CUYAHOGA FALLS, Ohio — Downtown Cuyahoga Falls in February can be a dreary place. There is traffic, but the outdoor patios and benches are covered in snow.
There are a variety of shops and businesses here. You can get coffee, lunch or dinner, even gourmet popcorn, and now wine.
Magna Wine Boutique is open for business.
Dre' Wiley co-owns the shop with his wife Brittany. "We have South America, Asia, Europe, North America, and we have a home section which is near and dear to us."
They have a diverse selection from seven regions around the World. You can find reds, whites, and pinks. Even Sake'.
Each bottle contains a story.
Dre and his wife Brittany not only offer wines to customers, but their history as well. Dre' continues, "They are very surprised that a small farming family from a small country somewhere in the middle of South America can create such a gorgeous bottle of wine but the contents inside the wine are special."
Behind the counter, Dre is teaching one of his employees about different wines. "This is just one of those you can learn off of," he says.
Educating customers about their ever-changing selection turns them into explorers. Through tastings and their monthly wine club they can tour the world in a glass.
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Their original location is in downtown Bedford and the popularity of wine has increased over the past year, so they figured why not expand?
Dre' and Brittany keep a variety of wines and ready to welcome the community to their new shop. "As you can see here, there's not a lot of shelves, but the wines on those shelves mean so much to us. A lot of them have stories, a lot are small batches. They're all very special wins you need to come in and try," he says.
Magna's specialty niche' brings something new to this community, and they can't wait to share their passion with customers. "I think what we bring to the table is a product here and a location and a community effort to bring people together over a glass of wine."
A sentiment we can all raise a glass to.
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Editor's Note: The below story aired on January 29, 2021