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Wine store pops the cork at new location, grand opening today
Vine & Cheese is holding a grand opening celebration all day Saturday for its new location at 1290 Thompson Bridge Road. - photo by FRANK REDDY

The longtime owner of a wine and cheese business in Gainesville is celebrating the grand opening of his new location all day today.

“It’s a good location, and we’re glad to be here,” said Don Waara, who has been owner of Vine & Cheese for 23 years. The business moved last month literally across the street to its new store at 1290 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville, in the small strip mall beside Publix.

Waara said he got into the business because “when you get the right wine with the right meal or the right cheese, there’s a little bit of magic that happens. It’s sublime.”

He added that he enjoys the fact that “even if you don’t have the greatest palate, you can’t help but notice how some wines go so well together with certain foods.”

He said he enjoys being able to help pass that magic along to his loyal customer base. The new location at 1290 Thompson Bridge Road is the business’ third venue over the course of its 23 years.

The grand opening celebration will be held from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the new location.

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