The Creamery has become Kennett Square’s summer “it” spot. The reclaimed space was partly the vision of borough resident Sandra Mulry, who’s worked tirelessly over the past few years to transform the sprawling derelict former creamery.
It would have been easier to start from scratch, but Mulry and owner Mike Bontrager were determined to stay true to the building’s roots. “The whole design and approach we took was sort of to guard the path and give it a new future,” she says. “The design was actually to reuse or repurpose a lot of what was there.”
The Creamery debuted in 2016 and has since become a family-friendly hub, bedecked with fairy lights, lawn games, beer taps and more. To get there, Mulry had to work with the township on zoning and building codes. “I used to go to council meetings and hear all about things that we shouldn’t do or wouldn’t be allowed to do, but now it’s being used as an example of economic development in the borough,” Mulry says of the vision she helped bring to life, when few others saw the potential.