A new Midlothian retailer wants to add some wine and cheese to the local home brewing market.
Artisan’s Wine & Homebrew has leased space for a 1,200-square-foot shop at 13829 Village Place Drive in Midlothian Village Square.
The shop will sell kits to make beer, wine, cheese and soda, among other items.
Owner Cathy Allen called her new venture a “culinary hobby store.”
“We found this area is very conducive to craft beverages,” Allen said. “With RVA putting itself on the map as a significant player in the home brewing industry, we thought this would be a perfect opportunity.”
Allen’s new shop will join at least two other home brewing retailers in the area: Original Gravity in Lakeside and the WeekEnd Brewer in Chester. There are also active home brewers’ groups in the area, including the James River Homebrewers.
Allen said Artisan’s Wine & Homebrew will get its inventory from suppliers L.D. Carlson in Ohio and Brewcraft USA in Washington state. She is self-financing the new business with her husband, Arthur.
Allen said she hopes being next door to Capital Ale House’s Midlothian location and in the same shopping center as Café Caturra will help bring people to her shop. The space was vacant for years and was formerly home to Neptune’s Seafood, Allen said.
Susan Jones, a broker with Colliers International, has handled the leasing of Midlothian Village Square for the past 18 months. She said the shopping center is 95 percent leased with one 1,050-square-foot space still available.
Jones cited a change of ownership and a reduced rent rate as to why the shopping center has attracted new tenants. The rate went from more than $20 to $18 per square foot.
“It was basically empty,” Jones said. “All the tenants are new except for Café Caturra, Capital Ale House, and the cigar shop.”