Meet the person behind your favorite locally-owned business.

What is your name? 
Brad Cooper

 
 
What’s your hometown? 
Midlothian, Va

 
 
What is your business name? 
Brad Cooper Enterprises LLC (Canon & Draw Brewing Company and Steam Bell Beer Works)

 
 
 
 
How many years have you owned/managed your business?
6

 
 
 
What did you want to be as a child?
A garbage man

 
 
What is the most popular item you sell?
Extra Plenty Cucumber Hibiscus Gose

 
 
What local business can you not live without?
Guide Roasting Company

 
 
In what ways has your business changed since COVID-19?
We have become leaner and more agile.

 
 
What’s the first thing you do every morning to set the tone for your day?
Coffee

 
 
What tool, object, or ritual could you not live without in your workday?
Cell phone

 
 
How did you come up with the name for your business?
Our last name is Cooper, Coopers were barrel makers and a Steam Bell was part of the barrel making process back in the day

 
 
How did you get the idea for your business?
A bad day with a bad boss.

 
 
What does the world need more of?
Beer Drinkers

 
 
If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
Unlimited Naps!

 
 
What’s your favorite thing to do in Richmond when you’re not in your business?
Spend time with family, go out to brunch.

 
 
What’s your hidden talent?
The ability to make beer, take care of a newborn on minimal sleep.

 
 
What was the first concert you ever attended?
Boston

 
 
Who do you look up to and why?
My parents and other business owners. To see how they handle everyday things.

 
 
What do you love most about Richmond?
All the great restaurants and breweries.

 
 
What’s the best thing about being a local business owner? 
Contributing to the local economy and being able to provide business to the other local business owners.

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