Founded In: 1998
By: Andy Blieden
Number of Employees: 5, but over 150 people work in the building.
Describe what your organization does in two sentences… We are are an adaptive re-use multi-tenant commercial building. We have over 15,000 square feet of retail space anchored by Work The Metal along with over 50,000 square feet of office, light industrial and creative space users.
Who do you serve? We are located in the heart of Butchertown and we have people from all over the world that come and visit us. We also have Companies like Bourbon Barrel Foods that sell their products all over the globe.
One fact you may not know about my organization is… The original use of the building was The Magic Flake Soap Factory and it operated in the 1890’s.
What sets your business apart from others in the way you attract and retain talent? Our retail shopping experience is unique to our building, to Louisville and to Kentucky. We have beautiful loft office space that is unusual and creative and we have a community of motivated and successful people that populate the building and share ideas with each other.
How has your business had to adapt during the COVID-19 Pandemic? It’s been incredibly challenging. We have had a couple of tenants really struggle. On the retail side, we have added a lot more space so that people have room to social distance and we have become more vigilant about cleaning every day.
What do you like about being an investor in Greater Louisville Inc.? We love GLI and we love Louisville and feel lucky that it’s our home. We appreciate the leadership and drive of everyone at GLI to focus on economic development and to positively deal with the problems and issues we are faced with on a day to day basis.
How does your organization engage in the community? We started the Butchertown Business Alliance so Companies in the area could better work together to solve common problems. We have taken “unloved” real estate in Butchertown and created buildings we are proud of. We have tried to beautify the exteriors and back areas of our properties with mindful landscapes. We have also created a co-working space led by Sylvanus Hudson called Hudson Space that helps start up companies get launched.
How can people engage with your organization? If they are looking to lease space or have any questions they can contact me at 502-599-8270 or visit websites at www.thebutchertownmarket.com or www.workthemetal.com