BOONVILLE — A change of ownership has taken place at one of Boonville’s most recognizable shops.
David Leffingwell has sold Wine and Spirits at 130 Main to Fred Squicciarini. Leffingwell opened the store in 2009 and operated it until its recent sale. The store features a large variety of wines and spirits, including an extensive selection of premium, locally made New York State wines.
Squicciarini is pleased to take over.
“We have an amazing wine selection for a store this size,” Squicciarini said. “We also have ever-increasing selections on whiskies, bourbons, and ryes.”
Squicciarini said the employees, Sherry, Maxine, and Terry are a huge part of the store’s success. Wine and Spirits at 130 Main is open from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m, Monday through Saturday; and from 12 p.m. until 6 p.m. Sunday.
Squicciarini knew he wanted to own his own business. His search had spanned the state before he finally found Wine and Spirits at 130 Main. He noticed the liquor store was for sale while delivering goods in Boonville during his previous occupation as a truck driver.
“The minute I walked into this store I knew this was it,” Squicciarini said. “Liquor stores are hard to come by. They don’t come up for sale very often, especially a store that is this well organized, well run, with the client base they have. You couldn’t find a better community to run a business in.”
Leffingwell said that he knew instantly too.
“The first time I met Fred I knew he would own this liquor store,” Leffingwell said. “He will fit in great with the community.”
Wine and Spirits at 130 Main’s new owner is happy to be in Boonville.
“I’ve been overwhelmed with the welcome I’ve received from the customers,” he said. “Obviously they are sad to see Dave go, but they have been so friendly and curious about who I am and wanting to share their stories and history with the store. When you buy a business and you are not too familiar with the area you don’t know what you’re going to run into but everyone has been so kind and welcoming and supportive that it has been a great experience.”
Currently Squicciarini has been travelling back and forth between his home in Rochester and Boonville. He hopes to purchase a home in the area soon and relocate with his fiancé permanently.
“We have really found a home here,” he said. “This is going to be a new start for us.”