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Beer Tech Flows Again In Former Untappd Space

By Cece Nunn, posted Jul 11, 2023
Ohanafy, a growing tech company that serves the craft beer industry, has set up shop at 21 S. Front St. in downtown Wilmington. (Photo by Cece Nunn)

In downtown Wilmington, a growing tech company that serves the craft beer industry recently moved into the building formerly occupied by another brew-tech firm, Untappd. 

Ohanafy, creator of a craft beverage management software launched in Wilmington in 2022, leased the second and third floors of 21 S. Front St., an historic building renovated by developer James Goodnight. 

“We are very proud to be growing Ohanafy here in Wilmington and choosing to be downtown really reflects that,” CEO Ian Padrick said in an email July 10. “The culture and atmosphere of this area and this historic building is a great place to foster creativity and innovation for our employees.  

“Additionally, as a tech company serving the craft beverage industry, Ohanafy felt this building was the perfect fit for us to grow into as we continue to grow our reputation as the No. 1 provider in our industry.” 

In June, the company announced the successful completion of an investment round that netted more than officials had hoped for – $2.8 million. The round was led by Cape Fear Ventures and other friends and family of the startup, according to a news release. 

At the time, the firm announced the funds would be utilized to allow it to gain market share, attract talent and invest in product innovation.

Untappd was the sole tenant at 21 S. Front St. before the software company, which provides an app for beer drinkers, moved out at the beginning of the year.

Originally built in 1939 for the Barefoot-Jackson Furniture Co., Goodnight renovated the building in 2016 before Untappd owner Next Glass used it for its headquarters. Son of SAS founder Jim Goodnight, James Goodnight has an affinity for tech startups as well as historic buildings. 

“The startup community is already here; I’m just trying to help foster the ecosystem downtown, kind of create the collaborative, urban environment that’s been so successful everywhere else,” Goodnight said in a 2016 Business Journal article. 

Padrick said a unique headquarters is vital to Ohanafy’s success. 

“It is important to us to not only create a space that fosters innovation but build an environment that our employees feel excited to come to every day,” Padrick said. “This space is unique and so is what we are doing. We are truly making a difference in the craft beverage industry, so as we continue to attract top talent, now our office will match the level of commitment we have on cultivating that change.” 

Padrick and Natalie Waggett, formerly of cloud banking software company nCino, founded Ohanafy, which is built on the software as a service platform Salesforce. Padrick had been in the Salesforce and general software as a service industry for more than a decade before helping to build the Ohanafy Brewery Management System. 

He said Monday he sees the importance of both in-office work and the downtown location for Ohanafy moving forward. The company currently has 20 employees.

“Right now, we just see all the benefits of bringing our employees together daily to collaborate in person,” he said. “Yes, parking might be a bit further down the block, but you have everything you could possibly need right around the corner in terms of places to grab lunch or a drink after work. Also, we might be biased, but we are pretty sure there are no office buildings in the typical commercial areas around Wilmington that have a better rooftop than what we now have.” 

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