Tale of Two Family Businesses

Arthur and Mike Lampros

Brothers, Arthur Lampros (left) and Mike Lampros (right)

After opening their first business in 1999, Arthur and Mike had settled into their routines of running their family restaurant. Along with their father George, Mike was the Chef, and Arthur was the Front of the House (General Manager).  Arthur had a lifelong interest in fine wine and had a long background in fine dining, and had always dreamed of being in the wine business as an entrepreneur.

When the landlord of the shopping center approached the guys with an offer to take over the space immediately next to the restaurant, they did not hesitate to take the offer. Their restaurant was at capacity every weekend, and there was no separate bar area for guests to enjoy while waiting for a table. They considered a variety of different expansion ideas that would incorporate a “bar” element , but weren’t happy with the idea of another typical, run of the mill, restaurant bar.

They had toyed with the idea of looking into any number of franchises, specifically with the notion of not having to start from scratch. While attending a Franchise show in Washington, DC, the guys discovered and met with representatives with WineStyles. They were intrigued with the concept and were quick to recognize that it just might be what they were looking for.

What made you buy into the WineStyles concept?

wine bar ordering “The WineStyles concept gave us an opportunity to relatively easily add a distinct yet complementary brand into our existing operations. With consent of the corporate team, we were the first to open a WineStyles franchise attached to an already functioning restaurant.” said Arthur Lampros.  “Considered a test-case, our new store would be one of the first hybrid concepts as a wine retailer and a wine bar.   Aside from retailing packaged wines, we also served wine by the glass, on premise bottle service, an extensive food menu and hosted many special events.”

“By teaming up with a franchise, it was like a business-in-a-box”, commented Lampros.   “From marketing, to product knowledge, business advisory support, and best practice experience, the choice was simple. Running a very busy restaurant is hard enough. Opening up an independent retail and on-premise establishment from scratch at the same time is just nuts.”

Girls Night at WineStylesWhat are some of your favorite things about being in beverage industry?

“Beyond the love of wine and beer, the ability to offer guests a venue that incorporates so many different elements is very special”, explained Lampros.  “Guests come to experience our weekly tastings, join the wine club, and connect with fellow customers every day. Looking across the store when everyone is smiling, laughing, and simply enjoying themselves with great food and drinks makes it all worthwhile…..and making a nice living at the same time….well that’s even better.”

Why would this business be different than any other?

“What’s amazing, is how we connected with the community.” remarked Lampros.  “We’ve been involved in various fundraisers and enjoy being a venue for connecting wine connoisseurs together.”

  • Wine tasting with coupleWe’ve had numerous couples meet each other at WineStyles and eventually get married.
  • Several wedding proposals.
  • Countless retirement celebrations.
  • The Babies of Winestyles! Guests bring in their newborns and we get to see them grow-up.
  • Our partnership with local charities (Azalea Charities, Aid for Wounded Warriors, Purple Heart Wines) and most recently one of our staff members running the Marine Corp Marathon as a member of Team Azalea.
  • Aside from our guests who visit almost every day, there are groups of customers that visit several times a week to attend our tasting events and socialize.
  • Over the years we’ve seen customers have “Wine Moments”, when they taste and discover a specific wine that has a real memorable impact on them.
  • We have a number of customers that have Service Dogs, who become mascots for the store.
  • Over a glass of wine, guests have experienced significant Pop Culture moments together, whether its major sporting events, elections, national or local events, wine is the perfect conversation starter.
  • Our Wine Club members enjoy meeting up with fellow wine lovers, reminiscing about their wine travel experiences, opening special bottles for special occasions or discussing this month’s selection of membership wines.
  • In essence….we’re a true “clubhouse” for our Wine Club members and guests.

Don’t be shy,  stop by and see us sometime! We’d love to share our story with you!

Arthur Lampros

Cheers,

Arthur Lampros / Mike Lampros, Proprietors
WineStyles Tasting Station
4394 Kevin Walker Drive
Montclair, VA 22025

608-665-2675

 

 

Will 2018 Be Your Year?

With the holidays wrapping up, many people take the last few days of the year to contemplate where they’d like to be in the New Year.

As 2018 looms in the near distance, do you feel thrilled at the opportunities before you? Or, are you less than thrilled at what lies ahead for you professionally?

You may have a good job, even a great job, but is it fulfilling in all the ways you’d like?

With a career as a WineStyles Tasting Station franchise owner, here’s a little preview of what your 2018 could look like…

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You start the year with a phone call to the WineStyles Corporate Office (1-866-424-9463), and speak with franchisor and store owner, Andrea McGinness. You’re delighted to hear all about the WineStyles opportunity from Andrea.

After due diligence and your attendance to a WineStyles Discovery Day, you’ve decided to go for it and open your own WineStyles Tasting Station franchise in your home town. The fun begins as you start imagining what your storefront would look like as you pass by the shopping and dining areas in your neighborhood.

Finally, you find the perfect spot. You park your car and just have to get out and look. Yep, this is it!

Your training with the WineStyles Corporate Staff has you feeling confident to begin your new adventure as a small business owner, in business for yourself, but as they say, not by yourself.

Before you know it – wine, craft beer, delicious gourmet foods and fun gifts and accessories are lining your shelves. You think to yourself, now this is a place I would shop!

Your first customers are raving about your new business, and can’t wait to bring in their friends, family, and coworkers.

open for business wine shop

You sit back after a successful Grand Opening, and thank your lucky stars.

But, don’t take it from us, here are a few reasons you may consider opening a franchise location:

When you hear the word “franchise” what do you think of? I’m guessing fast-food, cleaning services, etc.  What we hear is “small business owner”, “in business for yourself, but not by yourself”, “proven system”, “kinks worked out”, “training and marketing support”, “team of assistance at every corner”, “help in your back pocket”, etc.

2018 could be the year you uncork your dream business, and open your own boutique business.

As someone much greater than me once said, “just take the first step”. So give us a call, talk with Andrea, and let’s see if opening a WineStyles Tasting Station in your neighborhood would be a good fit.

Visit www.WineFranchise.com for more information and to request a meeting.

We look forward to making your 2018 the best year yet.

Thanks for reading,

Ashleigh Rader
Director of Marketing & Social Media
WineStyles Tasting Station

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With your love of fine wine, craft beer and the gourmet lifestyle, WineStyles Tasting Station could be a great fit.

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Each location is locally owned and operated, with support from our corporate team and fellow business owners.

We are currently expanding our marketplace and looking for new franchise owners across the country.

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