Garden City has been trying to refocus its downtown area as a nightlife destination. Now, a brewery is in development in an effort to reach that goal.
Officials say they’re been discussing it for a decade.
“I think it’s been in the works for quite a while,” said Rosie Swick, who owns a hair salon downtown, “and I think it’s going to be really nice to bring other people downtown for daytime and nightlife.”
Swick isn’t the only one expecting to see more customers.
Local nonprofit Garden City Arts also hopes the brewery will bring more people downtown and into their gallery.
“I think it will be a really wonderful attribute to draw people in to our community,” said Katy Guthrie, who runs Garden City Arts.
In addition to increased customers, Guthrie hopes this will shake up how people shop downtown.
“I think it will also encourage other businesses to stay open longer to extend their hours so that they are accommodating people who have those nine to five jobs.”
The brewery is to go here in the space where The Bike Rack was. The store last summer following a trend of brick and mortar stores closing, but local retailers choose to see this shift to nightlife as a blessing.
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