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The bottle shop debut

Michael Thompson June 12, 2014 0
De Fles Winkle owner Lou Dicello, Adam Grayberg and  Joseph Miller of Specialty Beverage and Wink employees Eric Wise and Paul Radabaugh toast to .... Photo by Michael Thompson.

De Fles Winkle owner Lou DiCello, Adam Grayberg and Joseph Miller of Specialty Beverage, and Wink employees Eric Wise and Paul Radabaugh toast to the start of business. Photo by Michael Thompson.

Its shelves stocked full, Glen Allen’s newest beer shop is open for business.

The Wink Photo by Michael Thompson.

The Wink moved into the Twin Hickory Town Center. Photo by Michael Thompson.

The Wink, also called De Fles Winkle, opened June 6 at 11355 Nuckols Rd. in the Twin Hickory Town Center.

Lou DiCello launched The Wink after signing a five-year lease in April for the 1,200-square-foot space, next door to a Home Team Grill.

De Fles Winkle is Dutch for “the bottle shop.”

A healthcare salesman in his day job, DiCello said he has 500 different items in his shop. There are two beers on tap, and DiCello said he hopes to add more draught lines. The inventory includes about 40 different wines and about 20 ciders.

“There’s been some learning curves,” DiCello said. “Some of them are self-inflicted and some of them are part of doing business.”

The Wink joins other locally-owned beer and wine shops such as Once Upon a Vine, Corks & Kegs and others.

DiCello previously said he’s buying his product from local distributors Specialty Beverage of Virginia, Loveland, Brown Distributing Co., Hop and Wine Beverage, The Country Vintner and Republic National Distributing.

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