About Us

Established in 1905 and restored in 2013

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. With their combined powers, Susan and Lisa create a warm, cozy, friendly, and handy market where neighbors would congregate. Today, they are bringing the 1900’s back, and encouraging us all to slow down, enjoy the coffee, and feel welcomed into the family.