PourWorks owner Dave Hartman says there isn't anything like his new bottle shop in the area.
Planted on East Six Forks Road near Atlantic Avenue in Raleigh, PourWorks' neighbors are a Bojangles' and a Han Dee Hugo's convenience store. That's what he was looking for.
"When we were looking for locations that one came to the front of the line really because there is nothing there," owner Dave Hartman told the 919 Beer Podcast. "It's really a void in terms of commercial space."
But the area is growing: Hartman said there's roughly 2,000 to 2,500 resident packed in the area. Three apartment buildings and a handful of offices provide an audience within walking distance of the young business.
Belinda Reynolds, who worked with Hartman on the shop, said there's a wide variety of beer and wine to choose from, but they try to keep the offerings focused on family operations.
"Everything that we've brought in, from the wine to cider, mead to beer, it's all family owned and operated," Reynolds said. "We are truly supporting independently owned operations, as we are ourselves."
PourWorks carries about 200 to 300 products, but they also have 10 taps. Hartman said the smaller number helps keep the inventory fresh.
"What we really wanted to do was have relevant products that are unique and that people can't just go down to Kroger or around the corner to Trader Joe's and find," Hartman said. "These are kind of true little hidden gems."