Crystal City Wine Shop Now Open

by March 20, 2012 at 3:35 pm 5,777 16 Comments

Crystal City’s only gourmet wine shop is now open for business.

The Crystal City Wine Shop, at the corner of Army Navy Drive and 12th Street S. on the ground floor of the Lenox Club apartments, quietly opened on Thursday and is operating under reduced hours this week while management hires employees and kicks the business into gear.

For the time being, the wine shop is stocking about a third of the wine and beer selection that will eventually be offered for sale. As they start ramping up sales and restocking, managers hope to offer some 150-200 types of beer and about 800 individual wines. There will be a special emphasis on Virginia wines, we’re told. In addition to wine and beer, the store is selling meats, cheeses, sauces, crackers, potato chips and chocolates.

Through Saturday, the store will be open daily from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Eventually, the store’s hours are expected to be 12:00 to 8:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 12:00 to 9:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. The store does not yet have a website, though one is on the way.

The shop is wholly owned by the nonprofit Washington Wine Academy, which has offices in a building across the street. Alex Evans, the academy’s director of education, says the store was conceived after attendees at academy-run events — like the Crystal City 1K Wine Walk — started asking where they could buy some of the unique wines they were tasting.

“Now we can give them a definitive answer,” Evans said.

Evans says the store will be a friendly place where customers can learn about different types of wine and beer in a no-pressure environment.

“We want to be known as a community store,” she said. “The last thing in the world we want to be is snobby. That won’t be tolerated.”

Proceeds from the store will benefit the academy. Washington Wine Academy president Jim Barker says profits will be reinvested in scholarships for the academy’s certification programs (required for some local hospitality industry workers) and in reducing the price points of certain public academy events.

“It’s a great, logical support for the nonprofit [Washington Wine Academy],” Barker said.

  • E

    Hope they do well!

  • E

    Hard to find location though, only drawback.

    • Dia

      The location may be hard to find, but not obstacle if someone wants what they have bad enough.

      I know a used bookstore in Alexandria that appears hard to find, but when someone wants get there, he/she finds a way. Getting to that store is actually less convoluted than getting to the Barnes & Noble in Potomac Yards! It’s only a matter of perspective.

      Biggest thing they will need to do is to get a good social networking advertising campaign going, and then they will do all right.

      Also, instead of saying, gee I should go there; just take the time and go there. Especially, any local mom and pop businesses since that is where someone will find the more unique products and great customer service.

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  • novasteve

    Iceberry next to rays is open now too

  • Frito Pie

    Good luck!

  • Michael H.

    Interesting. I’ll have to stop by there sometime.

  • Arrowine better step up it’s game (read: stop writing boring articles or allow comments).

    • E

      Arrowine is not the best in Arlington. People are on the Arrowine jockstrap, but my wife and I are wine enthusiasts and we can name about 5-6 wine shops that are better in Arlington alone.

      • Rebecca

        Such as??

      • Quoth the Raven

        I like Arrowwine, but would love to know where these other better shops are.

  • Charles

    now this is my kind of homework!

    • nunya

      ill drink to that.

  • Jenalyn

    THE STORE IS AMAZING!!!!! Everyone should stop by!! It is my new favorite store!!!! The people are fantastic, they know their wine, and they are passionate about what they do! What else could we ask for? It is exactly what Crystal City needed!

  • CrystalMikey

    I need to stop on by.

  • Lee-n-Glebe

    Hopefully the “emphasis on Virginia” wines is just for PR / publicity. It would be a shame to devote significant floorspace to a product that is, with some notable exceptions, widely recognized as inferior.


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