3 Parks Wine Shop, the Glenwood Park wine shop owned by Sarah Pierre, is expanding to a second location along the Eastside Beltline this summer with more outdoor seating and daily wine flights.
Located off of the central plaza below the offices of MailChimp at the emerging mega-development owned by New City Properties, the Old Fourth Ward shop is double the size of its Glenwood Park counterpart. The larger footprint allows for a dedicated private events space to host a growing number of party and tasting requests and for Pierre to begin offering 3 Park’s popular weekend wine flights daily on the patio in the Old Fourth Ward. A grab-and-go section at the new shop will sell tinned fish, crackers, and pre-made charcuterie boxes.
Like the Glenwood Park location, which hosts wine flights Friday, Saturday, and Sunday afternoons, the daily wine flights at the Old Fourth Ward shop will be $15 per person for three pours of a trio of chosen wines. Pierre is also considering hosting wine seminars and classes at the new location.
“We just celebrated 10 years [in Glenwood Park] and are busier than ever, so it’s definitely time to be taking the next step,” Pierre says. “It was time to expand.”
Pierre, whose hospitality career includes stints at Twist Restaurant and Lounge, Houston’s, Bacchanalia, and Maialino in New York, opened 3 Parks Wine Shop in 2013 with the goal of making wine more accessible by breaking down the pretense typically associated with drinking and purchasing wine. Carrying a varied selection of Old and New World wines, minimal-intervention wines, and wines by small producers and Black winemakers, many bottles at 3 Parks average between $20 and $30. The shop features three monthly wine club options and half-case package deals, including six bottles for $60.
The wine flights at 3 Parks continue the mission to educate, giving people the opportunity to ask questions while Pierre and her team discuss what they’re pouring during tastings. People often end up purchasing one or more of the wines in the flight.
“We need to be focusing on our friends, our neighbors, everyday people who enjoy a glass of wine on occasion or with dinner,” says Pierre. “The wine industry has focused too long on one group of people or demographic and made people feel uncomfortable and intimidated about wine.”
“I’m excited to be opening [at the New City development] and am thankful for the opportunity to continue in the Old Fourth Ward with what made us successful in Glenwood for a decade.”
Described as a “12-acre, modernist mini-city” on the Eastside trail, the New City complex will include a stair-stepped apartment building and retail complex and three office towers featuring outdoor plazas, a large central staircase leading down from the Beltline, and other public spaces. Live music venue and bar Venkman’s, owned by Yacht Rock Revue members Nicholas Niespodziani and Peter Olson, could eventually reopen as part of the New City development some time in the next two years.