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.
Wednesday, December 3 10:00 am to Tuesday, December 30 9:00 pm
Buy Your First Night Buttons at Cedar Chest
Cedar Chest is pleased to announce that it is selling First Night Buttons on its second floor. For the 30th time, the city of Northampton hosts its signature New Year’s Eve event, boasting an astounding array of entertainment at 20 downtown venues. The public is invited to the 12-hour, family-friendly festival of the arts presented by the Northampton Center for the Arts and PeoplesBank. A single bargain-priced button opens the doors to every event at every venue. Buttons are good all day and evening on December 31. They cost $16 for adults if purchased by December 30. The price goes up to $20 on the day of the event. There are special prices for seniors 65+($10) and kids 2-10 ($8). There’s also a $10 Adult Day Only button that’s good until 6 pm. Kids under 2 are free. The First Night website (www.firstnightnorthampton.org ) also includes a complete schedule of events and details about each performance.