We will be working for wine from here on out (everyone except Hudson or Alex).
We did it, we have been approved to sell beer, wine and liquor for consumption off-premises. That means no glasses of wine with your lunch and no bottles upstairs.
It does mean that we are having our first wine tasting this Saturday from 2-4 pm!! We will be trying three wines (not sure which ones yet) and two cheeses! Very exciting.
A few customers have expressed concern about where the wine will physically fit in the store. Don’t worry! The layout of the store is like a puzzle, I will contract and relocate other things to find space for the wine. The wine is not going to take over the store, we are a deli that will now carry wine.
I also want to mention that at the liquor board meeting two hearings preceeded ours and both were for violations. DJ and I watched two local stores receive fines and suspensions for selling alcohol to the same underage cadet. Most importantly, we got a look at the cadet! He is two months shy of 21, at least 6 feet tall, clean cut andfairly responsisble looking. But the law is the law and both stores sold him beer, one even LOOKED at his vertical (indicates that he is under 21) license and STILL sold him the beers. The board was not happy that the cashier who made the mistake is still working at the store. If you don’t ask if your customer is 21 you can expect a $600 fine and a two week suspension of your license! You can ask to pick which two weeks to serve your sentence but the board will ultimately punish you when they please. One of the store managers tried to pick her two weeks. I thought that was a little bold…
To avoid any confusion and violations of our own three of our employees shuffled off yesterday to a Techniques of Alcohol Management class. Currently 5 of the 7 employees are TAM certified and at least one will be on premises during operating hours.