Our roundup of the latest Natick, Mass., business news:
Kells Beer Co. announced in March that it would be closing at the end of June, and unfortunately, that proved to be true.
The brewery’s team wrote at the time: “Don’t cry in your beer, this is the beginning of an end.. We still believe Kells Beer will survive in the proper time, place and form. ‘Til then we can all just give it hell every day.”
The brewery and taproom, which morphed from the former Barleycorn’s space for amateur brewers, has closed its doors. It has hinted another location could be in the offing, but the business has spent recent days selling off everything from cylinders to jugs.
Bittersweet social media posts documented the last this and that: “Cranking out a last batch of #19 Blonde Ale for the 4th.”
Black-owned businesses get grants
Vistaprint, the Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation and the NAACP have announced the first 12 recipients of its Power Forward Small Business Grants, and 2 Natick businesses are among those selected. One million has been committed to cover these and future $25,000 grants. Recipients will also receive complimentary marketing and design services.
About 600 applications have been submitted, largely for businesses generating less than $100K in yearly revenue. These businesses are looking to build their brands, boost their teams, and raise funds.
- Kristen L. Pope, Pope Productions
Founded in 2014, this outfit provides videography, editing, writing and production for short-form storytelling.
- Salimata Bangoura, Yamacu
A West African fusion beverage company that offers handcrafted fresh ginger drinks.
Applications are still be accepted from Black-owned small businesses.
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