Revive Grant Awarded to Three Growing Businesses in Downtown Charles Town | Journal-news

CHARLES TOWN – This has been heard time and time again throughout the past year as businesses in downtown Charles Town have expanded to larger locations, with every homeowner expressing a strong desire to stay in the area and to continue to be part of the community.

At the Charles Town City Council meeting on Monday night, three more businesses showed their dedication to the thriving downtown as owners received funding through the Revive Grant to work on revitalizing buildings for restaurants and retail spaces.

Recipients included Natalie Greene, with Sweet Liberty Deli; Jessy and Matt Printz, with North Mildred Depot; and Jeff Whiten, with The Caverns Ice Cream. Two received $10,000 and one $8,500.

“Receiving the Revive grant is humbling and also reinforces our commitment to our community that we love so much,” said Jessy and Matt Printz. “The revitalization of North Mildred Depot is a wonderful opportunity for us to develop an underutilized building into a truly vibrant mixed-use space including retail, restaurant, residential and office space.

“Our daughter is the fifth generation of our family to live in Charles Town, and our goal is that establishing this new filing district will create a legacy that all can enjoy for years to come. As a mortgage lender, my career has always been about creating connections through community building, and the Depot District is a natural extension of those values.

The pair couldn’t connect better with the purpose behind the grant, which was established in 2020. Liz Cook, downtown coordinator for Charles Town Now, said the purpose of the funding was for underutilized buildings and vacant, hoping to bring more business options. downtown.

“What’s really great is that all three of them will have the ability to be a restaurant,” Cook said. “One is already a restaurant and is expanding its footprint from inside the building. Our goal of the Revive grant is seen in these three projects. We wanted to revitalize buildings that were underutilized or vacant and allow those owners to enter and to create a vibrant and active space, and that’s exactly what they’re doing. All three spaces weren’t restaurants or retail spaces before, and they will be. It’s very exciting .

Cook said there were so many applicants for the grant that they outnumbered the funding, a sign of hope for the future as downtown Charles Town has seen continued growth over the past few years. last years.

“So many great things have come out of COVID,” she said. “I think we’re going to see an even bigger boom than 2019. Eight companies have grown into bigger spaces in the last year. They’ve chosen to stay in Charles Town and expand into Charles Town , which It’s amazing. Then to see these other business owners coming in and the owners who want to invest in the downtown core – right down to buying a building – it’s huge. I’m thrilled. I’m excited.

Cook said with more and more residents moving to the area, the commercial side will need to continue to develop to meet the needs of the influx.

“I’m thrilled with the direction we’re taking,” she said.

Cook thanked Partner Community Capital, a Charles Town financial institute that helps small businesses, for supporting the pilot program. Cook approached the organization with the project, and the firm immediately jumped on board, sending architect Bryson Vannostrand to examine each building linked to interested applicants to determine the best route to take.

“It was huge,” Cook said. “We are so grateful to Partner Community Capital for believing in this project and for wanting to be part of this pilot program.”