Sonoma Cellar in Old Town Looks to Open This Summer in Alexandria

by Lee Hernly, Editor

Sonoma Cellar Wine Store on King Street in Alexandria, Virginia

They still need a little help from the Alexandria community

As we have told you (see here, here and here), the owners of the new Sonoma Cellar business in Old Town, Elizabeth and Rick Myllenbeck, have run into significant challenges when it comes to opening their new business. The Myllenbeck’s have a vision and a great business plan for 207 King Street as they’re looking to turn the historic 1810 property into a wine-tasting room, bistro, and gift shop.

They have a historic building which needs to come into compliance and they aren’t getting ANY help from their landlord. Even though their landlord won’t help, the Myllenbeck’s are doing everything they can to bring the historic 1810 Bartleman house up to code and the Myllenbecks are looking to open the joint by late July or early August.

But, they can’t do this alone. The cost of a new HVAC system alone is $60,000 and so, as we told you, they have started an Indiegogo campaign in order to raise the funds and do it themselves.

As the Myllenbecks write:

We want to do more than just pour and sell wine at Sonoma Cellar:  We want to share our passion for California and Virginia wines and offer a true “taste of California” with our selection of handpicked wines (650+) from over 170 wineries primarily from Sonoma County and Virginia and with great representation from Washington, Oregon and New York as the top five states. We are bringing an exclusive selection of wine from the Americas, with a sprinkling of wine from other far away places.

Are you a wine lover? Take a moment to read their story and their passion for wine. If you can, please consider contributing to help get them open by visiting this link.

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