Sanford’s reputation as a growing, diversifying business and recreational community continues to gain momentum with recent announcements about 3 new businesses on the verge of opening their doors in Sanford.
Rush Hour Escapes, which already operates a popular “Escape Room” in Fuquay-Varina has placed new signage at its soon-to-be Sanford venue at 1911 Bragg Street, a convenient location just off of South Horner Boulevard and near Lee County High School, Central Carolina Community College and O.T. Sloan Park. Escape rooms, gaining in popularity throughout the country, place a group of players in an enclosed space and requires them to work together, solve puzzles and make use of elements in the room to make their escape within a designated amount of time. Where the Fuquay facility has a medieval theme, Sanford’s escape room will reportedly revolve around a haunted estate.
A mother-daughter duo is about to channel their love of chocolate-making into a new venture in downtown Sanford, to be called The Chocolate Cellar. Laura and Carol Phelps will be setting up shop on South Steele Street, just off of the intersection with Carthage Street, and near a full range of downtown restaurants, shops and other attractions. Like it’s retail neighbor Nunnery’s Shoe Shop, the new chocolate shop will have entrance leading in to it’s under ground location, hence the name “Chocolate Cellar.” The Phelpses have enjoyed making chocolates together for many years, and look forward to sharing their passion with Sanford residents beginning in late May.
In the aftermath Sanford’s first craft brewery, Hugger Mugger‘s, debut in mid-January, Sanford is within a short time of an additional option in this rapidly growing industry. Camelback Brewing Company is feverishly completing construction and renovation of their gastropub on Spring Lane, within a few blocks of its exit from US 1 -15 -501. Camelback’s Facebook page is documenting installation of drainage lines, and framing and build out of the bar area and indoor dining space. The brewery’s owners are also promising a unique spin on pub dining fare. According to Randall Yow, “We want it to be a surprise. I can tell you it’s going to be different from most places.
And with rumors of more new businesses in various stages of development, 2018 promises to be another positive year of business growth for Sanford and Lee County.