Bridget Michalski, managing partner, Savannah Wine Cellar
5500 Abercorn St., Savannah, GA 31405
A malamute mix named Ranger
what we do
We teach people about wine through tastings. It’s all about the beauty and love of wine. When you come in, you’re buying an experience, whether you enjoy the wine at home—share the right glass of wine with your spouse—or whether it’s a special occasion.
how many bottles on hand
least expensive wine
Mancura from Chile at $6.99 a bottle
most expensive wine
Shafever Hillside Select at $269 a bottle.
I bought the business from the original owner. I’ve worked here for two years, doing tastings and classes. And when my husband retired from the military, it was my dream to own my own business. Wine is a beautiful experience in a bottle. A bottle of wine can tell 1000 stories.
how long in business
The business is five years old. We purchased it in July.
why we’re successful
We love what we do here. We get excited teaching people about wine. I’m very passionate about what I do.
Proper prior planning prevents poor performance. I got that from my dad. It used to be on my refrigerator growing up.
Becoming a business owner. Absolutely.
Maintaining my career while being a military spouse. You move all over the country. I’ve been in the wine business—worked retail, done sales, worked as a winery tasting room manager.
To expand this as much as I can. We want to expand the classes and have events that we will hold at the shop.
tips for other businesses
Just to keep working hard. People say, “What’s it like to own your own business?” It’s a roller coaster. You’re working 24/7. It’s not a job that you can leave and go home. There are always certain challenges like when the computer goes down or when the credit card machine stops working on Black Friday. And getting ready for the hurricane the week leading up to the storm and there’s was work the week afterward.
things to Avoid
Your time is precious. Everything you do has a result. You’ve got to think at the end of the day
Is this making the business successful? I watch a lot less television than I used to.
why the Savannah area works for us?
My husband and I fell in love with it. We’ve lived places around the world…but I love the city, the people. It’s a city but it feels like a small town.
We’re known as the place to taste.
— Lanie Peterson