Thrive South Jersey Program Helps Fund New Williamstown Brewery

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A new brewery is making a name for itself on Main Street in Williamstown thanks to a special program.

Friday the 13th is a big day for the owners of 13th Child Brewery as they plan to hold their grand opening celebration.

The new craft microbrewery calls Williamstown’s Main Street home.

“The town really thrived with wanting to do something with the main street," said Justin Seaverns, one of the owners of 13th Child Brewery. "So when we approached the town they were fully supportive.”

With eight brews on tap and ready to be poured they’ve already had a great reaction from the public.

“We’ve only been open six weeks and we have more regulars then new customers and they just continue to help us thrive,” said Seaverns.

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And after all the work they’ve put in, the owners are excited to see it thriving already.

“It’s just been blood, sweat, and tears and a lot of work," said Thomas Nahf, one of the owners of 13th Child Brewery. "So to see it now, it definitely makes it worth it, to see all the crowds that we have.” 

The three-man team that makes up the owners didn’t have an easy road.

“I think the biggest reason it took us so long to even open was the financing," said Nahf. "We went to bank after bank after bank.”

Then they found out about Thrive South Jersey.

“We were able to fund 13th Child Brewery and help ... fund the renovations to this facility, to help them with the acquisition of the brewing equipment and to provide some general working capital to start the business,” said Laura Wallick, program manager for Thrive South Jersey at New Jersey Community Capital.

And New Jersey Community Capital is looking to help more businesses the same way.

“We have $900,000 in financing available to emerging businesses, startup businesses, that are seeking to expand in the region and we welcome opportunities to speak with any business,” said Wallick.

Stressing the importance of shopping local, eating local and opening up local businesses.

“They create job opportunities for area residents and they really help stimulate local economies and with that, they really help strengthen neighborhoods,” said Wallick.

“Everybody is promoting local, not just us but other businesses around," said Seaverns. "So it just helps the town thrive, it’s just a plus for everybody."

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