Laurel County residents have a new reason to visit downtown London, thanks to Dreaming Creek Brewery.

Brewery owners Charley Hamilton, Michael Bradley and Taryn Edington expanded their microbrewery business, located in Richmond, Kentucky, to London this spring, locating in the former Bob’s Ready to Wear store on Main Street.

The renovation and retrofitting project is now completed and is London’s first craft beer brewery.

Dreaming Creek Brewery London opened in mid-May and has already changed the downtown atmosphere with its live music offerings and special events geared toward drawing in the local community.

The project has been a collaborative effort between the owners, the Laurel County Industrial Development Authority (LCIDA) and Southeast Kentucky Economic Development Corp. (SKED). LCIDA Executive Director Paula Thompson helped the owners find the location, and SKED has helped with funding and technical assistance during the renovation.

The result is a thriving new downtown business that is working to enhance the Main Street community and bringing jobs with it. Learn more about Dreaming Creek Brewery London by visiting them at 121 N. Main St., London or check them out on Facebook at @dreamingcreeklondon.

The business’ owners say working with SKED helped make the renovation/retrofit easier.

“Working with SKED, and Chris Coldiron in particular, has been nothing but amazing,” said co-owner Charley Hamilton. “I have been through several property purchases and buildouts in the last few years, both personally and professionally, and this has been the easiest and least stressful of them all.”

As a nonprofit lender and partner with U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), SKED’s micro loan funds come with what’s called technical assistance (TA) for its loan clients. It’s what sets SKED apart.

“From the loan approval process, to the construction, Chris has made the process as easy as I can imagine it ever could be,” Hamilton said. “His hands-on guidance and advice during our buildout saved us money and time. His patience when dealing with contractors and issues associated with them was beyond measure.”

SKED’s mission is to partner with businesses and communities to bring jobs and economic development to at 45-county region of Kentucky. Its loan funds are made possible through partnerships with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development, U.S. Department of the Treasury Community Development Finance Institution (CDFI) Funds and the SBA Micro Loan Program.

“SKED truly is trying to do everything in their power to bring business to Southern Kentucky,” Hamilton added. “We hope to do business with SKED again on our next project.”

Thompson said Dreaming Creek Brewery is a great addition to the downtown landscape.

“Dreaming Creek Brewery is a welcome addition to our community and downtown area. Their decision to locate on Main Street, in a vacant building, has sparked our city’s revitalization initiative,” she said. “We are excited that Dreaming Creek Brewery will manufacture at this new location and offer their products at local tourism events.”

If you know a small business owner in need of working capital or funds to purchase equipment or building improvements, contact SKED at (606) 677-6100 or email at kminton@centertech.com.

SKED is a nonprofit economic development organization, formed 33 years ago by Fifth District Congressman Hal Rogers to create jobs in Southeast Kentucky. Its corporate office is based in Somerset and serves a 45-county service region. A staff of nine professionals works with business owners, small and large, to identify financing solutions to fund their location, expansion and working capital needs, and provide them the technical assistance and training they need to succeed.

For more information about SKED, visit our website: www.southeastkentucky.com.

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