Leeds Grenville
Economic Development eNews | August 30, 2016
New Business 
"Organic Spirits of the St. Lawrence" 
now on sale at King's Lock Craft Distillery
JOHNSTOWN - All organic, small-batch white rye and vodka are the newest spirits being produced and sold by the King's Lock Craft Distillery Inc.

The business held its official opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony on August 25th at its Johnstown facility. Founders and co-owners Joe Kelly, Laura Bradley and Rob Heuvel have launched a company where spirits are created in a pot still to create more robust flavours while minimizing esters. The team has several years of experience in distilling spirits and business management.

"We believe that small batch distilling produces a quality product based on the dedication and attention given to each run," says Laura. Their Prescott White Rye and Von Schoultz Vodka are bottled and ready for sale. Soon to come are gin and rum-like 1000 Islands Moonshine. 

Over and above product sales, groups and individuals are welcome to explore the distillery. Call ahead to reserve one of their tour guides. "We're excited to have established our business in the community and hope to contribute to the tourism sector in Leeds Grenville," adds Laura.

The distillery's focus is to create premium products using local and organic ingredients with a process that emphasizes sustainability and green principles, including water and grain mash recycling. It's environmental partner for power and gas is Bullfrog Power, which only sources renewable energy. Company representative Graeme Cunningham helped cut the ribbon along with Edwardsburgh Cardinal Mayor Pat Sayeau.

King's Lock, a member of the Ontario Craft Distillers Association, received a $100,000 federal grant under the Eastern Ontario Development Program through the Grenville Community Futures Development Corporation to help launch the business. 

Learn more about King's Lock spirits, their hours of operation and shop online by visiting their website and their Facebook page. Call them at 613-341-7049 or send them an email.

Laura cuts the ribbon flanked by Graeme Cunningham, left, business partner Joe Kelly, second from right, and Mayor Pat Sayeau, right.
Top feature photo: Owners Rob Heuvel and Laura Bradley in front of one of their stills in the King's Lock production room.

Above photo: Prescott White Rye and Von Schoultz Vodka on display at the Johnstown site. Below photo: The 5 Newport Drive location overlooks County Road 2.

The copper columns of this still are eye catching during tours.
New Business 
Top feature photo: Edwardsburgh Cardinal Councillor Michael Barrett, left, looks on as JoAnne and Joe Moulton cut the ribbon while staff members from left Mike Harding, Jason Higginson, Lyndsey Deevy, Chef Erica Render and Bar Manager Chelsea Amell look on.

The former Spencerville Inn is home to JoeGym, also owned by the Moultons, and ArtScene Spencerville, an art gallery featuring the work of local artists and artisans.

JoAnne and Joe at their bar with one of the original Spencerville Inn signs on the wall behind them.
New Spencerville eatery attracting crowds
SPENCERVILLE - Multi-enterprise owners JoAnne and Joe Moulton are proving once again businesses can thrive in our smaller communities.

The couple purchased the historic Spencerville Inn property three years ago to ensure it remained locally-owned and wasn't shuttered. They've renovated the upstairs into apartments, opened a key-card access JoeGym in the back and, most recently, they've opened Joe's SpencerCity Bar & Grill in part of the landmark hotel building. To their delight, a soft opening of the eatery packed the house on July 10th and large crowds have continued ever since. The traffic is non stop.

"Support has surpassed our expectations beyond anything we imagined," says JoAnne. "We have been swamped since Day 1. We thought it would build slowly until the grand opening (on July 21st), but it has been busy since we turned the lights on."

The restaurant, located at 11 Spencer Street, is open Thursday to Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and on Sundays 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. They are closed Monday to Wednesday. "Support from the locals has been amazing and we are seeing travellers passing through at lunch time and on weekends," says JoAnne. A shaded outdoor patio overlooking the village's main street is proving quite popular.

The Moulton's sent out an online survey in October 2015 following the former hotel's 100th anniversary celebration to gauge interest in opening a restaurant at the once-popular inn. They received over 400 responses within 4 days. It was incredibly positive and included approving nods from people from as far away as Toronto and Montreal who used to live in the Spencerville area. 

Having been involved in construction her entire life, JoAnne, along with brothers Tony and Tommy, as well as her sons Ivan and Julian, did most of the renovation work. Her father Tom Lovegrove built the older-style copper-top bar. Memorabilia from the former inn is featured, including the old dining lounge sign. Even their menu is inspired by the hotel's history. The favourite is the Spooly "everything" burger, named after an original hotel patron from days gone by. "Our focus is on staying as local as we can; local brewers and local staff. The restaurant belongs to the community. They asked for it and we're doing our best to deliver," says JoAnne.

Learn more about Joe's SpencerCity Bar & Grill on their Facebook page or by calling 613-648-2337.
Upcoming Events
RTO 9 The Great Waterway holding annual general meeting

The Great Waterway Regional Tourism Office 9 (RTO) will fill 5 seats on its Board of Directors at the AGM for the destinations of Brockville, Kingston and Prince Edward County. 

WHEN: Tuesday, September 13, 1-3:30 p.m.
WHERE: Malting Tower, Tett Centre, 370 King Street West, Kingston

Register for the AGM.
Funding Opportunities
Partnership Grant Program launched 

The Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration has launched a third call for proposals for the Partnership Grant Program. The applications and guidelines are now available on the Grants Ontario Website.

The program supports building the not-for-profit sectors' capacity, focusing on three priority areas: program evaluation; inclusive leadership and volunteer management.

Deadline for applications: Wednesday, October 5, at 5 p.m. 

The Ministry is holding information sessions via teleconference that will offer an overview of the goals and objectives of the program as well as an opportunity to pose questions on:
  • Tuesday, August 30, 10 a.m. in French and at 2 p.m. in English
  • Wednesday, September 7, 10 a.m. in English

Applicants must register by emailing PGP@Ontario.ca