We have just finished up our tenth holiday season and subsequent winter slumber. TIME FLIES. We hope this message finds you well and your new year looks as uplifting and hopeful as we see ours. We have so many good things planned for 2018!
If you have been in the shop lately, you know we have been slowly remodeling, and will likely take the winter to do so. After 7+ years in this space, we know what doesn’t work at all and what just needs a refresh. We will be splitting off the front room for retail, while recreating the center room and gallery space for events and a packing and storage area for our fast growing subscription service.
Our customers have shown us, year after year, that our shop is important to them. We hope to make the best of our long-standing customer relationships and personalize our service even more. Last summer, we began a customized shopping subscription, which has grown exponentially; it has kept us very busy and is renewing our love for the retail side of our work again. We are now expanding this service to the greater Hudson Valley and Catskills Region and will begin making deliveries twice per month. We will continue to have a small selection of minimally processed wine, cider and spirits available to our walk-in customers, and we will offer many new free public and many more private events in our remodeled space.
At the shop, we have created an area of beautiful post-office-like boxes where we store our subscriptions. We have an in-house artist who draws a marker for each box based on individual customers’ requests. Alternately, for subscribers too far or too busy to stop in regularly, we have moveable boxes we deliver will deliver. Each customer sets the parameters of their subscription by choosing—with our guidance of course—bottle quantity, pickup or delivery schedule, and wine styles.
We are putting the finishing touches on our quarterly “Build your Bar” spirits box. Each box will include 4-6 seasonal selections of well-crafted spirits, product notes, recipes, and a mixing class with a professional bartender. We will continue to create add-ons and new boxes to keep things interesting!
Just one more thing: we add 10-20% more value to your subscription box based on how often you pay—monthly, quarterly, or annually. Think of it as value added, and even the smallest boxes benefit. This is definitely the easiest and most affordable way to buy minimally processed wine.