Pouring a new retail landscape in Winchester

The Town Vintner owner Shawn Brownlee effectively persuaded his customers to "keep calm" about the company's departure from Main Street. They're only moving to a bigger spot at 614 St. Lawrence, re-opening Tuesday, Oct. 4. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

WINCHESTER — The Town Vintner remains in the town of Winchester, where Shawn and Irene Brownlee have always wanted to be since buying the established enterprise three years ago and shortly thereafter began searching for a larger spot to accommodate a burgeoning clientele.  

But now the Brownlees are finally about to uncork an expanded Winchester location, having recently undertaken the move out of their previous 650-square-foot store on Main Street.

Closed this week but set to reopen Oct. 4  at 614 St. Lawrence Street (the Terry’s Washmart building), the Town Vintner now has 3,000 square feet for added product displays and batches of do-it-yourself wine. The space upgrade means the local shop is as big as Ottawa’s largest player in the make-your-own-wine industry, says Shawn Brownlee, during a recent chat in the lead-up to the firm’s Winchester move. “I want to be a destination,” he adds.

He says they’ve been adding one or two new customers each week, since acquiring the company and its existing customers.

Their bigger digs will also be graced with a couple of super-sized ornamental wine barrels as well as consignment furniture pieces made of old wine kegs and staves.  Brownlee was eagerly awaiting the arrival of the sawn-in-half barrels a couple of weeks ago, showing off a brochure from the upstate New York supplier.

In the meantime, the Town Vintner’s former Main Street spot is set to be occupied by Barkley’s Shoes and Accessories. Owner Kristie Billings says she will open at the location on Oct. 11, holding a grand re-opening on Oct. 15.

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