April 2021 Economic Development Update

In the April 2021 update, Executive Director Paula Thompson has 19 announcements about new and expanding businesses in London and Laurel County. Watch the video to the very end to hear a tasty NUGGET about a unique food truck coming to London on May 7. The cuisine it will bring is at the top of our culinary wish list!

Block 300 Ribbon Cuttings

Three ribbon cuttings were held Thursday morning in the Block 300 development, an ambitious project by local developers to repurpose abandoned or under-used buildings in the 300 block of downtown London.

Mayor Troy Rudder first cut the ribbon for Local Honey, a new farm to table restaurant with a ”hip eclectic comfort foods” vibe. Co-owner Phil Smith said the response has been tremendous since the opening and the restaurant is expanding to include lunch hours.

Amber Royster, owner of Redeemed Boutique, first began her ladies’ fashion shop online, then expanded to a physical location when one became available in Block 300.

The third ribbon cutting was held at The Make Space, a shared creative space in downtown offering art, education, and community opportunities. Gabbi Hartzell gave details about how the unique space came about. She is one of the four women who have shops there, along with Lisa Smith, Megan Angel, and Denise Abner. Congratulations to all the owners, managers and employees for this amazing vision to revitalize an entire block in downtown London.

New Local Event Venue

Come Together is London’s newest event venue created by local, Channing Price.

“I dream of living in a city of London that is full of genuine kindness toward others, thoughtful fellowship, creativity and opportunity for everyone. We are just getting started, and one way we are doing that is by hosting pop-up market events,” said Price.

Their next Small Business Saturday Market will take place on November 28th 11am-7pm.

The Small Business Saturday market was created to give community members an opportunity to display in-person on Small Business Saturday alongside like-minded business people who value community over competition.

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