NORTHAMPTON — As a restaurant consultant in New York City during the 2000s, Caroline McDaniel watched dozens of wine bars open in the Big Apple. The Smith College graduate, who at the time frequently returned to Northampton for regular haircuts, started telling anyone who would listen that the concept would be a perfect fit for Paradise City. But when the calendar flipped to 2014 and no one had taken a stab at the business concept, McDaniel decided not to wait any longer — she began planning to do it herself. “I kept waiting for the wine bar to come, but 14 years after the trend started in New York, here I am,” said McDaniel, who moved back to Northampton in 2012. As she spoke one day last week in the basement of Thornes Marketplace, construction crews swirled around her working to strip paint off the walls, clean floors and complete dozens of other tasks in the space that formerly housed Dynamite Records. It’s in this 2,600-square-foot space that McDaniel intends to open the wine bar under the name ConVino, which stands for “with wine.” The bar will feature between 60 and 80 types of wine from throughout the world, 30 of which will be sold by the glass and the balance by the bottle. She is hoping to be open by Thanksgiving.
This month's events
Sunday, October 12 to Wednesday, December 31
Wine Bar to Join Thornes
Lower Level 2
Saturday, November 15 10:00 am to Wednesday, December 31 8:00 pm
Introducing Baked Northampton
Fresh baked cookies, cupcakes, pastries and custom cakes to order. Tell your friends. Yum.
Tuesday, December 2 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Mommy & Me ~ Includes Mini Session & Brunch only $99!
How Sweet! How Charming! How utterly teensy tiny is your adorable new baby love?!? Don't let this special time pass you by- they aren't so small for long! Come visit our cozy studio for a light brunch, a private professional photography session for you and baby and the opportunity to visit with other moms just like you! Only $99 ~ Must call ahead to RSVP. Dec 2nd 9-12 (413) 341-3031
Level 2 • dani. fine photography
Sunday, December 7 7:30 am to 11:30 am
Win $150 Gift Card
Thornes is a proud sponsor of the 11th Annual Hot Chocolate Run for Safe Passage. Be sure and stop by our table and etner to win a $150 gift card on the day of the race.
Plaza Behind Thornes