Old Towne B&B switches owners
By Anna Skinner
Since she worked at the Old Towne Bed and Breakfast, 521 First Avenue N.W., years ago, Kelly Quinn knew she wanted to own the yellow house and operate it as her own.
Now, her dream comes true with her husband, Joe, alongside her.
The couple recently closed their Westfield business, Union Baking Co., to move to the bed and breakfast as the previous owners retired.
“I loved the house. I loved the owners,” Kelly said. “I think it’s important to keep their legacy here.”
The three bedrooms for guests – each with separate bathrooms – are named after the previous owners’ daughters. The Quinns plan on keeping those names on each of the doors.
“We won’t be changing much,” Kelly said.
The bed and breakfast had been closed as the Quinns move in, but reopened on April 1.
“Over the past year or so, this place has seen a big influx of aunts and uncles or grandparents of the people who travel with the teams (to Grand Park in Westfield) but don’t want to stay with the team at the hotel,” Joe said.
The couple is working on converting a separate building into a commercial kitchen to support the bed and breakfast and their catering business, JET Inflight Catering. Later, they plan on expanding on top of the new kitchen for additional living space.
Kelly will still bake custom cakes and bakery orders for those who miss the Union Baking Co. Orders should still be sent to unionbakingco.com. The couple is a big supporter of local produce and growing their own herbs and vegetable.
“I’ve always cooked like that,” Joe said. “It does make a difference. Not only is it healthier, but it tastes better, too.”
It costs $168 per night to stay in the bed and breakfast. For more, visit carmelbandb.com.