Wine Maestro owners David and Melanie Taylor
New owners freshen up Wine Maestro
Wine Maestro has more than 700 varieties of wine.
BY KARISSA MILLER
Wine Maestro, the popular wine and craft beer store and bar in downtown Statesville, has new owners – and a new look.
David and Melanie Taylor recently purchased the shop from Liz and Jason Petree.
“We’ve been looking to do something downtown for 10 years and then this opportunity presented itself,” David said.
Located at 121 West Broad Street, Wine Maestro offers more than 700 different varieties of wine, boasts a big craft beer selection, a lively patio and live music each week.
“We want to be that nice place that you can have a client come in at 3 o’clock and come and enjoy a nice glass of wine or beer and sit on the couch,” David said.
Long-time customers and new ones can expect the same high-quality customer service. The new owners have retained staff members who are wine and craft-beer aficionados.
“As we grow in the community, we look forward to getting to know all of our customers and making new friends,” Melanie said.
The Taylors invite customers to sample a wine or beer before they buy a glass.
“We want you to buy something you’re going to enjoy. Not something you are going to buy and not like after you take the first drink of it.” David said.
Prices for wine range from $6 to $300; beer prices range from less than $4 to $20. Customers can buy a bottle of wine off the shelf and drink it in the same location, with no corkage fee.
The new owners have put in new flooring, moved the bar the middle of the shop, freshened up the walls and added new furniture. The result is a more open feel.
“We want you to feel at home almost as comfortable as you would be sitting in your own house,” David said.
The efforts by the City of Statesville and the Downtown Statesville Development Corporation to spruce up the downtown area have helped attract customers to downtown shops, David said.
With three new breweries planned for the downtown area, the Taylors aren’t concerned about losing business.
“I don’t really view it as competition. We need the whole downtown full of restaurants, shops, bars and breweries, where downtown is a destination,” David explained.
Wine Maestro is open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday; and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday.
For more information and to learn about special events, visit https://www.facebook.com/WineMaestroDowntownStatesville/