Nelson The Nelson Town Board has been actively trying to entice new businesses to open in Nelson with varying success, but at the board’s latest meeting last week they announced that a new local investor is preparing a proposal to open both a nanobrewery and coffee roaster business right in the Nelson four corners. While the idea is only in the earliest of stages, town officials are excited by the possibility and entrepreneur Nancy Demyttenaere is optimistic she could open for business by mid-summer.
“This could have some really nice benefits for the town,” Demyttenaere told the board during its Feb. 13 meeting. “We want to work with Nelson Farms and The Nelson Odeon and get things percolating again in Nelson. We want to help preserve the historic character in town — and have some fun.”
Demyttenaere’s idea “happened quite by accident” she said, when she and a group of friends were talking outside the Nelson Odeon after a show. When the event was over and the venue closed, the friends wanted to continue the evening but had no place to go.
“We saw that Bob MacKinnon’s place was going up for sale soon … and thought that if we lose that building [to a commercial chain business] it would alter the synergy of the four corners. We saw an opportunity to take an old house and readapt it for new uses,” Demyttenaere said.
Demyttenaere, a state employee nearing retirement, ultimately bought the house, located at 3408 Route 20, directly across the street from Nelson Farms, and closed the sale barely two weeks ago. The Federal-style building is one of the oldest in Nelson, dating back to about 1810, and was once a grocery and textile store owned by Charles Covell, Demyttenaere said.
The building has two rooms on the first floor, which would house the nanobrewery on one side and the coffee roaster on the other, and two rooms on the second floor, which Demyttenaere plans to use for office space.