- Sally Pollak
- Kevin Clayton
Village Wine and Coffee will more than double in size when owner Kevin Clayton expands into the space adjoining the café at 5288 Shelburne Road in Shelburne.
Clayton said he's drawing up plans to take over the quarters left vacant last spring by the closure of antique shop Michelle Holland Interiors (aka Patina Antiques & Home Furnishings). He expects to complete renovations and fill both sides of the building — wine store on the north side, coffee shop on the south — by spring 2018.
The design calls for breaking through an interior wall to create access to both sides of the shop from within, while retaining two entrances from the outside. The coffee shop, which serves drinks and pastries and has some half dozen tables, will spread out to fill the existing space. The wine retail shop will move into the former antique store, Clayton said. He will create a third space in the back of the building, where he'll host wine-related events and display local art.
"There are so many people who are interested in learning about wine," Clayton said. "We want to do it without pretense."
The brick building in the center of the Shelburne Village Historic District dates back to 1857 and originally housed a grocery store. Clayton, who opened his shop there in 2005, said he's interested in maintaining and building his community-based business.
"In terms of cash, we get by," he said. "But in terms of human capital, we're very wealthy."