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Coffeehouse approved for wine sales

The aroma of roasted coffee beans and toasted bagels usually fills the coffeehouse at Creekside Books and Coffee.

Usually, there are people sitting throughout the main and the second floor areas with a hot cup of coffee, an iced mocha or some other tempting treat to get the daily juices flowing.

But, wine? Yes, wine, because there now are more choices for those visiting the business on Fennell Street. Owner Erika Davis recently received approval from the liquor authority to serve the fruit-based beverage.

"We are really hoping to enhance the experience at Creekside," she said.

Indulge, enjoy, linger -- a slogan Davis has coined for the cozy caf (c) -- explains the experience she hopes patrons will have. The wine and a new appetizer menu, with foods ranging from a pine nut, olive and basil biscotti with whipped red pepper feta spread to a specialty pizza for two to a locally made cheese plate, are in addition to such events as the regularly scheduled live music concerts.

The decision to add wine to the beverage menu wasn't an overnight snap decision. Davis had been working toward receiving her wine tavern license for the last 18 months or so, which she said is about on course for the liquor authority.

While waiting, the staff went through extensive training, from food preparation to which glasses are used for reds versus whites.

"It takes a lot of training to get everything up and running," Davis said.

With the training out of the way, everyone can get down to business. Patrons can purchase a glass of wine, or a bottle, anytime after noon every day of the week. Varieties come from local winery Anyela's Vineyards and Seneca Falls' Swedish Hill Winery.

"I do look forward to supporting our local wineries," Davis said.

Other varieties come from Italy, Chile and Argentina, providing a wide range of tastes for every palate, or what Davis calls an "eclectic selection."

"We want all this to blend in," she said while sitting at a tall table in the coffeehouse, munching on a fresh batch of the whipped red pepper feta spread. "It still feels simple and casual."

Creekside will be holding an open house in July and Davis said the business will be holding tastings with different wineries down the road. Watch for more information as it become available.

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