Buckhannon gets business update

BUCKHANNON — Buckhannon City Council members received an update on the progress of Stone Tower Brews Thursday evening.

The owners announced in December 2017 that the new business will occupy the location of the old The Daily Grind site, and will offer specialty coffee beverages and craft beer.

Since the announcement, those who travel through downtown Buckhannon have seen construction being done on the inside of the building, leading many to wonder when the business will open.

Owner Rob Linger addressed council, saying, “We’ve been making a lot of great progress.”

He noted signage is in the works for the coffee shop, and he plans on getting a license to serve craft beer.

“That’s the main thing at this point that we’re waiting on before we can announce a grand opening date, so that we can serve beer on day one,” Linger said. “And the moment that we have that in, we’ll be getting in contact with all of city council to be involved in the soft opening that we’re planning.”

The owners have hired Courtney Page to fill the role of manager. Linger said for the past week she has been training in Fairmont at the owners’ other business, the Joe N’ Throw coffee shop.

Linger said he and co-owners, Bob Layne and James Kane are appreciative of the city’s assistance.

“We’re really excited and we appreciate the opportunity to be a part of the community,” he said.

Mayor David McCauley said he and council are excited to welcome Stone Towers Brews to the city.

“We’ve been excited since you made the announcement last fall,” McCauley said, noting the business will be a great addition to the city.

Council member CJ Rylands agreed.

“A coffee shop is a core necessity to a downtown, and I think you filling that … that’s going to be a big plus,” he said.

Also discussed at the meeting:

• Council accepted the resignation of Ian Crozier on the Planning Commission.

• Officials agreed further discussion was needed on the topic of possibly renaming Stockert Youth Center to Stockert Youth and Community Center.

• Katharine Gregg presented Noel Tenny, with the Upshur County Historial Society, her book of photos and history on the nature park and learning trails.