VERGENNES — A new and expanded space is taking shape for Shacksbury Cider in the Kennedy Brothers facility in downtown Vergennes.
The $300,000 project to create the new Shacksbury space started in August, according to Colin Davis, co-owner of Shacksbury Cider. The cider business is leasing the space in the Kennedy Brothers facility, a commercial building which houses several businesses and also a co-working and conference space.
Davis and David Dolginow founded Shacksbury Cider in Shoreham in 2013, with plans to focus on their wholesale business the first couple of years, Davis explained. With the opportunity at the Kennedy Brothers building, he said, they decided to take the next step, which includes a retail space and a tasting room, along with much more space for production.
“We felt like this was the right time to make that jump,” Davis said.
He added that the Kennedy Brothers facility offered “a great space and we liked the management, and it’s a great location.”
“It just kind of came together,” Davis said.
He also said Robert Feuerstein, who owns the Kennedy Brothers building, is the general contractor for the ongoing project.
Shacksbury Cider’s part of the building will be a three-floor operation. Davis said the first floor and second floor will be production, and the third floor is going to be the smallest space, which will probably be offices.
Davis said the company needed more space than the Shoreham location could offer, following several years of strong, consistent growth.
He and Dolginow also like the unique feel of the new space.
“It’s an old industrial space, so it’s not polished, but we really like that,” Davis said. “The light is really beautiful in the building.”
He added, “You usually don’t find breweries or wineries that are multiple stories.”
The company now has six full-time employees, including the two founders.
Part of the funding for the project is a $25,000 Building Communities Grant from the Vermont Regional Economic Development program. The grant was administered by the Vermont Department of Buildings and General Services, and the Addison County Economic Development Corp., or ACEDC, played a key role in securing this funding for the Shacksbury project.
Shacksbury Cider’s move to the Kennedy Brothers building will create six to 10 jobs over the next one to three years, according to ACEDC’s press release about the grant.