Grab a Bottle and Stay Awhile
Stoney's Wine Lounge slips into something more comfortable with wine, cheese andjazz
It’s been two months since Stoney Savage and his wife, Diana, renovated their wine retail store into a full-fledged lounge dedicated to serving wine fans their favorite bottles with a side of cheese and antipasti in an atmosphere as relaxed as Stoney himself.
Stoney’s Wine Lounge now includes plenty of seating opportunities for dates or small groups and live jazz on the weekends.
We checked in with Savage to see how the new lounge is working out and what’s on the horizon. Regarding the latter: more jazz.
“We have more days filled in October,” Stoney says. “By November, we hope to have [jazz] every Friday and Saturday.”
Stoney says the lounge’s Lakewood location and layout lends itself to lingering, and the transformation was a natural result of “giving the people what they want.”
He says the lounge’s Lakewood location and layout lends itself to lingering, and the transformation was a natural result of “giving the people what they want.” As customers who previously just picked up a bottle transitioned to sticking around and enjoying that wine tout de suite, Stoney realized that the wine list needed to change a bit.
“We’re trying to diversify our wine list and give it a broader depth,” Stoney says. That includes searching for wines across the country and the globe, as well as a wider price range for varying palates and pocketbooks.
Overall, he says that his customers have enjoyed the new wine lounge. As for the Savages, the biggest adjustment they’ve had to make is dealing with the new lounge hours.
“I’ve really had to adjust to staying up late and the lack of sleep,” he says, laughing. “Eleven o’clock can easily turn into 11:30 or midnight.”
Stoney’s Wine Lounge is open 2-11 pm Tuesday through Sunday.