Yankee Magazine “Best of New England” – May/June 2016
Spotlight: Northwest Hills, BEST ARTISTS’ COMMUNITY:
“A dozen years after Jean Paul and Eva Blachere began repurposing a 19th-century brick sock factory, its wood floors gleam, sunlight spills through 6-over-6 windows, and a critical mass of artists, craftspeople, and creative entrepreneurs makes this a one-of-a-kind shopping destination. The 52 studios’ hours vary; time your visit for ‘Third Sundays‘ to view demonstrations and meet most on-site artisans, like gourd carver Jeanne Morningstar Kent.” – Yankee Magazine, May/June 2016
This historic Whiting Mills building has been turned into studios for dozens of master artists, photographers, wood workers and cabinet makers, craftspeople, unique shops for quilting, hobby store (miniature railroad), and gallery. Winsted, settled in 1750, was one of the first mill towns in Connecticut. In the late 1800s Winsted Hosiery was a small manufacturer of men’s hosiery and occupied 2 red brick industrial buildings and a stone building on Whiting Street. The company later expanded its products and became the largest hosiery manufacturer in Connecticut. Whiting Mills, LLC was established in June of 2004 when Jean Paul and Eva Blachere purchased the 135,000 sq ft complex. It is to be the future home of the nationally acclaimed American Mural Project.