Inventory discounted as shop wraps up 3-year run at shopping center
URBANA — Wines at the Pines plans to close April 27 after a 3-1/2-year run at The Pines shopping center in southeast Urbana.
The shop, which sells wines, craft beers and coffee, opened in 2009 at 2860 S. Philo Road, U.
Jessica Stanis, who co-owns the shop with her husband Dan Horlander, has accepted a postdoctoral position at McLean Hospital in Belmont, Mass., a teaching facility of Harvard Medical School, Horlander said.
Stanis has been finishing work on her doctoral degree in neuroscience at the University of Illinois.
Horlander said they thought about selling the business last year, but decided simply to close when they were able to get out of their lease.
The store has begun to sell off its inventory and assets. Bottles of wine are 20 percent off, while wine accessories and beer are 50 percent off, Horlander said.
The store is also selling off kitchen equipment, coffee equipment, wine shelving and glasses, he said.
Horlander said Wines at the Pines carries more than 200 wines and more than 20 beers, as well as Metropolis coffee. It sells wines by both the bottle and glass.
The business originally focused on being a wine and coffee bar, along with retail wine sales, Horlander said.
Later, sensing that customers wanted more food options, Wines at the Pines added salads, appetizers and pizzas from nearby Milo's Restaurant.
Horlander said Wines at the Pines then sought to increase its coffee and lunch business "and started to lose track of what we wanted to be" — namely a wine bar with retail sales.
When Binny's Beverage Depot opened in Champaign, Wines at the Pines decided to emphasize "natural, organic and biodynamic wines" — those made by small production farms with no chemicals added, he said.
Horlander said it's possible Wines at the Pines could close before April 27.