The home beer and wine making business has been good to Label Peelers -- so good that the local supply store has outgrown its Tallmadge location and plans to set up shop in a larger Kent location in a matter of weeks.
"We're moving to Kent because we're growing so quickly that we have outgrown where we're at in a year and a half. We thought it would last five years," said Matt Pruszynski, who co-owns Label Peelers with Adam Simms. "We need more space for retail and we need lots more space for the shipping side of things because the Internet is a huge portion of our business."
Label Peelers' new Kent location, 211 Cherry St., offers about 6,400 square feet of space, will be divided into a retail portion at the front of the store, a shipping department with garage bay doors in the back and has enough extra room for future growth.
"This is what we needed -- a facility with doors for shipping and a retail spot up front," Simms said. "It fit really well, so here we are in Kent."
A grand opening celebration with live music is planned from 4 to 9 p.m. on Oct. 4, with local musicians Roger Hoover and the Hurt and Bob Niederriter supplying the tunes.
Simms said Label Peelers also plans to expand into on-site wine making, which it will offer up at wine bar in the front end of the building in coming months.
"That's eventually what we're going to do with the extra space -- get our winery license and do the wine bar thing," he said.
"People will be able to buy a glass of wine, taste it and see that they can make it, too," Pruszynski added.
Label Peelers' free beer and wine making classes, which Pruszynski said fill up fast, will still be offered on the first Saturday of every month, but beer classes will likely move to the Venice Cafe in the future, where Simms is collaborating with its new owner, Mike Beder, to install a nanobrewery for crafting small batches of unique beers.
"If everything works out, we're going to hold the beer classes there so we can have actual tastings on site," Simms said.
Pruszynski said Kent's growth was an extra motivation for making the move.
"I love Tallmadge and there's nothing bad to take away from it, but Kent is just booming right now. There is so much stuff happening," he said.
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