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More in store for 'new' Saugatuck: Gourmet Market to open soon

Published 1:34 pm, Saturday, September 7, 2013

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  • Michelle Weber at the Railroad Place location of her Cocoa Michelle, working with an employee to organize a display case. She will soon open her Gourmet Market and cafe in the new Saugatuck Center on Riverside Avenue. WESTPORT NEWS, CT 9/7/13 Photo: Todd Tracy / Westport News contributed
    Michelle Weber at the Railroad Place location of her Cocoa Michelle, working with an employee to organize a display case. She will soon open her Gourmet Market and cafe in the new Saugatuck Center on Riverside Avenue. WESTPORT NEWS, CT 9/7/13 Photo: Todd Tracy

 

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More proof that it's not your grandfather's Saugatuck anymore.

Michelle Weber, Westport resident and owner of Cocoa Michelle at 54 Railroad Place, will soon open her new Gourmet Market at 580 Riverside Ave. in the imposing, new Saugatuck Center developed by the Gault family.

Large custom-built food cases have arrived. The stained and polished concrete floors are finished. The mango wood slab for the bar is installed.

Weber is nearly ready to open her new market-cafe, but has yet to officially set the date.

The business is poised to be the heart and soul of the "new" Saugatuck, according to plans.

"I am very excited, but a little bit frustrated because of the holdups, everything is just about ready," she told the Westport News.

Weber has a hands-on management style and knows customers by name. Her chocolate and coffee shop next to the train station has been hugely successful over the past six years.

She describes her new enterprise as, "Two concepts under one roof," and "Taste the difference is our tag line."

"A market with prepared foods and an international selection of more than 40 cheeses. Grab-and-go food, sandwiches, salad, fresh-made pastas, milk eggs, butter, bread, begets from the city and fresh vegetables, fruits as well. Along with a great selection of olive oils, jams and cookies. Also your basics, toilet paper and paper towels," Weber explained of the inventory.

"The other side is the cafe -- breakfast, lunch and brunch; full service with a liquor license."

She has hired Molly Brandt to be the chef.

The market will be open till at least 8:30 p.m., and will employ between 10 to 15 people. Lunch ends around 3:30 p.m.. The cafe, however, will not be open for dinner.

For information, contact info@cocoamichelle.com or call the store at 203-221-0020.