On July 31, with their renovation work finally complete, Telina Rohrer and her husband Dan Kunnecke have opened Mom and Pop Wine Shop in the Roseway neighborhood. By qualifying for a matching grant from Metro’s Storefront Revitalization program and working together with property owner Linda Bowers of Rose City Tax and Accounting, the couple has made significant improvements to the former AA Insurance space at 6908 N.E. Sandy Blvd., doing much of the work themselves.
“We love living here and are so excited to work in the neighborhood we call home,” said Telina Rohrer. “We love Mekha Noodle Bar. They’ve been really good stewards for our neighborhood. I have a wine here that I think is fantastic with their Mi Quang – a tumeric-infused, flat, egg-noodle dish in a really rich pork and shrimp broth. Clark at Pizzeria Otto was instrumental in helping me find the contractor that we used for our exterior work, so we love Otto’s and the Roseway Play Cafe and Annie’s Doughnuts for the French Crullers – when you can get them. They’re the best and they always sell out. I walk everyday from our house down to Case Study Coffee. They’re the friendliest coffee shop in the city. There’s no pretense and their coffee is amazing.”
The Rohrers’ neighborhood wine shop is now open on Wednesdays through Sundays, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and later on Friday evenings for special tasting events.
“Our Friday tastings will be casual, drop-in style from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m.,” said Rohrer. “I’ll probably crack three or four selections every week and we’ll have snacks. I’m envisioning it as a chance for neighbors to relax and greet each other. Eventually we’ll do more-guided, sit-down tastings for ten to 12 people on Tuesdays or on another weeknight.”
“This is a really, really good wine shop that I expect to visit many times in the future,” said Roseway neighbor Josh Berkus. “Their selection is mainly quality wines under $20. Many are imports – but a few are local – and all of them are carefully picked by the owners. You can easily get a $10 wine that you could serve to guests. The shop also sells wood-fired ceramics, crafted by one of the owners. Speaking as a potter, these are really well-made – and just as affordable as the wines. I know we would have welcomed any new business to the neighborhood, but we lucked out and got one which it’s worth going out of your way for.”
“I’ve seen wine become a part of American life,” said Rohrer. “A lot of the dusty elitism of wine has been swept away and it’s something you can have at the table everyday. I want to talk to regular folks about wine. I want to talk to my neighbors about the wines that excite me, that I drink, that are affordable, and that are food-friendly. That’s my starting point. I want to get to know my neighbors and to know what they like. There’s a space in the market, I think, for small wine shops who can have a vibrant, constantly-changing selection and that’s where we’ll fit in.”
Kunnecke is an accomplished potter. He grew up in Japan, where he apprenticed under a famous potter, and he studied pottery at the University of Chicago, where he met Telina. His work is on display, and for sale, at the shop. The Rohrers plan to feature the work of other artists as the shop evolves. The Rohrers moved to Roseway three and half years ago, shortly after their son Francis was born.
“We wanted a small house on a big lot, so we were shopping in Cully and Roseway and Madison South,” said Rohrer. “We ended up buying our house in Roseway from the grandson of the original owner. He had so many great things to share about the neighborhood and all our neighbors are just fantastic. They’ve all been there for a long time and we hope to do that too.”
For more information, call 503-913-4929 or visit www.momandpopwineshop.com.