love the banner photo - where was it taken?

Keep in touch!

Krissy said...

gorgeous! sounds wonderful!

Marie Louise said...

Stephanie - the banner is just something I found online. Having lived there, I suspect it is the countryside in England - although I am pretending it is New England because parts of Connecticut (where I live) are just as bucolic. I'm curious, how did you end up in Munich. I was an ex-pat for ten years myself.

Marie Louise said...

Krissy - I've been to St. Louis, but only to the airport. They've got the "Spirit of St. Louis" there. I do work for an upscale national restaurant chain and there is a location in St. Louis. They call it "Clayton" - is that a part of town?

Jen said...

This is so gorgeous! I would love to have a special meal or event there. You are a lucky girl!!!

THanks for stopping by my blog. Glad it lead you down the track to your family. :)

Robin said...

A such a lovely day, are we going back en masse to celebrate your anniversary? (and you forgot to mention that the food is fab-u-lous!)

annechovie said...

Beautiful place! Love your wedding picture also....

Brack's Photo A Day said...

Hi Marie Louise and thanks so much for commenting on my photos. It's a little bit complicated how I create them but not too much. It basically involves flippling them around in photoshop. Anyway, thanks again and best of luck! And that 212 degree nonsense is some serious bs! Who thinks up that foolishness. :)

Mrs.French said...

I love stories like this...makes me feel like anything is possible. What a truly romantic place to get married.

My lovely cottage said...

What a beautiful place!! and like mrs. french said, a very romantic place to marry indeed. It is so much fun to find people with the same intrest from all over the world through our blogs.
take care. yvonne

Ginene said...

Wow that is beautiful and congratulations on your marriage! To answer your question it took me almost 2 years but what you made in 2 weeks beat what I made my first few months. LOL!

Lydee said...

Mmmm...what a lovely place!

Elements of Style said...

My parents live right near here and have taken me here twice- it's an amazing space in such a small, unassuming town. Delighted to find it mentioned!

lotta said...

Hi Marie Louise,
What an inspiring story and wonderful place! Thank you for visiting my blog the other day I am so glad I found yours.

One man gathers what another man spills... said...

Marie Louise,
I want to go there, looks beautiful. I wish there were more places like this... what a good place for a wedding.
Ps. that cupcake looks yummy.
-Lucie

brookeahanadaily said...

I'm just loving the treats! Thanks for the comment on my blog - good luck with your tagging....I've gotten no response from when I passed it on darn it!

Jan said...

Marie, that is a slice of heaven. Thanks so much for sharing that inspiring story. I love when people
follow their dreams and go through a change and improve their lives for the better. Oh it makes me want to do that sometimes. Just lovely.

Jan

Marie Louise said...

Robin - yes we must go back for the first anniversary! And what is the first? Paper? I'm going to be ancient before I work my way up to anything good!

emily@designsmack said...

Gorgeous!! Love your banner :)

Maryam in Marrakesh said...

What a gorgeous photo of the two of you! And that table is swoon-worthy

littlebyRD said...

It is stunning! What a beautiful place for a wedding.I love the last photo of the cake. Congratulations on your marriage of almost 1 year!

Marie Louise said...

Thanks for writing everyone. It was a wonderful place for a wedding. We did it on a Sunday afternoon after their weekly brunch and had the place to ourselves.
The cupcake was carrot cake with cream cheese frosting and the chocolate lollipops in the background where made of cheese cake. Heaven!

Janelle said...

Oh, what a beautiful place. I want to come and eat off those tables.

Thanks for the comment on my blog!! I love visitors and I will be back here for a visit.

acaligurl said...

wonderful post. very nice photo of you!& i like the cupcake!!

Alkemie said...

Marie Louise - the restaurant looks absolutely wonderful! It looks like the perfect place to get married. What a change in career! Looks like they really know what they're doing!

design for mankind. said...

What a beautiful post! I looooooooove your blog!! :)

Star of the East said...

I always love it when old buildings, farms etc get renovated to be such pretty places! Great post, thank you for sharing!

High Desert Diva said...

I'm so glad you found my blog. I've thoroughly enjoyed yours.

{this is glamorous} said...

What a charming, beautiful place, and such a lovely story!

Mélanie said...

I would love to share a diner there

Ann said...

LOVELY pictures. I too adore old houses and think they have such wonderful character. Great post!

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