It's more than your average liquor store.
The Wine Post, an upscale purveyor of fine wine, spirits and beer, is the latest addition to the Glyndon Village Center. And while co-owners Michael Leggett and his mother Christina Ebmeier say that their original idea was to open a wine bar, instead they settled for a store with the same relaxed environment and selection.
Located next to the gift shop, The Wine Post fits in amongst the other specialty shops in the area.
Leggett and Ebmeier are enthusiastic about the community's warm welcoming of their store.
However Ebmier added that there may have been some worry amongst residents as to what kind of place The Wine Post would be. “People wanted a spot locally where you could purchase alcohol that wasn’t your typical liquor store,” she said. “[Customers] have expressed how much they appreciate that we didn’t do that.”
According to Leggett, he and his mother make a good team, and family spirit is something customers can expect when they visit. “We’re a family owned and family-oriented business,” he said. “We want people to feel at home when they come here; we’re not a typical liquor store.”
Leggett welcomes questions from customers who want to learn more about wine, and offered a little advice for anyone interested in expanding his or her palette for fermented grapes. “Don’t be afraid, go to as many tastings and taste as much wine as you can, and talk with someone who has the [wine] knowledge,” he advises.
For those who want to hone their imbibing skills even more, there will be wine tastings held every Friday night staring at around 5 p.m. Ebmeier said that depending on the level of interest, other programs will be offered as well. “We have a lot of interest in educational classes on wine and wine clubs and even mixology,” she said.
In addition to wine, Leggett said the beer selection will likely grow based on customers' requests. At the moment, customers can find most major labels and a few craft beers available at the store. Meanwhile, Leggett said he is open to suggestions when it comes to the store's beer options.
While the co-owners are fairly new to the wine business, they are looking forward to getting to know their customers. “In some ways we are still trying to figure it out, but it’s a fun business,” Leggett said. “It’s not like we’re selling insurance here, people get excited about wine.”
The Wine Post, Glyndon Village Center, 15 Railroad Ave., Glyndon. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.- 8 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.- 9 p.m. 410-833-5583.
Look out for the store's official grand opening August 27.