The Wine Spot opens on Lee Road

Kevin Monroe, of Monroe Constructs; Adam Fleischer, owner; Tommy White, CIA professor of painting; and Chris Whittey, CIA vice president of faculty and academic affairs. Photos by Deanna Bremer Fisher.

The Wine Spot, a purveyor of wine and microbrew beers opened on Lee Road on Dec. 16. The opening, attended by an estimated 400 people, featured the inaugural exhibit of The Art Spot, a student-run gallery exhibiting the works of Cleveland Institute of Art (CIA) students.

Four of the exhibit’s student paintings were sold during the opening, and Wine Spot owner Adam Fleischer said he expects the exhibit to be the first of many quarterly shows of student work.

"The cooperative gallery venture is one of many partnerships that The Wine Spot hopes to cultivate with local artists and artisans," said Fleischer.

Fleischer worked to preserve the history of the building, which had once been home to Bruder’s Dairy and, most recently, Seitz-Agin Hardware. One of the many surprises uncovered during renovation of the 95-year-old building was the tile floor, bearing the Bruder’s Dairy name, which contractor Kevin Monroe found beneath three layers of linoleum. Fleischer decided to preserve the floor, which, though imperfect, adds to the store’s character.

“Monroe Constructs designed the store, counters, custom racks and cooler—all of the cool stuff in the store.” said Fleischer. “I think it captures the essence of the Heights area—reclaimed, organic, old, new and beautiful.”

Fleischer said that all of the tables were built from repurposed wood by A Piece of Cleveland. “The pine tables came from an apartment building on Eddy Road and the purple-heart tasting table is from the Lakewood High park bleachers,” he said. Attached to each piece is a certificate with information about its origins.

Custom-made racks line one wall and feature wines from throughout the world, including domestic wines. “We are building up our Ohio wine section slowly as we develop relationships with local vintners,” said Fleischer.

A large cooler of microbrews lines the opposite wall. “Our beers are from the United States, Scotland, Germany, Belgium, France, with many more coming in. Our focus is on small-batch craft beers and mead,” Fleischer said.

A large bar and comfortable furniture make the large space seem cozy and comfortable. There is a private tasting room for business presentations and social events. Fleischer plans to provide opportunities to educate customers on the unique qualities of the wines and brews he sells. True to Fleischer's goal of  in promoting partnerships with local businesses, The Wine Spot offers chocolates, provided by landlord Bill Mitchell, owner of Mitchell's Fine Chocolates, to accompany the wines.

Deanna Bremer Fisher

Deanna Bremer Fisher is executive director of FutureHeights and publisher of the Heights Observer.

Read More on Business
Volume 5, Issue 1, Posted 10:46 AM, 01.05.2012