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It was a bitter, blustery January day—a day that made even the toughest New Englanders want to hibernate. In fact, a line of oenophiles spilled out the door and down the street waiting for a chance to meet Lidia Bastianich, leading light of Italian drinking and dining.
Inside, staff members poured Bastianich wines—made by Lidia's son, Joseph—as Lidia signed copies of her market watch trade magazine "Lidia's Italy" in the private tasting room. Though the average day at BRIX isn't quite as hectic, there is a kinetic energy present market watch trade magazine the stores' two Boston locations.
Perhaps it's caused by the stylish, lounge-like interiors and open floor plans, market watch trade magazine maybe it's the down-to-earth attitude of the owners. It might also be the offbeat, obscure selection of wines that makes clients feel as if they've found the sip of the century at an affordable price.
The cornerstone for Brix market watch trade magazine laid inwhen an ownership change at a small publishing company left editor Carri Wroblewski disenchanted. After leaving her job, Wroblewski began attending tastings at a local liquor store in her free time.
Soon after, she joined their sales staff. That same year, Mally, a shopper, walked through the door. Wroblewski soon left retail to work in the wine industry, first for market watch trade magazine J. After a few years, Mally and Wroblewski decided to open a store together. The pair was confident that a joint venture would succeed. Their different talents came into play in Februarywhen they added the 1,square-foot location on Broad Market watch trade magazine in the city's Financial District.
Having two stores forced the duo to multi-task. On a daily basis, Wroblewski handles wine buying and tasting, while Mally focuses on general operations, financial matters and growth. The stores focus on boutique, unpretentious wines. The South End location, which has a neighborhood feel, attracts customers on their way home from work who stop in to buy a wine to pair with dinner.
Alternately, the Broad Street location attracts a corporate clientele that prefers traditional wines like Brunellos, California Cabernet Sauvignons, Super Tuscans, Bordeaux and Burgundies. Overall, sales are divided into percent wine, percent spirits, 1-percent beer and 1-percent miscellaneous market watch trade magazine, including crystal decanters, bottle openers and gift packs.
Because the selection changes frequently, Wroblewski says that it's difficult to pinpoint the top brands. I may buy only one or two wines from a distributor, and this helps us greatly increase the breadth of our selection. A few spirits are displayed on a chic bar in the back of each store. Only about four square feet of each unit is devoted to beer, and selections are limited to 24 large-format local craft and specialty beers. BRIX has garnered a devoted following, with an e-mail list just shy of 5, clients.
These shoppers have helped fuel the business by providing positive word of mouth. This type of outreach has allowed BRIX to eschew traditional, costly advertising in favor of guerilla marketing. Each one has a theme, such as "Bottles for Your Barbecue," and contains tasting notes.
Wroblewski and Mally seek to make wine a lifestyle choice for customers. These events are free for consumers and typically include four to six offerings, sometimes paired with hors d'oeuvres from partner restaurants. One recent event highlighted a vertical tasting of Vertani Amarone from the, and vintages.
Not all events are public affairs, however. Market watch trade magazine and Mally offer private tastings for individuals and corporations difference between sales and trading and broker license BRIX's Financial District location, in office buildings or at homes.
The popularity of these events has grown tremendously, with an average of four held per month. A catering company prepares small plates for clients while the tasting is conducted.
At the end of the event, while memories are fresh and the winemaker is in attendance, Mally and Wroblewski provide order sheets so customers can select their favorites. To complement these tastings, BRIX hosts book signings roughly four times a year featuring famous faces in food and wine.
To provide for every beverage need, Brix market watch trade magazine in the process of launching a catering division that will deliver wines, spirits and beers for Boston-area events. Though Wroblewski and Mally are amenable to opening BRIX concepts in new locations, the expansion could take quite a bit of time.
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