COTTONWOOD – There’s a new addition to the growing selection of restaurants, bars, wine-tasting shops, olive oil traders and quaint shops in Old Town Cottonwood. Bonne Lait at 926 Main St. opened May 3.
Josh and Brighid Bartosh own and will operate Bonne Lait, and they will specialize in artisan cheeses, gourmet local chocolates and many other specialty items. In addition to cheese and chocolate, Bonne Lait offers a line of relishes, including sweet & hot, sweet & spicy and sweet corn. Other offerings include cheese sets, boards and accessories, Wei vegan chocolate, Poppamaize popcorn, pecans and greeting cards.
Bonne Lait also carries a full line of Decio handmade pastas and Cheri’s jelly, honey and syrups from Tucson. Another interesting line is “Dust” all-natural seasonings and rubs, including rib, taco, and Cajun. The shop even carries a line of Souvia teas from around the world but supplied locally.
Keeping things local is important to Brighid and Josh.
“I use only local producers for my suppliers,” Brighid said, “to support all of us small business owners with a dream and to keep our money circulating in our local economy.”
She said the global market has its place, but now we need to take care of each other.
“So long as our local governments work in support of local business and industries, I believe we could be the next wine region of choice for travelers,” Brighid said.
She said she is excited about all the effort that the city government, Old Town Association and the Wine Consortium are putting into promoting the Old Town area as a destination.
Brighid has owned Sundance’s Bar in Prescott for more than four years. It is where she has developed her business model: “Give them what they want.”