By TAYLOR HARTZ
A new business owner in town is pairing up with two other businesses this month to offer wine and beer tastings at the Cork n’ Cap, Southington’s newest spirit shop.
Douglas Galullo, who opened his Queen Street store just two months ago, will host two events—a tasting with wine label “90+” on Oct. 15, and an evening of Two Roads brews on Oct. 19.
Galullo, who spent 17 years working in his family business and eight years as an officer with the Waterbury Police Department, said he is embracing the network of small Southington shops.
“I want to support local business,” said Galullo.
On Oct. 29th, local Stratford brewers will bring samples of their Two Roads brews to town, followed by a sale of the product at a discounted price.
Though the Allston, Mass., based wine label is a bit less local, Galullo said the business offers a great selection of “brand name” and “expensive California wines” without the high price tag.
Described by Galullo as a “unique” label—the wine enthusiasts travel to different wineries to purchase leftover grapes for their own wine.
“Basically it’s the juice from the more expensive bottles, but you’re paying half the price,” explained Galullo.
Having only been in business for two months, Galullo has wasted no time teaming up with other business owners. Recently, Cork n’ Cap joined Mickey Blake’s cigar lounge’s Oktoberfest, where Galullo provided them with a half-keg of Two Roads’ Oktoberfest brew.
“I think especially with smaller businesses like myself, the more we team up and work in conjunction with each other the better,” said Galullo.
“It’s a good relationship, we have a back and forth working to help each other.”
A life-long Waterbury resident, the new owner said he and his wife are looking forward to moving their family to Southington.
“We like the town of Southington,” he said, “The people that I’ve met so far in the store seem wonderful.”
Galullo plans to grow his family and new spirit business in town and hopes the community will continue to share his philosophy that business owners should support own another, rather than compete.