Conversations about downtown are hopping for multiple reasons and are expected to get even "hoppier" with the construction of Sumter's first brewery and tasting room later this year.
"I'm excited for Sumter to finally have its own beer," Gary …
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The previous tenant of 2 S. Main St., Standard Music, has moved to 561 Bultman Drive after nearly 45 years downtown.
Owner Jimmy Saunders said he is excited about the move which was just what the business needed.
"It was just time to downsize," he said. "Business was good," he said, "it was just a big building."
Nothing has changed but the physical address and the size of the building, Saunders said.
Standard Music has had a wonderful customer base that Saunders said he is happy to see continue.
He said he is enjoying the new location and the new faces that have come into the store.
Phone: (803) 773-1612
Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday
Address: 561 Bultman Drive
"I'm excited for Sumter to finally have its own beer," Gray Shuler, a representative of the property owner, Thompson Shuler LLC, said about the new project at 2 S. Main St. to be named Sumter Original Brewery.
Shuler said he anticipates the project will be completed before the first of 2020, barring construction and weather delays.
The building will feature a brewery, tasting room and roof-top sitting for when the weather is right, he said.
Hopefully, Shuler said, the brewery will create a buzz and get Sumter on the map with a top-of-the-line brewery.
This project fits overall efforts to bring more business and traffic downtown, he said.
Most aspects of the brewery will be local, including the brewers, he said, and possibly the packaging of the beer with canning or bottling lines in the future.
He said the brewery will tie in some of Sumter's history with the naming of the products.
Design plans for Sumter Original Brewery were originally scheduled to be reviewed by the Historic Preservation Design Review Committee in January, but the request was withdrawn so Thompson Shuler LLC could make a few changes.
Shuler said the request was withdrawn so the project can be re-designed to accommodate structural concern inside the building, especially regarding heavy-duty equipment that would go on the roof.
The design of the exterior of the building will be a little more modern with a bar and seating on the roof, he said.
He said the project could start soon after the next historic preservation meeting if the request is approved.
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