A new wine retail shop will open in downtown Spartanburg later this summer.
Jeff House, owner of Bond Street Wines, said he has leased a 625-square-foot space on the ground floor of the former Carolina Gallery building at 145 W. Main St.
The three-story building constructed in 1900, according to property records, sits at the southwest corner of the intersection of West Main and Wall Streets across from Morgan Square.
Former Spartanburg Mayor Bill Barnet purchased the building and the former Abby’s Grille across the street from Spartanburg neurosurgeon Cavert McCorkle in September 2016.
House said he will use the space to open a second location for the boutique wine business that he and a group of friends started in 2005 in Charlotte, N.C. He said the Charlotte store at 605 Providence Road will remain open.
“There is a lot of potential in Spartanburg,” House said. “It’s a very interesting time in the history of this city. Whatever impact we can make through Bond Street Wines, we want to do. We’d like to see Spartanburg succeed.”
House and his wife, Missy House, who are both originally of Cleveland, Ohio, moved to Spartanburg in 2004 from Washington D.C.
The couple followed Jeff’s job in the medical industry and originally settled near Moore. They moved over to the city’s east side about a year ago.
Missy House serves as a representative for U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy.
Jeff House, who became the sole owner of Bond Street Wines in 2012, said he and his original partners were in Europe looking to invest in small medical device manufacturing startups.
House and his partners began selling wine from small, family-owned vineyards across the world to some of their friends as a hobby. They quickly realized there was a market for the “hidden gems” they were selling.
“Wine is an art form,” House said. “It’s an experience. We’re not just selling wines, we’re telling the stories behind them.”
The owner said his store will feature about 250 different wines from all over the globe, as well as a small but unique offering of craft beers.
House said he has partnered with Spartanburg restaurateur Renato Marmolino, owner of Renato in Centro, to offer some light fare, teas, and charcuterie.
The store will operate from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
House said he will host tastings that are open to the public Fridays from 5 to 9 p.m. He will offer free delivery and also hopes to offer wine by the glass and wine flights.
Bond Street Wines will host wine dinners. House said those will initially be held at Renato’s, but he hopes to partner with more Spartanburg restaurants in the future.
House said the space needs only some minor construction, which he anticipates completing in about 60 to 90 days. He said the licensing process typically takes about 30 days.
The owner said he was attracted to downtown Spartanburg because of its recent growth, including several new businesses and residential developments.
“This community just embraces, accepts and wants people to be involved,” House said. “That’s awesome. It’s not something you see in a lot of other communities.”
House said the company is named after the street in Charleston that he and his business partners were standing on when they decided to start the business.
For more information, visit www.bondstreetwines.com.