We have relocated to 461 Harrison Avenue. We are still unpacking and getting the new store set up. We hope to be open by October 11th. The amount of labor involved in the move was way underestimated as was the amount of time needed to get set up. We will only be able to open the retail portion of the business in the beginning. We will continue to work on the Wine And Craft Beer Bar as well as the two decks. Once on Harrison continue past 5th Street. We are the 4th business on the right...faded red canopy. If you come in from Grace Ave, we do have parking and an entrance in the back parking area. Waiting for our sign to be approved.
We arrived in Panama City Beach December 2005, moving from Boone, N.C. The Wine Dog opened for business in early July of 2006.
We knew we wanted to start our own business but it took some thinking to come up with the idea of wine and cigars. The initial plan grew to cheeses, accessories, gift baskets and then later, craft beer.
Once the concept was born we needed a location. As a native Floridian, I have lived in many a tourist town. Locals will avoid places that are in the midst of the tourist attractions. We wanted to appeal to both the locals and the tourists, so we chose to go in town to Panama City, where locals live and the tourists visit.
Our name, The Wine Dog, was chosen because the business name is supposed to say something about what the business is...WINE...and the DOG part came about because we wanted to use the store to raise funds for homeless animals. We had been involved in animal rescue prior to moving to Bay County and wanted to continue helping to raise awareness. Our logo is a caricature of our dog Rufus, who is no longer with us. He was our first foster dog....who never left. lol
Our thought was that we would do fundraisers at the store and hoped that over time when people thought of The Wine Dog, they would think not only wine, beer and cigars, but would think about homeless animals. Most any day you stop in the store, one of our dogs is hanging out. Usually that would be Henry or Ashley. Their job is to meet and greet the customers and they take it very seriously. In fact they are pretty much a fixture in the store and on the days one or the other is not there, customers ask about them. I do enjoy having them there and it brings me great joy to see how they bring a smile to so many people.
Almost all of the wine in the store is hand selected and tasted by myself and our staff. We offer every day wines at every day prices, cellar wines, and a collection of "killer Wines" that are award winning best buys that are from $8.00 to $16.00.
We offer a wine and dining room, an outside bistro deck and a cigar lounge where you can sit and enjoy a glass of wine or a beer, maybe a gourmet cheese plate, hummus plate or chips and dip The store was designed to feel comfortable with the idea that it would be a place that people enjoy hanging out, meet up with their friends, or a place to make new friends.
The store has grown to be everything we hoped it would be and we are an important part of the animal community raising over $22,000 annually for local animal non profits. We have become friends with many of our customers and our lives have become enriched because of all the people who share a bit of themselves when they come in to shop. Life is good..
Our logo is a caricature of him.