Laurel County getting a ‘Little Taste’ of Jamaican cuisine, other new businesses

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Published: Apr. 1, 2022 at 2:22 PM EDT
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LONDON, Ky. (WYMT) - Laurel County is experiencing a surge in new businesses.

From food to entertainment, the county will be welcoming several new storefronts in the near future.

One of the new businesses is Little Taste of Jamaica, which held its ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday.

“Its been absolutely crazy, but we’re so excited for that,” said Destiny Mcclymont, Little Taste of Jamaica Co-Owner. “It just brings more opportunities for us and we just love the customers. We have a lot of returning faces that we saw today and we haven’t [seen] them in a few months and its been very exciting.”

The new location is at 112 N Main Street in downtown London.

Rushane Mcclymont, the other co-owner of the business, is originally from Jamaica but moved to the area in 2017.

He and his wife, Destiny, wanted to offer the London community an opportunity to learn more about Mcclymont’s culture and cuisine.

“I realized that London has become more diverse and I think that bringing the Caribbean food around here, which that was the only type that wasn’t around here, so I want it to be more diverse and bringing that here, I think was an opportunity, giving people more of an option to choose from food-wise and understand our culture,” Mcclymont.

Little Taste of Jamaica is open Monday through Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Saturday from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Paula Thompson with the London-Laurel County Economic Development Authority said even more businesses will be coming to Southern Laurel County later on, including a Moe’s Southwest Grill, a GoTime convenience store and gas station, as well the regional office for the L&N Federal Credit Union.

“That makes me more excited than to have a blighted area really converted and to give back to the community, to create jobs, and to create tourism and I think that’s the first big step down there to make a difference,” said Thompson.

These businesses and offices will be located off Exit 29 in Southern Laurel County.

You can learn more by visiting the London-Laurel County Economic Development Authority Facebook page.

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