Boutique wine store approved

The site on Railway Parade in Maylands. Picture: Kristie Lim
The site on Railway Parade in Maylands. Picture: Kristie Lim

WINE lovers will soon be treated to unknown grape varieties at a new boutique wine store in Maylands.

Bayswater Council approved a proposed change of use from a shop to a small liquor store at Lot 447, 211 Railway Parade at its February 11 meeting.

The site, which is owned by councillor Catherine Ehrhardt, who did not vote on the matter, and her brother Andrew, is listed as a classification four heritage place on the City of Bayswater’s Municipal Inventory of Heritage Places.

It is located on a block of three shops built in the 1922.

Tenants and business partners Paul Heatley and Chris Ford will be running the store, which will be called Commune.

The store will focus on wines from small, family-owned producers, run education classes and operate from Wednesdays to Sundays.

Mr Heatley said it was a “great relief” to obtain approval because it was the first time he was forming a liquor store.

“The whole reason why we started the business is that myself and my (business) partner Chris Ford had a long-time passion for wine,” he said.

“Chris has worked in hospitality industry and I am an avid wine collector.

“We usually have wine-involved holidays in wine regions.

“We wanted to bring a different type of wine business to the market.

“We refer ourselves as being the opposite to Dan Murphy’s.

“Our philosophy is that we want to support and sell products that come from independent, family-owned producers that are doing some different things and using grapes from different regions.”

Mr Heatley said the store would also provide education classes to teach people about different types of grapes.

“Education is also important because there is nothing worse than going into a shop and you say to someone, ‘I like to drink x’ and they have no idea what it is and they can’t recommend you anything else,” he said.

“We want to make sure when people come in, they get a good experience and we can talk to them about wine.”

He said he and Mr Ford were waiting to get liquor licence approval from the Department of Racing, Gaming and Liquor.

They are aiming to open the store in about six weeks.

Cr Michelle Sutherland said the store would be a good addition to the community and form a “good synergy” with the nearby Swan Valley wineries.

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