WELLSBORO — A Lycoming County winery has opened its second wine shop, this time in downtown Wellsboro.
Oregon Hill Winery opened the wine shop at 87½ Main Street. Owner Karon Swendrowski said the shop is the second opened, following the opening of the shop at the Old Shoemaker Estate in McElhattan this past June.
A full selection of Oregon Hill wines are available: red, white, blush and rose, fruit, a sparkling white and a raspberry dessert wine.
Wines are created at the winery in Lycoming County, less than two miles south of Tioga County.
Swendrowski said she began looking for a storefront in Wellsboro last December after the positive response from Christmas on Main Street.
“It made me realize that people like wine, they like our wine and it was time to branch out,” said Swendrowski.
Oregon Hill shares the building with Stained Glass Reflections and Goodies for Our Troops. The intimate space offers a small seating area in the foyer, along with an assortment of wine accessories, clothing and locally-made products. The wines are lined in rows on a hutch gleaming in a variety of hues, where staff offer wine samples. Another room behind that area will eventually serve as a space for small private parties, such as wine and design events.
Compared to the McElhattan shop, which took six months to open, the Wellsboro location was quick, said Swendrowski. She began the process for McElhattan in January, received approval from the township supervisors in March, and submitted an application to the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board in April. After that, she hired staff, renovated the space and received approval to open in early May.
In Wellsboro, Swendrowski had been talking with the landlord for several weeks before learning the space was available the day before she went on vacation.
“I walked in, said, ‘It’s perfect. We love it’ and went on vacation,” she said. While on vacation, she submitted her application to the PLCB and actually received approval before signing the lease. A week later, Aug. 28, the new shop was open for business. In addition to the hutch, a display case and counter were purchased from The Fifth Season before it closed.
Swendrowski said the staff are very friendly and knowledgeable, offering a pleasant experience to those who stop in.
“Most of the staff have other jobs, but they really like it here,” she said. “I think the people who come in are looking for friendly people.”