Trading their Georgia roots and corporate careers for Jamestown, Stephanie and Lindsay Haigh set out to add their own flair to the Village Hearth Bakery & Cafe. These new owners have a clear vision in mind: kneading local, seasonal, high-quality ingredients into every hand-crafted delicacy at the bakery, which is accented with rustic-modern renovations. The Haighs are excited to share their style, a blend of New England and Southern flavors, with locals while keeping alive some of the 19-year-old bakery’s traditions, like Sunday Pizza Night.
An updated menu will include new favorites like Lindsay’s Bourbon Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies, more kid’s meals and made-to-order items, bags of whole bean coffee, beer from local breweries, and gluten-free breads. A BLT sandwich with shiitake bacon is perfect for vegan eaters, and Stephanie’s favorite, the Roast Beef Sandwich, adorned with arugula and onions, features house-made horseradish sauce. With a prix fixe reservation-only dinner series in the works for this summer and a cozy new interior to satisfy all eaters, the Haighs are dedicated to serving a village. -Maia Correll
Hazy Day makes a great Belgian witbier, but is less ideal when it comes to the atmosphere – which is why Grey Sail is capturing the waste carbon dioxide emissions produced in the process of brewing and reusing it to carbonate their beer. The first craft brewery in Rhode Island to take on this green initiative, owners Alan and Jennifer Brinton teamed up with Earthly Lab to implement carbon technology to help keep the atmosphere clean and contribute to the state’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 45 percent by 2035.
“As a local business in a coastal community, we are committed to doing what we can to reduce our carbon footprint in all aspects of our operation,” says Alan. “This investment in Earthly Labs technology allows us to reap environmental benefits from brewing great beer.” So while you’re sipping a Captain’s Daughter at Grey Sail’s beer garden or taproom this Earth Day, you can feel confident the only haze you’ll find is in a refreshing IPA. -Abbie Lahmers
Both Green Line Apothecary and Caf Bar are setting their sights on new destinations come spring – but thankfully, neither are leaving the central location of Main Street. Established in 2016, Green Line Apothecary is modeled after a classic soda fountain, complete with ice cream sundaes, soda jerks, and full-service pharmacy. New digs down the road on 245 Main Street include a total renovation where details like a restored vintage fountain ensure an authentic, transportive experience to a different time. Double the original’s size, the new building is also outfitted to better serve customers, whether you’re filling a prescription or hankering for a chocolate shake.
Meanwhile, if you’ve felt avocado toast and fresh smoothie withdrawal while they’ve been away – don’t worry, Caf Bar will be embellishing lattes with artful swirls of cream only a half mile away on 396 Main. Also known for their hospitality and service, the team is excited to welcome customers into their new home, where you can still find a menu made up of healthy, whole foods and sustainable ingredients. -Abbie Lahmers