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Business owners looking at new brewery, parking in downtown Conway

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) - For years, the City of Conway has been looking for ways to spur growth in the downtown area.  Some of the city's businesses have been here for what seems like forever, but others, like the Homebrewer's Pantry, are relatively new and looking to expand.

Owner Thomas Lucas sees downtown as a perfect place for a new brewery, but before he can move forward with building the future Down By the River Brewing Company, he needs some help from lawmakers.

Lucas said he cannot afford to open the brewery with current laws and regulations.  However, if Congress passes the Small Brew Act, a bill designed to adjust taxes on small breweries while also creating jobs, he is ready to go.

“There's a few laws up in the state department and in the national laws that have to be changed for the small guy to be able to make a good profit without having to make a giant brewery or a big-scale brewery kind of like New South,” added Lucas.

In addition to a possible new brewery, a new way of parking downtown could kick in sometime this year.  The city is working with a private company on a deal that would offer a new valet service at local businesses including with the Theater of the Republic.

Shoreline Valet President Tylar Miller said the goal is to help people park just about anywhere downtown in the future.

“As far as the theater goes, it'll be Thursday, Friday, and Saturday when they have their night shows, but for the other location in front of Rivertown Bistro or the Crafty Rooster, we are looking at seven days a week,” added Miller.

Before this valet service can ever begin, the agreement has to go in the paper so the public can know about it.  Then council needs to give that agreement the green light twice at readings that could happen later this summer.

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