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Winemaker’s Daughter to open in January

Looking to bring something new and trendy to Manawa, Allen and Jamie Lane are excited about their new venture.

Winemaker’s Daughter, located at 327 S. Bridge St., is scheduled to open after the first of the year.

“Our main business will be wine and craft beer,” said Jamie. “Our tasting bar will provide a casually trendy location for patrons to unwind and socialize.”

Infused oil and vinegar will also be a part of that.

Jamie, who grew up in Withee, has a family history of wine making.

“My parents own the Munson Bridge Winery on our family farm,” said Jamie. “As former farm girls, my sister and I used to do craft shows and called ourselves ‘The Farmer’s Daughters.’ Now times have changed and my parents are winemakers so we thought it was fitting to call our business Winemaker’s Daughter.”

Winemaker’s Daughter will offer guests a unique social experience.

“By having a tasting bar, people can try before they buy,” said Jamie. “We always appreciate that and we hope others will, too.”

Lane is quick to point out that they are not a restaurant.

“We are very different from a bar or restaurant,” said Jamie. “We will offer a little of both in a lounge environment.”

Small “nibblies” will be served to accompany the wine and beer.

“Infused vinegar and oils along with unique culinary items are all the rage right now,” she said. “It’s something that everyone can enjoy.”

Future plans of hosting special event such as musicians, artists and cooking demos are in the making.

“Our mission is to offer a unique and fun place to be,” Jamie said. “We always love learning new things and I think a lot of other people do too. There is a lot of talent in the area and we hope to bring that to the shop.”

Though a small facility, it will be available to host parties, graduations and other special events as well.

“We are really excited about being part of the Manawa downtown,” she said. “The local businesses have opened their arms to us; they are a great group of people.”

Lane stated she is amazed by the amount of potential Manawa offers.

“Manawa has a lot to offer small business and entrepreneurs,” she said. “The buildings have just as much character as the community and we knew right away this is where we wanted to be.”

Crediting the chamber of commerce for being active and community minded, she also noted that the city is willing to go the extra mile to help out small businesses.

“Folks like Dale Ferg and John Smith, along with their staff, did a lot to help us get us where we are,” she said. “We wouldn’t be able to do it without the help from my parents as well. We are lucky to have them as mentors.”

Winemaker’s Daughter is scheduled to be open Thursday through Sunday. The business plans to be open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 1-4 p.m. Sunday.

“We will also be open other times for private parties and special occasions,” said Jamie. “We hope that Winemaker’s Daughter will be a get-away in your own backyard.”

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