Since 1905

Gather for food, friends & laughter

In 1905, Lee Luther Brockway moved his small country market to the heart of Hadlyme, Connecticut. In 2012, Lisa Bakoledis and Susan Raible Birch restored it to its original glory.

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Our History

Lee Luther Brockway, Circa 1900

In the mid-1800’s, the villages of East Haddam began bustling with new residents and businesses. Among those entrepreneurs was our fearless founder, Lee Luther Brockway who established the Hadlyme Country Market on Brockway Ferry Road to accommodate those traveling by steam ships and ferries. In his day the market was all about hospitality and bringing the community together for food and lively discussion. Around the turn of the century, Lee knew that times were changing as new roads were being built not too far from his store’s location – he could tell that boats were OUT and cars were IN. Ever the trendsetter, in 1905 he moved the market to its current location on the corner of Ferry Road (a.k.a. Route 148) and Norwich-Salem Road (Route 82).

Flash forward to the 1980’s when our current co-owner, Lisa Bakoledis, began working at the Hadlyme Country Market and Store, spending her days serving coffee and daydreaming of one day making it her own. This store has always felt like home to Lisa. Over the years, she’s lived in the apartment above AND currently lives in the house next-door – built for Carrie Brockway, the daughter of the very same Lee Luther Brockway that started it all. After meeting her other half, Susan, and traveling the world together, the pair knew they were destined to work together. Lisa knew just the place for them to create a treasure: the once-loved Hadlyme Country Store. With their combined powers they sought to create a warm, cozy, friendly, and handy market where neighbors would congregate. Today, Susan and Lisa are bringing the 1900’s back, and encouraging us all to slow down, enjoy the coffee, and feel welcomed into the family.

About Us

Susan Raible Birch

“I’ve always been passionately interested in fashion, design, and customer service. When I met Lisa we were both working for a designer in Westbrook. I was a model and consultant, and Lisa was the visual artist and fashion merchandiser. I was instantly taken by Lisa’s style and way with people, and we became fast friends. She lights up a room and makes anyone and everyone feel welcome. She’s got so much experience working in customer service and merchandising, and she’s even been a much loved preschool teacher! Lisa is the quintessential people person. From the moment we met, it was obvious to me that we would be perfect business partners. I would run the show behind the scenes, and Lisa would talk with customers and keep them happy.”

Lisa Bakoledis

“I thought the absolute same of Susan! Working for the fashion designer, I was extremely impressed by her ability to recognize what a store needs and the direction to take. She knows exactly what customers are looking for. Recently, she has even gone back to school after years of working in fashion consulting to earn a degree in food and beverage service! Everything she’s accomplished in her life has prepared her to run this very special market and store, from fashion, to hospitality, to being a force behind several local renowned establishments. After we traveled around Europe together for four weeks, I knew ‘we’re going to be friends for life.’ We’d always talked about working together again, and the Hadlyme Country Market was the perfect place for us to restore and reinvent. We knew it had to be fate!”

Contact Us

(860) 526-3188

1 Ferry Road

Hadlyme, CT 06439

5:00 AM TO 6:00 PM

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Want to know where we are?

We're about a mile from Gillette Castle

If you come over on the ferry from Chester, go up Ferry Road to "Hadlyme Four Corners" where Route 82 and Ferry Road intersect. We are 1 Ferry Road, you can't miss us.

You can also cross the Connecticut River on the old swing bridge at the Goodspeed Opera House then take Route 82 South to Hadlyme Four Corners. Coming from Old Lyme, take Route 156 North until it intersects at a T with Route 82, turn left onto 82 West and continue until you reach Hadlyme Four Corners.

You won't get lost! We are looking forward to seeing you!

Hadlyme Country Market features a full-service deli and bakery, offering carryout dining that rivals the area's best restaurants. We offer fresh, locally grown produce in the East Haddam village of Hadlyme and also now sells beer, Ashlawn Farm Coffee, daily made fresh salads, & more to the people of Hadlyme, Lyme, East Haddam, Old Lyme, Deep River, Chester, Haddam, Salem & beyond.