Kimmco Inc. building sold, will become brewery

Matthew Lawrence, of Camp Colvos Brewing, poses inside the old Kimmco, Inc. building (Courtesy Photo).

Matthew Lawrence, of Camp Colvos Brewing, poses inside the old Kimmco, Inc. building (Courtesy Photo).

The old Kimmco building on Vashon Highway, across the street from Snapdragon’s Bakery and the Vashon Liquor store, has sold and will become the home of Camp Colvos Brewing.

Matthew Lawrence of the brewing company said that the wait has been long for this moment.

“I had wanted the property for years. It was actually the inspiration for starting a brewery in the first place,” he said.

Camp Colvos, his start-up, is currently operating out of the former Seattle Distilling location at Center. Lawrence, who made homebrew for three years, started Camp Colvos with partners and fellow island homebrewers Nathan Schafer and Scotty Maclaughin, with Lara Feltin acting on behalf of the brewery’s business interests. Last month, the brewery debuted its first beer at the Sheepdog Classic, a barrel-aged pale ale. Lawrence said that the next brew will be made in the new building.

“It’s really special to be a part of a historical piece of property on Vashon. One element of that is because it’s been a fixture in town for so long, but so few people have seen it. We’re looking forward to getting it cleaned up and getting it open to the public.”

Kimmco, Inc. was a construction and general contracting business first opened by Mike Kimmel on Vashon in 1967. After Kimmel died in February of 2015, he left the company to his four children.

Lawrence said that Camp Colvos will brew on-site, with the production room on the garage side of the building for easily moving inventory. There will also be a tap room with food service, though the plans are still being drafted. The team is hoping to hang a banner in the windows before this year’s Strawberry Festival. The rest of the building will be transformed into a customer retail space, and Lawrence said that he would like to collaborate inside with other businesses.

“I’m just starting to let myself envision it,” he said.

The brewery is expected to open in early 2019, and Lawrence said the empty space is a blank canvas for Camp Colvos, adding that they are working with architects on plans to bring the old building back to life.

According to a real estate tax affidavit available through the county assessor’s office, the sale was closed between former owner Susan Harrington and 2AG LLC, a new Washington-based limited liability company, for $400,000 on May 23.

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