Hamden restaurant to house general store

Note: This story appears in the Wednesday, Sept. 11 newspaper on Page A5.

HAMDEN — A Chillicothe-based general store will be relocating and opening up in the building that was once a restaurant in Hamden.

“Michelle’s Place,” owned and operated by the late Michelle Dutcher Miller and her husband Gary Miller, was 23 Main St (across the street from Hamden’s Post office) in Hamden from 1998 to 2008.

This building, which has been home to a few businesses before and since Michelle’s Place, will soon be home to Saraee’s General Store.

Owners Dafney and Makayla Jeffrey recently announced they signed a lease for the building and plan on moving their business into it by November, as it will take time to clean up the building and set it up.

“I’m so excited to be there,” Dafney said. “I think it (the building) has potential.”

Dafney lives in Jackson and said she wanted her business to be closer to her home.

Their Amish-inspired general store in Chillicothe features produce and other grocery items, as well as handmade furniture. In addition, the Chillicothe store has a deli and restaurant section.

The Jeffreys plan on a similar business model for their Hamden shop. The mother and daughter duo also manage a pre-made building business that sells dog houses, carports, sheds, barns and more.

Saraee’s General store is named after Dafney’s great-grandmother.

sdawes@vintoncourier.com; @sydneydawes_95

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