In Old Town Greenwood’s all-new gathering place, each level tells a different story.
Partygoers entering the first floor of the SmockTown Brewery enter a cozy and friendly neighborhood pub, complete with a bar and decor made from reclaimed barn wood and recycled metal.
But on the way up the staircase to the spacious second floor, guests enter a chic and stylish underground bar, a place where people can sit in an overstuffed chair with a small batch of whiskey under gleaming pendant lights and tiles. of pressed copper ceiling.
“Downstairs we have the atmosphere of a honky-tonkish bar, then the exact opposite here,” said Mark Sublette, co-owner of SmockTown Brewery.
SmockTown Brewery and its upstairs counterpart, Attic Hardware, have brought something for everyone to downtown Greenwood. Owners Sublette and her brother-in-law Ken Johnson have transformed a historic downtown building into a gathering place and meeting place that they hope brings people together.
“We both have our roots here in the area, and Greenwood is like home to both of us,” said Sublette. “We see people here all the time we’ve known all of our lives. It has been great being here in downtown Greenwood.
Johnson and Sublette both have deep roots in the Greenwood area. Johnson grew up in the city, while Sublette is from Southport.
It shows in the name of the brewery.
“Smocktown” was the name that had once been given to Greenwood. When the first settlers arrived in the area from Kentucky in 1823, many were from the Smock family.
Their initial small community became known as Smocktown or Smock’s Settlement. It wasn’t until 10 years later that he adopted his more familiar nickname – Greenwood.
The idea to create the SmockTown Brewery came after Johnson wanted to be part of the efforts to revitalize downtown Greenwood. He bought the building in the mid-2010s and worked with the city to renovate it.
Following the city facade project on downtown structures, Johnson continued to renovate the entrance and rear of the building. At the same time, he is thinking about what to stay there.
Finally, he came to the conclusion of creating a neighborhood bar, a brewery and a sweatshop.
“I’ve been a home brewer for about 20 years, and we see each other at family gatherings and discussions. At one point he suggested opening a small brewery, ”Sublette said.
Planning and preparations began in early 2020, and then later in the year work began to turn their insider vision into reality.
They transformed the ground floor into a classic and cozy brasserie. For much of the interior, they used the barn from an old barn that had fallen near Amity, turning it into a bar and shelving.
“People come in and say it’s the best neighborhood vibe, almost like Cheers,” Sublette said.
SmockTown Brewery opened in October, while renovations continued on Attic Hardware through early December. An outdoor balcony and patio, overlooking the neighbor
The brewery has already released its first beer, Stoatin Scottish Ale, and has more in the pipeline. Sublette had always specialized in traditional beers – porter, amber, pale ales, pilsners and others. He is currently brewing a series of beers to be released in the coming months.
During this time, visitors can enjoy a range of draft beers, as well as wines and spirits.
Upstairs at Attic Hardware, the vibe is more refined, with fancy chandeliers, an old-fashioned bar lined with unique spirits and even a chess board.
“We wanted it to look like the 1930s,” Sublette said. “There isn’t really anything like that here.”