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New businesses opening downtown

New businesses opening downtown

MAIN STREET JOURNAL – Two new breweries will soon be part of the business landscape in the Downtown Marlborough District, featuring authentic beers and treats for their customers. Flying Dreams Brewing Company and Taproom is slated to open in early November and will be located at 277 Main Street. Lost Shoe Brewing and Roasting Company is hoping to open one month later at 19 Weed Street.

Dave Richardson, who is co-owner of Flying Dreams  along with his wife Stephanie, knew it was time to open his second brewery when his standing room only brewery in Worcester became a success. Many customers asked him to provide a sit-down brewery where people could eat and drink.

Walden Woods was expected to open earlier this year at the same location after investing considerable capital to prepare the site. However, the owners ended up facing insurmountable obstacles and were forced to abandon their plans.

“It all fell into place when scouring different towns and cities, and the former Walden Woods establishment never came to fruition,” Richardson said. “So after having multiple meetings and doing a lot of research, the city of Marlborough was more than generous in helping us make our dreams a reality.”

Richardson has been creating craft beers for over a decade. Prior to opening Flying Dreams on Park Avenue in Worcester in space formerly occupied by Wormtown Brewery, he spent years experimenting with flavors and honing his skills in brew school and as a master brewer at the Gardner Ale House.

As with any new business, Richardson is dealing with some licensing and occupancy issues, but he is optimistic that everything will work out. His brewery is a bring your own food establishment, and will serve snacks from a variety of local area restaurants, in addition to adding new brew recipes.

Lost Shoe Brewing and Roasting Company is owned by Marlborough residents, JP and Melynda Gallagher. They both grew up in Marlborough and feel a strong connection to the city. JP has eight years of marketing experience and has completed the six-month brewer’s course from the American Brewers Guild in Vermont. He and his wife Melynda believe the time is right to start this venture.

Melynda has a degree in accounting and will become the Barista once they open in early December. According to JP, “We haven’t run into any issues, but could use more time in completing the construction part of the establishment. And, we felt that Marlborough has a lot of character in addition to the revitalization of Marlborough Main Street.”

Since Marlborough has had a long history of shoe manufacturing businesses, JP and Melynda decided to connect that with their business name. JP said that assistance from the city has helped to move their dream forward,

Lost Shoe Brewing and Roasting will be a bring your own food establishment, and will be open from 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM. They plan to  serve Belgium Waffles and a variety of coffees in the morning, and soft pretzels and beer in the afternoon and evening.

The planned opening of both establishments is attributable to work done by Marlborough Economic Development Corporation (MEDC).  In 2014, MEDC led the downtown area rezoning efforts, which, among other things, relaxed parking requirements for new businesses, revised design standards for new buildings, and redefined allowable uses for new developments, making brewpubs and music recording studios allowable by right.

Last year, MEDC launched a marketing campaign to attract a brewpub to downtown Marlborough. The effort included a print advertisement in the May issue of BeerAdvocate along with the launching of a dedicated “Brewpub Wanted” webpage, which outlines some of the benefits of opening a brewpub in Marlborough.

Explaining the thinking behind the brewpub push, MEDC Executive Director Meredith Harris, said, “The influx of companies and jobs into the city and the upcoming residential developments in downtown Marlborough, have brought more people, with more money to spend, to the area. We are now focusing our efforts on creating and expanding Marlborough’s recreation and entertainment offerings, so people don’t have to leave the city to find places to relax and unwind.”

This article by Janice Berte originally appeared here.

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