Millworks owner eyeing Camp Hill property for brewery tasting room
The owner of the Millworks in Midtown Harrisburg is looking to expand his brewery's reach to the West Shore.
Developer Josh Kesler told the Business Journal that he has the former Creative Elegance Boutique property in Camp Hill under contract and hopes to close on the deal this summer. The proposed plan, he said, is to open a tasting room that would be an extension of the Millworks brewery.
He declined to share additional details until he is able to finalize a deal. The property at 2129 Market St. is next to Cornerstone Coffeehouse. It has been on the market with RSR Realtors for most of this year after Creative Elegance owner Kathryn McCauslin-Cadieux announced her retirement after 32 years in business.
"We're still in due diligence," Kesler said.
In 2012, Kesler bought a long-vacant 24,000-square-foot industrial building next to the Broad Street Market in Midtown Harrisburg and transformed it into the Millworks, a one-of-a-kind multiuse facility.
The three-story Millworks property opened a popular farm-to-table restaurant in 2015. The building also is home to about two dozen leased artist studios and gallery space, as well as the brewery and rooftop biergarten. The brewery opened in early 2016 with brewmaster Jeff Musselman at the helm.
If Kesler is able to finalize the deal in Camp Hill, he will be taking on another historic property. The Market Street property, which includes a carriage house converted into an apartment, was built in 1830.
It was a private residence and a Civil War-era tavern, where the owners hid horses in the kitchen to keep them safe from thieves, according to RSR.
The property is a few blocks away from the Pennsylvania Bakery and Smith Land & Improvement Corp.'s commercial redevelopment of the south side of the 1800 block of Market Street. The Smith Land project, known as Neighbors & Smith, is slated to begin construction this summer.