> 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

Socktober - winter sock collection
thru December at Windsor Social Services, LP Wilson Community Center, 599 Matianuck Avenue
Annual Art Exhibition
thru Nov 29 at Windsor Town Hall
Christmas Cards for Troops
Nov 15 at 330 Windsor Avenue Community Center
Mary's Place Open House
Nov 15 at 6 Poquonock Avenue Windsor, CT 06095
Mother - Daughter Circle
Nov 15 at 330 WIndsor Avenue Community Center
Understanding Video Game Addiction
Nov 15 at Windsor Public Library
Family Paint Night
Nov 16 at 330 Windsor Avenue Community Center
Irene’s Traveling Paint Party
Nov 16 at My Lily of the Valley shop located at 532 1/2 Hopmeadow Rd, Simsbury
Wild Game Dinner
Nov 16 at The Tavern at Keney Park
ACE Hardware Fundraiser
Nov 17 at Windsor ACE Hardware
All you can eat Prime Rib
Saturdays at The Tavern at Keney Park
Coffee Table Books!
Nov 17 at 1073 Palisado Ave
Northwest Park Coffeehouse
Nov 17 at Nature Center at Northwest Park, 145 Lang Road Windsor CT
Storytelling Festival
Nov 17 at Northwest Park, 135 Lang Rd Windsor, CT
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
Tuesdays 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
Tacos and Trivia
Nov 21 at The Tavern at Keney Park
Book signing -local author!
Nov 23 at 1073 Palisado Ave
Full Moon Hike at Northwest Park
Nov 23 at Northwest Park & Nature Center
All you can eat Prime Rib
Saturdays at The Tavern at Keney Park
Georgraphy books!
Nov 24 at 1073 Palisado Ave
Small Business Saturday
Nov 24 at Windsor's Small Businesses
Weekend Workshop: Custom Woods Sign
Nov 24 at Windsor Public Library
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Fencing Class
Nov 26 at LP Wilson Community Center
Mobile Mammography
Nov 26 at LP Wilson Community Center, 599 Matianuck Ave., Windsor, CT 06095
How to Plan and Pay for College
Nov 27 at Windsor Public Library
Learn to Crochet
Tuesdays at Windsor Public Library
Monday Morning Book Club
Nov 27 at Windsor Public Library
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Fencing Class
Nov 28 at LP Wilson Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Nov 28 at Windsor Public Library
Brazilian Jazz - Windsor Art Center
Nov 29 at Windsor Art Center
Festival of Wreaths
Nov 29 at Kimberly Hall North
Modern Calligraphy Workshop
Nov 29 at Windsor Public Library
Christmas at Ellsworth Homestead
Nov 30 at Ellsworth Homestead, 778 Palisado Ave, Windsor
Down South Saturdays
Saturdays at The Tavern at Keney Park
Holiday Gift Card
thru Dec 31 at Menchie's Frozen Yogurt 1095 Kennedy Road Windsor, CT
Brunch with Santa
Dec 2 at The Tavern at Keney Park
Cookies with Santa
Dec 2 at Windsor Fire Station 340 Bloomfield Ave Windsor, Ct 06095
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Fencing Class
Dec 3 at LP Wilson Community Center
Learn to Crochet
Tuesdays at Windsor Public Library
Still Young Book Club
Dec 4 at Union Street Tavern, 20 Union Street
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Fencing Class
Dec 5 at LP Wilson Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Dec 5 at Windsor Public Library
Chasing the Dragon Documentary
Dec 5 at Windsor High School Auditorium 50 Sage Park Road, Windsor CT
Holiday Business Breakfast
Dec 5 at Hartford/Windsor Marriott
Handler & Levesque Joy to the World
Dec 7 at Windsor Art Center, 40 Mechanic St, Windsor, CT
Carol Sing & Torchlight Parade
Dec 8 at Windsor Town Green
Down South Saturdays
Saturdays at The Tavern at Keney Park
Home Alone Safety Class
Dec 8 at 330 Windsor Avenue Community Center
Multicultural Vendor Fair
Dec 8 at 25 Sage Park Road, WIndsor, CT
Sage Park PTO Vendor Fair
Dec 8 at Sage Park Middle School
Windsor Art Ctr Holiday Art & Craft
Dec 8 at Windsor Art Center, 40 Mechanic St, Windsor
WWII book sale
Dec 8 at 1073 Palisado Ave
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Windsor Art Ctr Holiday Art & Craft
Dec 9 at Windsor Art Center, 40 Mechanic St, Windsor
Fencing Class
Dec 10 at LP Wilson Community Center
Holiday Movie
Dec 11 at Windsor Public Library
Learn to Crochet
Tuesdays at Windsor Public Library
Meet Santa & Menchie
Dec 11 at 1095 Kennedy Road Ste, 7B Windsor, CT 06095
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Fencing Class
Dec 12 at LP Wilson Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Dec 12 at Windsor Public Library
Alzheimer's Support Group
2nd Thursdays at Kimberly Hall North
Reading Challenge
Dec 13 at Windsor Public Library
Down South Saturdays
Saturdays 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
Fencing Class
Dec 17 at LP Wilson Community Center
Monday Morning Book Club
Dec 17 at Windsor Public Library
Learn to Crochet
Tuesdays at Windsor Public Library
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Fencing Class
Dec 19 at LP Wilson Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Dec 19 at Windsor Public Library
Ukulele for Beginners-B
Dec 19 at Windsor High School J113
Down South Saturdays
Saturdays 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
Fencing Class
Dec 24 at LP Wilson Community Center
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Fencing Class
Dec 26 at LP Wilson Community Center
Down South Saturdays
Saturdays 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
Fencing Class
Dec 31 at LP Wilson Community Center
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Fencing Class
Jan 2, 2019 at LP Wilson Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Jan 2, 2019 at Windsor Public Library
Windsor Business Connections
1st Wednesday unless noted
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Fencing Class
Jan 7, 2019 at LP Wilson Community Center
Learn to Crochet
Jan 8, 2019
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
YPW Meeting
2nd Tuesdays at 261 Broad Street, Windsor
Fencing Class
Jan 9, 2019 at LP Wilson Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Jan 9, 2019 at Windsor Public Library
Business After Hours
Jan 9, 2019 at Tavern at Keney Park
Alzheimer's Support Group
2nd Thursdays at Kimberly Hall North
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Fencing Class
Jan 14, 2019 at LP Wilson Community Center