Take a look inside Arlington's newest local business.
Mystic Wine Shoppe opened Wednesday afternoon at 901 Mass. Ave., the storefront to the right of Stop & Shop. The shop’s owner, Eric Faiola, said Thursday afternoon that the first 24 hours had been busy. He said he’s planning a “grand opening” event in the coming weeks. Faiola also owns and operates Arlington Lithograph with his brother Jake. The brother’s grandfather and his two brothers opened the local printing company 50 years ago, before passing it down. For more on Mystic Wine Shoppe, see “New Details on Mystic Wine Shoppe” or visit its Facebook page. The shop’s hours are 9:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Its number is 781-646-2100.
Five things you need to know about Arlington's newly-approved wine shop.
1.) HOW WE GOT HERE: In April, Arlington voters approved two new liquor-store licenses via a ballot question, 3,958-2,648. Then, on Monday, June 18, the Board of Selectmen picked the two winning applicants from the field of six. The board’s first selection, The Meat House, was made with relative ease, but then the Mystic Wine Shoppe and Johnnie’s Foodmaster proposals were in a dead heat, until Johnnie’s President John DeJesus made a startling announcement. “I’d like to withdraw my application,” he said after more than three hours of presentations and deliberations. “I’m a small business owner too, and I think they made a great presentation … I’m stuttering here, I can’t believe I’m doing this.” And with that, the board granted Mystic Wine …