|New owners keep the wine flowing at Cooper's posted on 09/01/2021|
Cooper’s Wine Bar and Shop in Welches will “pass the bottle”
to new ownership starting in September. A current employee, Bri Dittlinger, and
business partners will take over the establishment and continue the legacy of
Cooper’s by keeping the wine flowing when long-term owners Shannon and John
Thompson relocate to Hood River.
The new owners are hosting a grand reopening party with live
music, appetizers and a local tasting event from 6-9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 10, to
celebrate their new adventure as wine shop owners.
“It’s been a dream that sparked into a reality,” Dittlinger
said about the decision to purchase the shop. “We wanted to make sure
(Cooper’s) stayed in the community.”
Dittlinger is purchasing the business with her husband,
Kevin, and another couple, Michael Morlan and Ryan Black. The two couples met
while neighbors in the Mount Hood RV Village. They bonded over a common
background of growing up in the St. Louis area, similar career paths and a
shared interest in wine. The four were regulars at Cooper’s when Dittlinger
began working parttime two years ago with Shannon Thompson, who mentored her on
working in the industry.
“(Shannon) knew when she was mentoring me that I was
interested in owning a shop. When the opportunity came up, I knew I did not
want to let it go, and that we four have a friendship solid enough to open a
business together,” Dittlinger said.
The shop will continue to offer a selection of local and
imported wine with a focus on west coast and northwest regional wines. The shop
features a “Mountain Local” section that offers 30 bottles produced within 100
miles of Mount Hood.
All four owners will work at the shop pouring wine and beer
and offering guidance on the selection. September will mark the return of
Cooper’s hosting beer and wine tastings, as well as offering beer and wine by
the glass and charcuterie plates. The wine glass pours consist of four reds,
three whites and a sparkling wine selection and will rotate every week. Tasting
flights are available of any four of the eight glass pours.
The shop will resume hosting wine tastings from local
wineries on the second Friday of each month. The local tastings will begin on
Friday, Oct. 8 with wine from Wy’east Vineyards in Hood River.
“We want to continue to offer an inclusive and open space to
gather in the community. Our goal is to have a business where anyone can show
up and feel welcome,” Dittlinger said.
Community members are invited to come meet the new owners at
the Sept. 10 re-opening party and enjoy live music and food provided from the
Cooper’s Wine Bar and Shop is located at 24540 East Welches
Road in Welches. New hours for the shop in September will be 3-9 p.m. Wednesday
through Friday and 1-9 p.m. Saturday.
Cooper’s offers indoor and outdoor seating.
More information is available on the establishment’s Facebook
page at https://www.facebook.com/cooperswines/ or by phone at 503-662-2025.
By Ben Simpson/MT