The Peachtree City Moms are so excited to be partnering with Christina Lesseski, Founder of The Classic Market in Senoia! Over the next 3 months, Christina will be showcasing her personal 3 Wine picks each month, (1 medium cost, 1 Organic, and 1 Upper end). But first, we would like to share her story and inspiration for The Classic Market below.
Stay tuned for her PTC Moms’ Wine Club picks for March, April, and May!
“If that was my store, I would do this.” “If I owned that store, I would do it this way.” If I said it once, I said it a thousand times. Then, I walked into work one day and the owner of the store said, “we are closing.” There really was only one question: “How much will you sell it for?” Within a short 6 weeks, I owned the business. Now would my ideas work?
The concept of the store was cute: southern gifts, a few southern products, some Georgia wines and sampling. But I needed something different to help grow the idea in my small town of Senoia. We began expanding the Georgia wines from 20 to 50+ (and sales grew), then added 35 Georgia products (and sales grew), and finally made a large purchase of traditional Chilean wines. Then the dreaded “C” word–COVID. Now what? I had put myself on the edge with the start of this new line of wine. However, this pandemic was just what the store needed. People began to shop small business. We went from selling 55 bottles of wines in our first month (June 2019) to selling 425 bottles in May, 2020. Wine was what we needed to grow.
Today the store has expanded to over 60 Georgia products, over 300 international wines, 80 different kinds of Georgia beers and mead, wine flights, wine by the glass, a wine club, and 5 or more themed monthly wine tasting experiences for up to 16 people each.
My hope is when you walk out of my store that I have helped you get a unique wine that is perfect for what you are wanting. I love to help people pair a wine with their dinner or select the perfect wine for a friend. Being part of a small town has been a wonderful experience and I like it when I run into you at the grocery store and we can greet each other like friends. Oh, and getting to share wine with you might be the best part of all.