Windy's connection to the old factory building that now houses his businesses is just as improbable as his journey into distilling. His grandfather worked there for many years.
The Westclox clock manufacturing company, once one of the largest and most widely known employers in Starved Rock Country, was housed inside a sprawling 350,000-square-foot factory. This gorgeous turn-of-the-century brick structure was left vacant in 1980, and badly fire damaged in 2012.
But thanks to a enclave of entrepreneurs, The Westclox building now plays host to a yoga studio, a recording company, an art gallery, a flashlight wholesaler, and yes, even a distillery.
“We feel we have a great opportunity here, we love the space. My grandfather worked in this building so there’s a big personal connection. We’ve got a lot of room for expansion and growing our operation, which we’re already considering," Windy said.
“We love being a catalyst in this building," Yosowitz added. "This side of Peru, particularly the Westclox building, is becoming a major arts hub for the area, we're happy to do our part."