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Bootstrap Brewing Company Awarded a Retail Conversion Grant

Longmont Observer has received a press release from Longmont EDP regarding Bootstrap Brewing being awarded a retail conversion grant.
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Longmont Observer has received a press release from Longmont EDP regarding Bootstrap Brewing being awarded a retail conversion grant. Here is the press release in full:

Bootstrap Brewing Company Awarded a Retail Conversion Grant

Grant assists new retail businesses in downtown Longmont

Longmont, CO: The Longmont Economic Development Partnership and the City of Longmont awarded Bootstrap Brewing Company a $7,500 Retail Conversion Grant as part of a downtown Longmont grant program to assist new retail businesses to convert formerly non-retail spaces in downtown Longmont.   Bootstrap Brewing Company is owned and operated by husband and wife team Leslie and Steve Kaczeus.  The couple opened their first location in Niwot in 2012.  Steady growth and a signed contract with Coors Distributing Co that significantly expanded their distribution, prompted them to seek a new space allowing them to increase their production and open a larger tap room. In their search for new space they looked to Longmont and the old Times-Call warehouse located at 142 Pratt Street, which had been sold to Red Clay LLC, an entity registered to Oskar Blues Brewery founder Dale Katechis.  Upon signing a lease on the15,000 square foot building in 2016, with assistance from Red Clay LLC, the City of Longmont, the Downtown Development Authority and the Longmont Economic Development Partnership, they converted the warehouse into a production brewing facility with a taproom and a seating area on an existing patio. Doors opened at the new downtown Longmont location on April 17th, 2017.

“Part of our mission as an economic development organization is to support Longmont’s retail and job-creating small businesses, as well as support businesses making capital investments in their properties.  By helping fund Bootstrap Brewing Company’s significant capital investment in the community, supporting them to create new jobs in Longmont and to generate new retail sales tax revenue for the City, we hope to encourage them to stay and continue to scale their business in Longmont.  We are delighted to have Bootstrap Brewing manufacturing, canning, and serving as another great destination taproom in our community,” said Jessica Erickson, President of the Longmont Economic Development Partnership. 

“We are absolutely thrilled to be brewing in our beautiful new production brewery and taproom!  We have been overwhelmed by the warm reception we've received from all of the city organizations and the community as a whole.  Longmont sure knows how to make a business feel welcomed!” stated Leslie Kaczeus, owner of Bootstrap Brewing Company.

The Downtown Development Authority will be providing a matching Retail Conversion Grant of $15,000 to Bootstrap Brewing.  “Bootstrap Brewing has made a significant investment in the western edge of the Downtown Longmont Creative District. Its local vibe, creative craft brew, and great atmosphere give guests an inside look at the brewing and canning process. It is an honor to welcome them to our community,” said Kimberlee McKee, Executive Director of the Downtown Development Authority.

The City of Longmont and Longmont Economic Development Partnership Retail Conversion Grant program is a reimbursement grant program targeted at for-profit, retail storefront businesses in the Downtown Development Authority District.  The grant program provides a grant of up to 25% of eligible project costs, not to exceed $7,500, for qualifying improvements.  Additional matching funds may be provided by the Downtown Development Authority, subject to DDA approval prior to project commencement.  To be eligible for the grant, the business must generate more than 50% of their revenue from sales taxable transactions, be located in a storefront on the ground floor of a building in the Downtown Development Authority District with an outside entrance accessible to the public, have prepared an acceptable business plan, and be licensed in the City of Longmont and in compliance with all City codes and regulations.

More information about the Longmont Economic Development Partnership Retail Conversion Grant and the application can be found on the Longmont Economic Development Partnership website at


About The Longmont Economic Development Partnership: The Longmont Economic Development Partnership is a public/private 501c(6) non-profit economic development organization serving the greater Longmont area. As Longmont’s primary agent for economic development, the Partnership leads a comprehensive and collaborative economic development strategy to promote and strengthen the Longmont community’s economic health. The Longmont Economic Development Partnership offers a variety of services and resources to support the relocation, retention, and expansion of business in Longmont and serves as the gateway to Longmont for all businesses.

About the City of Longmont:  Longmont, Colorado located within Boulder County, is a 22-square mile city with more than 300 days of sunshine and a spectacular vista of the Rocky Mountains.  With a population of 90,000, Longmont sits at an elevation of 4,979 feet above sea level.  With more than 1,500 acres of park and open space, a robust craft beer scene, thriving art culture, fresh dining opportunities, and a Main Street teaming with new energy, Longmont is perfect for everyone from young families to those young at heart.  Longmont is also home to high-tech companies and a nationally recognized school district.  Longmont is conveniently located 37 miles from Denver, 16 miles from Boulder and 30 miles from Rocky Mountain National Park.

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