We like to find opportunity in quirky places.
Places that other people aren’t paying that much attention to,
but obviously have a lot of potential.
Dave McCormack - Owner
Bring together an underutilized historic building and an underdeveloped market for malted barley, and you’ve got Big Trouble. The malting facility and craft distillery will be housed in an old muffler shop in Old Towne Petersburg, just across the street from Demolition Coffee. Big Trouble will supply malted barley to craft breweries throughout Virginia, and will also produce its own brandy and house a tasting room.
The project will be financed in part with a $50,000 grant from the Governor’s Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development Fund (AFID) and matching incentives from the City of Petersburg. At the official launch announcement, Governor McAuliffe said, “Big Trouble brings together multiple aspects of economic development – agriculture, entrepreneurship, manufacturing, tourism, and community revitalization – in one operation and is another excellent example of leveraging some of the Commonwealth’s greatest assets to build a new Virginia economy.”
Sandwiched between Centre Hill, the YMCA, Mayton Transfer Lofts and Washington St, this odd collection of historic homes seemed too pretty to let it all rot away. In 2008, Waukeshaw began buying properties as they came available, and plans a methodical renovation of those houses in the near future.
This old Ice and Coal factory is a mess. Beat up, overgrown, rained in and neglected, there was long a feeling of hopelessness hanging over this heap of bricks. Financing has been secured for a mixed-use development: one half residential, and the other half the new Trapezium Brewing, a 30-bbl production brewery. In the vicinity of Croaker’s Spot, the Farmer’s Market, the Civic Center and the pending National Park Service visitor’s center, this multi-use development will be a great addition to this up-and-coming area.
Micro-budget filmmakers must find creative ways to reduce their budgets in the new film economy. Studio 219 seeks to serve this community by creating a turn-key production studio that offers the best gear, an isolated sound stage, and housing for 30 crew to boot – with the City of Petersburg as the entire back lot. Big budget productions like Lincoln and AMC’s TURN have already discovered Petersburg, but so have micro-budget slasher production co’s like Stormcatcher Films. Studio 219 will maximize creativity while minimizing risk. There’s nothing else like it – anywhere.
Have you heard of Vollis Simpson? Before arriving in Wilson, we hadn’t either. Wilson is seeking to change that, embarking on a multi-million dollar, folk-art branded celebration of this creative genius. This project will house the Visitor Center, two restaurants, a bit of office space and 86 apartments, all in a sprawling old tobacco building once known as the Hi-Dollar warehouse. Waukeshaw is thrilled to be a part of Wilson’s rebirth.