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2017-11-15 / Business

Canalside Wine and Spirits opens on Webster Street

by ANNA DEROSA
Editor


Canalside Wine and Spirits co-owner John Black displays a loganberry Niagara Landing wine to co-owner Eva Christ in their new store, which is now open at 14 Webster St. in North Tonawanda. Canalside Wine and Spirits co-owner John Black displays a loganberry Niagara Landing wine to co-owner Eva Christ in their new store, which is now open at 14 Webster St. in North Tonawanda. Eva Christ and John Black are keeping a piece of North Tonawanda history alive by opening Canalside Wine and Spirits at 14 Webster St. The building has been a liquor store since 1934.

“It was the first licensed liquor store after Prohibition outside of the City of Buffalo,” Christ said. “We were excited to keep it a liquor store.”

While scouting locations for a liquor business, Christ and Black noticed that the doors were closed at this particular spot. The building was home to Frank’s Liquors at the time.

Christ said they asked the owner if there was an interest in selling the building, and the rest fell into place.

“It took us two years to get our license, but we’re here finally,” she said.

The owners are enthusiastic about having local flavors, ranging from distilleries to wines from the Niagara Wine Trail and Finger Lakes.

They gave an example of having products from the Tommyrotter Distillery, which crafts small-batch spirits in Buffalo’s historic Hydraulics manufacturing district.

“We always wanted to open our own business, and we kicked it around for a couple years,” Christ said. “And then, we decided that liquor is something we really wanted to get into. We enjoy learning about it.”

In addition to providing convenience and aiming for good customer service, the owners’ goal is to eventually be able to deliver their products to boaters on the Erie Canal.

Black noted that they’re hoping to accomplish this by next summer.

“We love the downtown location,” the owners said, adding that they also enjoy the historical aspect.

Due to its popularity, the store is stocking up on varietals of bourbons and is getting cranberry wine and cream liqueurs for the holidays.

The store will be holding tastings from 4 to 7 p.m. on scheduled Fridays. Individuals can look out for days and times that will be posted on the store window.

Going forward, the owners want to grow and be successful while also listening to the community so that they are able to stock desirable products.

Canalside Wine and Spirits is planning on doing a tasting on Small Business Saturday, which is slated for Nov. 25. Individuals can also look out for Canalside Wine and Spirits at the upcoming Lumber City Winter Walk on Saturday, Dec. 2.

The store is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays.

For more information, call 260-1598 or search “Canalside Wine and Spirits” on Facebook.

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