Olde Towne Liquors, 286 Cambridge St. has undergone a transformation.
The shop is now in a renovated and larger space next door to their previous location of eight years. The new store has more room to house a larger selection of fine wines, spirits and beer and to have wine tastings and classes.
The wine tastings will be conducted by their suppliers. Stonewall kitchen products and Dom's marinated meats are available at competitive prices. Olde Towne also carries a variety of paper products and a good assortment of hot sauces and salsas.
One stop shopping makes life easy for a busy person when planning a party. Olde Towne Liquors has gone from a basic small neighborhood liquor store to a place to pick out something special in the way of wine, beer or spirits and the accompaniments that go with it. Gift baskets are available for that special gift which customers can put together with their own choices of wines and other products, if they prefer.
Michael, William and Nick Toulopoulos are the owners of Olde Towne Liquors. It's a family business that's been handed down. Michael is the youngest of the three, working at Olde Towne Liquors during the day and the family's restaurant in Billerica, Newtowne Grille, at night.
It is good to be busy, he said, explaining his family has always been in the liquor or restaurant business. The original Newtowne Grille is in Cambridge and was opened in 1966 by his grandfather. The name, "Newtowne" came from the name used at the time for the combined cities of Cambridge and Newton. The family also owned 129 Liquors in Billerica in the 1980's.
Stellar customer service is high priority with Toulopoulos.
"We treat people right," Michael said, "and want our customers to have an enjoyable experience in our store."The enthusiasm is obvious as anyone can tell that Toulopoulos loves what he does. If a customer needs to find the ingredients to a certain drink or is looking for a particular item, Toulopoulos will help find the ingredients and or item the customer needs. Olde Towne also offers free consultations for setting up a bar.
The expanded wine selection is being continually added to based on current trends and customer requests.
On staff at Olde Towne Liquors is Laura Waugh, who helps customers with their wine purchases. She is knowledgeable about the many wines stocked in the new wine store.
June 1, 2011