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B'ville:Butterfly Liquors knows their stuff

Nancy Moynihan prides herself on the variety of unique and difficult to find product available at her store, Butterfly Liquors.

Obscure liquors such as Grappa, an Italian liquor made from left over grape skins, Pinnacle Vodka and Thousand Island wines are readily available at the family run business.

"Our average customer comes in to try something new or different that they can't find anywhere else," said Linda Young, Moynihan's daughter. "People don't even know you can get Thousand Island wines locally."

With their large selection and growing customer base, it wasn't a surprise when the business outgrew its former space. Opening more than 25 years ago, Butterfly Liquors moved to the space next door on Feb. 1 to meet the growing demand from customers and provide a more pleasant shopping experience.

"We outgrew the old space," Young said. "It became hard to find and see things so we wanted to offer customers a more comfortable shopping experience. The new place offers twice as much space."

The family business is run by Moynihan, Young, Laura Young (Young's daughter) and Jean Young.

"Jean has been with my mom since the beginning and is a great asset to the store," Young said.

During the holidays, the group was busy constructing and painting the new place, while still operating the former store next door. A grand opening will be held April 13 to 20 to celebrate the move and the weeklong event will feature reduced priced items and specials throughout the store, daily wine tasting and raffles and champagne tasting.

"We've gotten a lot of compliments on the new store," Young said. "People say it is brighter and bigger with more room."

Quick success

Moynihan used to work in an office and, according to her daughter, one day she decided it was time to open her own business.

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