> Out and About: Mel Madigan

Out and About: Mel Madigan

Out and About: Mel Madigan
The Bean @226 was established on November 28, 2017. 226 Broad St. has history attached with it. For some, people may remember Windsor Pharmacy. For others, they might think of the Windsor Donut Shop run by the Westfort family or its change of hands two more times. Or it could be Nat Hayden's Real Pit Barbecue. The space was left open in 2010 with neighboring business owner, Dr. Stephen D. Lipman, DMD to take over, buy the entire building and create a vision sometime in 2013 of a space that could be used as another business, or another memory to create of that very same location. That space became the swanky 226 Jazz Art Java. It opened in the spring of 2014 and had a two-year run (also receiving a rebrand and new name of The Bean @226) before being bought by Mel Madigan last fall.

Mel Madigan was born and raised in Seattle, WA. She graduated from college with a degree in Business Management. While she was obtaining her degree, Mel worked in various local coffee shops in Washington. Around the same time, when she was eighteen, things began to align for the budding barista. Her parents moved to Connecticut and Mel began to dream of owning her own coffee shop. Mel wanted a change of scenery and moved to the east coast when she was twenty-five, not only to be closer to her mom and dad, but seek new opportunities. She fell in love with Connecticut, autumn and winter weather, which she never experienced in Washington. Upon her move, she took a job with Starbucks and managed it for seven years. Then she worked at a bakery for three years. During that time, she settled in Coventry. After that, she discovered an ad for a former coffee shop that was for sale in Windsor. Mel's dream of owning her own coffee shop was just around the corner.

Two friends of Mel's had been living in Windsor. One was going to show her The Bean, but it had closed at the time. Mel's friend told her, "You should re-open it yourself." Mel thought she was crazy. As luck would have it though, in short time The Bean @226 was up for sale. She had been seeking a slightly different opportunity and different scenery. Before Mel fell in love with Windsor though, she had plans of buying The Bean, its equipment, and moving the business to Colorado. Shelly Lipman, the owner suggested she try reopening The Bean right where it stood. Mel says in amazement, "My whole life literally changed. I was like, "I'd love that.' I didn't know if they wanted the space as an expansion for the dentist's office or something else." Mel completely agreed to take on the business as owner of The Bean @226. She sold her house in Coventry, and fell head over heels for Windsor.

"This town is like amazing! From the diversity to the support. It's a real community I've never felt. I've lived in Manchester, Plainville, West Hartford, and Coventry. But not once have I ever felt the community that Windsor carries." She says of her move, "It all fell into place. It was all kind of meant to be. Its overwhelming joy and happiness."

Mel states that she already loves to do business with fellow bakery/coffee shop, Get Baked and has a very good rapport with owner, Emily. She loves Siam Corner Thai Kitchen & Pho. "I'm there probably three to four times a week." Mel loves the close proximity of everything in town too. Mel is a member of the Chamber of Commerce.

"I feel like Windsor does so much to give back to the community."

Three words that describe Mel: Welcoming. Community. Positive.


Events

Cut the Cord
Sep 24 at Windsor Public Library
Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting
Sep 24 at 97 B Pierson Lane
Iceland Trip Document Night
Sep 24 at Town Hall
Monday Morning Book Club
Sep 24 at Windsor Public Library
Park Here - Fly There
Sep 24 at Hampton Inn located at 2168 Poquonock Avenue • Windsor, CT
Learn to Crochet
Tuesdays at Windsor Public Library
“You Asked For It"
Sep 25 at Chamber office
Your Ancestry DNA Results
Sep 25 at Windsor Historical Society
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Sep 25 at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Sep 26 at Windsor Public Library
Windsor Police Cadets Recognition
Sep 26 at Windsor Town Hall Council Chambers
Fall Yoga at Northwest Park
Sep 27 at Northwest Park, 145 Lang Road, Windsor, CT 0695
Farmers’ Market
Sep 27 at 240 Broad Street
From Jazz to Soul
Sep 27 at Windsor Public Library
Paint Night On the Farm
Sep 27 at Brown's Harvest
Windsor Citizens Academy
Sep 27 at Various Town of Windsor faciliities
Ray of Hope Celebration Bash
Sep 28 at The North House 1 Nod Road Avon, CT 06001
Maple To Table Fundraising Dinner
Sep 28 at Northwest Park
$5 after 5pm Saturdays in September
Sep 29 at The Tavern at Keney Park
Home Alone Safety Class
Sep 29 at 330 WIndsor Avenue Community Center
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Socktober - winter sock collection
thru December at Windsor Social Services, LP Wilson Community Center, 599 Matianuck Avenue
Learn to Crochet
Tuesdays at Windsor Public Library
Still Young Book Club
Oct 2 at Tunxis Grill, 3 Tunxis Avenue
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Oct 2 at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Oct 3 at Windsor Public Library
Heritage Brick Installation
Oct 3 at Brick Patio at Central Street
Windsor Business Connections
1st Wednesday unless noted
Fall Yoga at Northwest Park
Oct 4 at Northwest Park, 145 Lang Road, Windsor, CT 0695
Farmers’ Market
Oct 4 at 240 Broad Street
Free Genealogy Support Group!
Oct 4 at Windsor Historical Society
Mother - Daughter Circle
Oct 4 at 330 WIndsor Avenue Community Center
Parenting 101
Oct 4 at 330 WIndsor Avenue Community Center
Senior Health Fair/Flu Shot Clinic
Oct 4 at Windsor Sr. Ctr. @ LP Wilson Community Ctr., 599 Matianuck Ave, Windsor, CT
Windsor Citizens Academy
Oct 4 at Various Town of Windsor faciliities
Outdoor Family Movie Night
Oct 5 at Brown's Harvest 1911 Poquonock Ave Windsor
World Smile Day
Oct 5 at Menchie's Frozen Yogurt 1095 Kennedy Road Windsor, CT
Chili Challenge
Oct 6 at Windsor Town Green
Grace Church Rummage & Bake Sale
Oct 6 at 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Windsor Lions Fall Craft Fair
Oct 6 at Town Greene
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Art Demonstration by Sharon Kokay
Oct 9 at L.P. Wilson Community Center
Essential Oils 101
Oct 9 at Windsor Public Library
Learn to Crochet
Tuesdays at Windsor Public Library
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Oct 9 at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
YPW Meeting
2nd Tuesdays at 261 Broad Street, Windsor
1918 Spanish Flu & future epidemics
Oct 10 at Windsor Historical Society
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Oct 10 at Windsor Public Library
Ukulele for Beginners-B
Oct 10 at Windsor High School J113
Alzheimer's Support Group
2nd Thursdays at Kimberly Hall North
Anthem Coffee Social
Oct 11 at Windsor Senior Center, 599 Matianuck Avenue, Windsor, CT
Fall Yoga at Northwest Park
Oct 11 at Northwest Park, 145 Lang Road, Windsor, CT 0695
Farmers’ Market
Oct 11 at 240 Broad Street
Mother - Daughter Circle
Oct 11 at 330 WIndsor Avenue Community Center
Parenting 101
Oct 11 at 330 WIndsor Avenue Community Center
Windsor Citizens Academy
Oct 11 at Various Town of Windsor faciliities
"You Asked For It"
Oct 11 at Chamber office
Young Professional's Escape Room
Oct 12 at AdventurEscape Room in Windsor Locks
ARC Babysitters Training Class
Oct 13 at 330 WIndsor Avenue Community Center
Choose your own adventure sale
Oct 14 at House of books and games
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Healthy Minds
Oct 16 at Windsor Public Library
Learn to Crochet
Tuesdays at Windsor Public Library
Magic of Communication
Oct 16 at Windsor Public Library
Vlogging 101: Vlog like a superstar
Oct 16 at Windsor Community Television at LP Wilson Community Center
Windsor Junior Woman's Club Meeting
Oct 16 at Union Street Tavern in Windsor Center
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Oct 16 at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Oct 17 at Windsor Public Library
You Asked For It
Oct 17 at Chamber office
Fall Yoga at Northwest Park
Oct 18 at Northwest Park, 145 Lang Road, Windsor, CT 0695
Farmers’ Market
Oct 18 at 240 Broad Street
Mother - Daughter Circle
Oct 18 at 330 WIndsor Avenue Community Center
Parenting 101
Oct 18 at 330 WIndsor Avenue Community Center
Windsor Citizens Academy
Oct 18 at Various Town of Windsor faciliities
Flashlight Maze
Oct 19 at Browns Harvest 1911 Poquonock Ave Windsor
Wine & Whiskey Tasting
Oct 19 at The Tavern at Keney Park
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Cut the Cord
Oct 22 at Windsor Public Library
Monday Morning Book Club
Oct 22 at Windsor Public Library
Color Odyssey
Oct 23 at Windsor Public Library
Healthy Minds
Oct 23 at Windsor Public Library
Learn to Crochet
Tuesdays at Windsor Public Library
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Oct 23 at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Oct 24 at Windsor Public Library
Candidates Night
Oct 24 at Windsor Town Hall
Park Here - Fly There
Oct 24 at Hampton Inn located at 2168 Poquonock Avenue • Windsor, CT
Mother - Daughter Circle
Oct 25 at 330 WIndsor Avenue Community Center
Parenting 101
Oct 25 at 330 WIndsor Avenue Community Center
Silk'n Sounds
Oct 25 at Windsor Public Library
Windsor Citizens Academy
Oct 25 at Various Town of Windsor faciliities
Flashlight Maze
Oct 26 at Browns Harvest 1911 Poquonock Ave Windsor
Color Odyssey
Oct 27 at Windsor Public Library
Flashlight Maze
Oct 27 at Browns Harvest 1911 Poquonock Ave Windsor
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Credit Score Lunch and Learn
Oct 30 at 360 Federal Credit Union
Healthy Minds
Oct 30 at Windsor Public Library
Learn to Crochet
Tuesdays at Windsor Public Library
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Oct 30 at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
MEDICARE Changes for 2019
Oct 31 at LP Wilson Community Center, All Purpose One Room
Nightmare on Broad Street
Oct 31 at Windsor Town Center
Mother - Daughter Circle
Nov 1 at 330 WIndsor Avenue Community Center
Parenting 101
Nov 1 at 330 WIndsor Avenue Community Center
Windsor Citizens Academy
Nov 1 at Various Town of Windsor faciliities
St. Gabriel School Open House
Nov 4 at St. Gabriel School 77 Bloomfield Ave. Windsor
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Fencing Class
Nov 5 at LP Wilson Community Center
Healthy Minds
Nov 6 at Windsor Public Library
Learn to Crochet
Tuesdays at Windsor Public Library
Still Young Book Club
Nov 6 at Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Ave
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Nov 6 at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Fencing Class
Nov 7 at LP Wilson Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Nov 7 at Windsor Public Library
Windsor Business Connections
1st Wednesday unless noted
Alzheimer's Support Group
2nd Thursdays at Kimberly Hall North
Mother - Daughter Circle
Nov 8 at 330 WIndsor Avenue Community Center
Parenting 101
Nov 8 at 330 WIndsor Avenue Community Center
Cook book sale
Nov 11 at 1073 Palisado Ave
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Fencing Class
Nov 12 at LP Wilson Community Center
Essential Oils: Winter Immune Suppo
Nov 13 at Windsor Public Library
Healthy Minds
Nov 13 at Windsor Public Library
Learn to Crochet
Tuesdays at Windsor Public Library
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Nov 13 at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
YPW Meeting
2nd Tuesdays at 261 Broad Street, Windsor
Fencing Class
Nov 14 at LP Wilson Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Nov 14 at Windsor Public Library
Ukulele for Beginners-B
Nov 14 at Windsor High School J113
Mother - Daughter Circle
Nov 15 at 330 WIndsor Avenue Community Center
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Fencing Class
Nov 19 at LP Wilson Community Center
Learn to Crochet
Tuesdays at Windsor Public Library
Windsor Junior Woman's Club Meeting
Nov 20 at Union Street Tavern in Windsor Center
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Nov 20 at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Fencing Class
Nov 21 at LP Wilson Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Nov 21 at Windsor Public Library