The Wine Studio of Gig Harbor is serving up good drinks and good times. The studio, which opened in 2009, underwent a remodel in 2013 to increase space and opportunities for the business.
“We were too small for what we wanted,” said owner Kirsten Perilli. “We wanted to have entertainment, bring in music. We tried it, and it was just too small. There was no storage room. It was tucked in ... people didn’t see us. We wanted to be able to entertain people and possibly bring in food.”
Perilli likens the atmosphere of the studio, located on 3123 56th St. NW, to the famous Boston bar “Cheers,” where everybody knows your name. Perilli and her husband, Richard, bought the business from founder Diana Beck in January of 2012. The taxes and permits required to operate and maintain the business surprised Perilli at first, but she said they adjusted. As the studio began to thrive, the couple opted to remodel and expand the business.
The studio doesn’t make any wine at this time; instead, it sells wine from small wineries around the state. The studio also recently began selling beer on tap, including Gig Harbor’s own 7 Seas. The studio is closed Sunday and Monday, but it is open the rest of the week from 3 to 9 or 10 p.m. It generally stays open a bit later on the weekends.
The studio also features live music, open mic nights, ladies’ nights and other special events. At a monthly vinyl night, the Perillis spin old records.
Patrons can expect to pay $7-11 for a glass of wine and $4-5 for a pint of beer. Perilli said the studio doesn’t want to be a restaurant, but she is looking into some type of food service for the future. Down the road, they’d also like to make their own wine.
The studio hosts a daily happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m.
“It’s one dollar off beer and wine,” Perilli said. “We have a 56-inch TV to watch sports, and other entertainment in here, too. You can choose what you want to watch.”
Perilli said she is also willing to open the studio for private parties, which generally require a $100 down payment.
For now, the studio is happy serving wine and beer amongst friends, with occasional live entertainment sprinkled in.
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