6 new Butler County businesses include Hamilton craft beer taproom

Dan Connaughton said he plans to open North Second Tap and Bottle Shop at 134 N. 2nd St. in Hamilton this summer.

The new business will be just under 1,300 square feet and offer 10 taps of craft beer on a rotating basis, as well as craft beer and wine for carryout or consumption on the premises, Connaughton said. Growler fills also will be available.

“First and foremost, I decided to launch this business because I love beer,” he said. “Secondly, I want to be a part of the revitalization of downtown Hamilton by creating a place that is unique and will help bring vibrancy back to downtown and the surrounding neighborhoods.”


Brien Owens and Larry “Butch” Parrella recently opened Inst-I-Glass of Southwest Ohio at 1955 Central Ave. The professional glass repair and replacement business services everywhere from northern Cincinnati to southern Dayton and all communities in between.

The business is primarily a mobile business that fixes broken or foggy glass for area homes and businesses, Parrella said.

“We are the only people that can make insulated glass on site,” he said. “Everybody else has to measure and come back a week or three later.”

The business also offers drop-off glass repair and replacement for items such as window panes, table tops or other glass pieces, Parrella said.

Founded in 2007, Inst-I-Glass sold its first franchise in 2008 and started franchising actively in 2010. For more information, visit www.instiglassofsouthwestohio.com.

Also in Middletown, new locations of Buffalo Wild Wings and Aspen Dental will be constructed at Towne Mall Galleria. The new $4 million project will rise on an outparcel there and include enough space for another one or two tenants, city officials said.


Wild Birds Unlimited plans to open a retail store April 1 at 7712 Voice of America Centre Drive, according to Monica Brubaker, who also opened a Wild Birds location in Springboro in 2007.

Coming to a 1,600-square-foot storefront once occupied by Welling & Company Jewelers, Wild Birds will offer bird food, bird feeders, bird baths and decorative garden supplies meant to attract birds and add color to one’s backyard, Brubaker said.

“‘Bringing song, color and life to your back yard’ is one of the taglines we use frequently,” she said. The mission of the business also includes “informing and educating people about the wonders of birding and nature.”

There are 17 Wild Bird locations in Ohio and more than 275 locations throughout the United States and Canada. Learn more at www.wbu.com/westchester.


Going back to beer, BC’s Bottle Lodge opened March 6 in Liberty Twp. The craft-beer bottle shop and lounge at 7121 Liberty Centre Drive, just south of Ohio 129’s Cincinnati-Dayton Road exit, is features 24 brews on tap.

BC’s Bottle Lodge also offers bottled beer and wine for retail sale and has room for nearly 60 people inside and about 40 more on a planned outdoor patio.

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