CONNEAUT — A revitalization project on a large Day Street building is moving along.
Dave DiFilippo is renovating the old Conneaut Credit Union building that has been vacant for many years. He said he bought the building in May and has been working on it ever since. His daughters are planning a business and there is room for other commercial opportunities.
DiFilippo said several of the store fronts on the first floor will be used and he hopes to eventually open another business with upstairs options available.
“We really don’t have any plans for it [the upstairs],” he said.
“I’d like to open a distillery,” he said.
The surrounding area has been abuzz with building as numerous restaurants have moved into the area. Construction is underway in an adjacent building with the possibility of more economic growth opportunities, DeFilippo said.
He said he doesn’t want to make apartments out of the upper floor.
Annalynn DeFilippo and Jeneane DeFilippo plan on opening a soap shop on the first floor. Annalynn DeFilippo said they hope to sell soap, honey, laundry soap, body lotion, bath bombs and beard oil.
“We are hoping to be open by Christmas, but every time we dig deeper [into the building] we find more that [needs work],” she said.