Two boutique wine producers that jointly operate the Marketplace Wine Bar in downtown Spokane have bought a nearby building and plan to move their wine production and retail operations.
The wineries, Padrta Cellars LLC, which does business as Bridge Press Cellars, and Emvy Cellars LLC plan to move into the Foresters Hall of America building at 35 W. Pacific, says Mark Wilkerson, who owns Emvy with his wife, Valerie. Brian and Melody Padrta own Bridge Press.
The Foresters building is on the same block as the Marketplace Wine Bar, which currently occupies about 1,500 square feet of leased space at 32 W. Second.
The building, which was built in 1910, has three floors, including its basement, with a total of 20,000 square feet of floor space, Wilkerson says. The wineries plan to use the ground floor and basement for winemaking, retail space, and storage.
Mauer Construction Inc., of Spokane, is outfitting the building for the planned production and sales operations. The wineries also are working with Jerry Shogan Architect, of Colbert, on the design for the wineries.
The wineries plan in a later phase to restore the top floor as an events center, which would seat up to 400 people.
The wineries plan to begin moving into the building in March and to start making wine there next fall, Wilkerson says.
Emvy and Bridge Press had made their wine at the Mountain Dome Winery facilities northeast of Spokane. Don Townsend, a longtime Spokane winemaker, bought Mountain Dome last year.
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