Jim Stott and Jonathan King are the founders of Stonewall Kitchen, a Maine company that produces high-quality, specialty food products. Relaxing in their Vieques home surrounded by floor to ceiling mahogany with their golden retriever Lilly at their feet, they reflect on how they came to find Vieques…

The house, named Quinta Caoba (Mahogany) by the hardware store delivery men who delivered load after load of wood, was designed by architect Wayne Rowly. With floor to ceiling windows and mahogany vaulted ceiling, it has a West Indian cottage feel with a British colonial accent.

When Jim and Jonathan step off the plane in Vieques their lives take a turn to the simple life… the beach, their house, their friends and, of course, Lilly.

How did Stonewall Kitchen get its start?

“We went to a farmer’s market in 1991 with some blueberry jam that we made,” Jim says. “That was it. There was no plan, no dream, no idea that it would be our careers, no nothing.  Before that we were both waiting tables in two different restaurants.”

“The name Stonewall Kitchen came from looking out our kitchen window at an old stone wall,” Jonathan adds, as they both laugh at the memory. Now, Stonewall Kitchen has expanded to add a restaurant and state of the art cooking classroom. It is one of the largest tourist attractions in Maine.

 

About The Author

Kelly Thompson
editor • publisher • designer

Kelly’s background in graphic design and photography led her to creative jobs all over the U.S., Australia and Europe. She moved to Vieques in 2003 and started publishing the Vieques Insider magazine in 2014 allowing her to share her love of the island through photos and stories.

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