Miriam and Zachary Huber, a young couple with a deep appreciation for local history, bought the historic Hillsborough house in April of this year and lovingly restored it to feature a specialty shop.
The Millstone Workshop will hold a Grand Opening on Saturday, December 1, 10 am until 3 pm. A handpicked gift basket, valued at $115, will be raffled off. Beginning on December 1, the store will stay open six days a week, 7 am to 2 pm on weekdays, to accommodate the early coffee rush and 10 am to 3 pm on Saturdays. Convenient parking is located in the municipal parking lot just across the street.
The shop features coffee from Folk City, a Bucks County Pennsylvania roaster, along with tasty Brick Farm pastries. An array of American made jams, hot sauces, soaps and artisanal items, especially selected by the owners for their excellent quality, include products of their friends or people they know and are for purchase. Most of the proceeds go directly to the artisans. Succulent plants along with a selection of antiques, are also available. Sounds of smooth jazz, coupled with a mouthwatering coffee aroma add to the already rustic ambiance of the place. As the curious visitors drop by for coffee or just to chat and meet the owners, they all congratulate the couple on how lovely and unique their place is.
Zachary says with pride that the store has ‘always been in town’ and is a landmark building. It first opened its doors in 1795 as a post office, followed by a hat store, kids bookstore, general store, yarn store and, lastly, an antiques business. Mayor Heck is thrilled with this new addition to the town. The stained glass windows in the front, have been added by the family who had a yarn shop here. The countertop along with exposed beams, are original to the house. Zachary uncovered the existing brick wall and the couple also repainted the outside of the house. They are happy to be able to revive history, attract new people and build a sense of community around their shop, which they call a labor of love. Creating more seating areas along with constructing a brick patio overlooking the Millstone River plus adding parking spaces, are just some of their long term plans.
The couple moved to Millstone from Jersey City, where they originally thought of opening a breakfast sandwich shop, as Zachary loves to cook. After looking around and doing some research, they decided to settle in Hillsborough, where he will be able to make and sell his wood products. Zachary works out of his garage and takes commissioned projects. In addition to being an accomplished wood builder, he is a stunt man on film sets in New York City, where the couple met.
Miriam, originally from Iran, is a set designer with a refined eye for interior decor and is vice president of her family’s accounting firm in Pennington. Her family immigrated to Pennsylvania in 1987, during the Iran-Iraq War, when Miriam was five years old. Her father completed a Ph.D. at Temple University and moved the family to New Jersey where he is a faculty member at the College of New Jersey.
Hunter Francis, the couple’s four year old son, already likes the atmosphere and spirit of the place and enjoys wandering among its treasures. Their three dogs: Coonhound Odie, Rhodesian Ridgeback Duke and the newest addition, Bandit, a puppy chocolate lab mix, named after Smokey and the Bandit, found their way from Georgia to the SoCo Animal Rescue from where Miriam and Zachary adopted them.
The Millstone Workshop is located at 1393 Millstone River road, Hillsborough, NJ 08844. Miriam and Zachary can be reached via email: email@example.com , by phone: 908-829-5511 or you can follow them on Instagram @themillstoneworkshop.