SoNo Baking Company Opens Wednesday; Geiger’s Closes

SoNo Baking CompanyWord on the (Church) street is that Sono Baking Company will open tomorrow Wednesday at 7 am. Moving into the funky space previously occupied by Java, they’ll offer a limited menu this 1st week.

Meanwhile, Geiger’s Home & Garden Center has closed its Post Road East location. That’s the end of a long era. For several decades before Geiger’s, it was known as Parsell’s Garden Mart.

Redevelopment plans for the 2-acre site include a commercial/residential complex with 12 residential rental units — 2 of them classified as “affordable” — plus a retail building and bank.

Geiger’s is still open in Fairfield, New Canaan, Greenwich and Mamaroneck. And consultation services are still offered in their Sconset Square location.

From which — starting tomorrow — employees can walk a few steps over to Westport’s newest coffee shop, Sono Baking Company.


10 responses to “SoNo Baking Company Opens Wednesday; Geiger’s Closes

  1. Bobbie Herman

    Is SoNo still open at AJs?

  2. Yes, one of the employees at SoNo Bakery at AJs said that it will remain open and that its bakery/dessert menu will not be duplicated in its entirety at the downtown location, which will have more of a cafe menu (similar to that at the original location in SoNo). Furthermore, the downtown location has apparently hired some of the former Java employees–a true win-win situation.

  3. Connie Holberg

    Wasn’t it called Rippee’s at one time?

    • No. Rippe’s was further east, same side of the Post Road. It’s where Harvest Commons is today (now do you understand the name?!)

  4. bobbi essagof

    Passed by yesterday. The empty space looked so sad but least we’re getting another bank!

  5. Chris Carusone

    Another bank where Geiger’s was ? There is also a proposal for a bank where Fast Fitness use to be. We better be careful Westport. Soon there will be more banks than nail salon’s !

  6. Joyce Barnhart

    Geiger’s used to be Parsell’s. The Parsells lived on Morningside Drive South, just above Hillandale Road and owned land that stretched to South Turkey Hill Road. The stonewall that runs behind the houses on Hillandale between Morningside and South Turkey Hill Road was the dividing line of the properties. Before part of it it was sold, there was a nursery on the Parsell acreage. An elderly black man used to plow between the rows with a mule. There was also a pond on the Parsell property where what sounded like thousands of spring peepers would make a wonderful noise every spring. Mrs. Parsell had been a “Couch” and Couch Lane is just off Morning Side near the Parsell property. Rippe’s used to have apple orchards on the Harvest Commons property, and they had a farmstand on the corner of Turkey Hill Road North and the Post Road. Construction on Harvest Commons began in the early ’80’s.

  7. sandy johnson

    Wow, pretty soon there won’t be any of the “old” landmarks and neat “small town friendly” places to go! At least we all have memories. I enjoy the “history ” lessons I get from so many of you who have lived here a long time.

  8. Wendy Crowther

    I did my best to beg the developer to save and re-purpose the 150-plus year old barn that still sits on the Geiger property (though not for much longer). I provided them with a 20-page, typewritten narrative (this was the SHORT version) of the historical research I’d done specifically in hopes of saving the barn. It contained an extensive history on the residents that had owned and/or lived on the property over those 150-plus years. Owners included Coley family farmers, two early pastors of Green’s Farms Congregational Church, and three generations of the same family whose members spanned nearly 95 years of occupancy prior to Alan Parsell’s purchase in 1953.

    The developer listened and responded, but the best they could offer in order to gain all of the town approvals they needed, was to create a NEW barn on the site that would pay some homage to the old barn. Sadly, the old barn will be removed. Where the deconstructed old barn might end up is uncertain. At best, a few parts might be used decoratively in the “new” barn but only if the future tenant wants them. The rest of the barn…well…perhaps pieces will be sold as salvage and re-used elsewhere. The dump is always an option I fear.

    I stopped by the barn about two months ago – no inventory remained inside and the site was essentially closed down. I was pointed toward someone on the site who I was told was one of the Geigers. I asked him what might become of the vintage tools that hung on the walls inside the barn (I’d always noticed them and wondered whether they’d belonged to Parsell or one of the former owners that I’d come to know so well through my research). The man I spoke to claimed that he didn’t know what was planned for the tools but he kindly took my phone number. To date, I haven’t gotten a call.

    Those of you that are fond of such things, drive by Geiger’s soon and wave goodbye to the last barn located on Westport’s Post Road – the last REAL barn, that is!