Wine will once again flow at this Hay Street hotspot as the Sip Room prepares to open in the former Wine Cafe location in downtown Fayetteville.
Owners Juawana Colbert, Tomeka Purcell and Santina Epps-Thomas are holding a series of events at the space, located at 108 Hay St., throughout December in advance of an expected grand opening in January.
Like Wine Cafe, which opened in 2011 before abruptly closing at the end of September, the Sip Room will serve wine both by the glass and as tasting flights to enjoy at the cafe, as well as by the bottle to take home. For food, there will be a variety of charcuterie boards available, including a vegan board.
There are a few changes, however. Along with new decor and seating, the Sip Room will have a tiered membership program that grants members access to wine tastings, bottles of wine every month and access to a new members-only lounge. The gold tier ($50 per month) includes two bottles of wine per month, as well as one wine tasting a month included. Platinum-tier members ($100 per month) will receive four bottles of wine a month, plus wine tastings once a week included in the price.
"It has a totally different look and feel," the owners said.
There will also be a retail space where they'll sell wine-related accessories, as well as wine-themed clothing and memorabilia. They also plan to use the cafe to host wine and yoga classes, paint-and-sip nights and other events.
The three all have backgrounds in real estate. Colbert, who lived in Fayetteville while her husband was stationed at Fort Bragg and served as director of the Fayetteville Cumberland Economic Development Corporation from 2014 to 2017, is now an agent with Tampa, Florida-based Allure Realty, which is the focus of the Netflix realty show "Selling Tampa," which premieres Dec. 15.
Epps-Thomas said she originally found the Hay Street space while scouting out locations for her real estate firm. Friends for many years, the three had talked about going into business together. So when the Wine Cafe and the Coffee Cup spaces opened up (The Coffee Cup location next door is now home to Vagabond Cafe), the three jumped at the chance.
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For Epps-Thomas, hospitality is something of a family business. Her husband, Andre, co-owns the Livery Cigar Emporium, which opened at 147 Maxwell St. downtown earlier this year.
The Sip Room will hold a number of ticketed soft opening events throughout December. To keep up with the latest, follow the shop on Facebook at facebook.com/TheSipRoomFayetteville or on Instagram at @thesiproom.
Jacob Pucci writes on food, restaurants and business. Contact him by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter at @jacobpucci or on Facebook. Like talking food? Join our Fayetteville Foodies Facebook group.
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