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April 24, 2014

Owners of The Drinkery will have another in downtown Derry

Cask and Vine owners to open new store

DERRY — The husband-wife team of Andy Day and Alana Wentworth is growing businesses like fruit on the vine.

The Drinkery will soon join the couple’s Cask and Vine shop on East Broadway.

It’s the second outlet for a small chain first launched at The Tupelo in neighboring Londonderry.

“We’re not calling it The Drinkery 2. It is going to be our second location,” Day said. “We’re calling it The Drinkery Derry to differentiate it.”

They chose a storefront at 33 East Broadway next to MaryAnn’s Diner.

Day isn’t dismissing the idea of more shops for The Drinkery.

“I’m not going to rule it out,” he said.

They anticipate an initial investment of $50,000 and staffing of at least three people.

The owners are pointing toward a late June or early August opening.

For Day and Wentworth, the decision to open their second business in downtown Derry in a little over a year was easy.

“It feels like a community,” Day said. “This is a good place to be.”

He sees a reason why people want small shops like his in Derry.

“In a big-box world, people are looking for something a little more intimate,” he said.

He’s watched as Cask and Vine has drawn customers from as far as Hudson to the traditional downtown.

“This downtown feels like an old downtown,” Day said. “People want to go to a town like this and visit different shops.”

He doesn’t see parking as an obstacle, saying nearby municipal lots are seeing increased use as more shops open downtown.

Day envisions a revival for downtown as businesses such as theirs arrive and occupy formerly vacant storefronts.

“Look down to the end of West Broadway. You have the Opera House. I think there are big things in store,” he said. “We want to get involved with those folks.”

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