|Jeffrey T Durbin ~ President:
I would like to welcome you to The Gourmet Grape, Inc. It is with great pride and excitement to have the opportunity to provide a retail establishment that sets the customer as its first priority. Raised in Louisville, Kentucky, my mother and father taught me the values to work hard, enjoy life and live out my dreams. After spending seventeen years in the optical industry, I was laid off due to the downturn in the economy. Weighing out our options and realizing the shortfall in customer service in most retail, Mike and I decided to open a retail store. Following our hearts and passion, we came up with a wine and gift store called The Gourmet Grape. We opened our doors on May 16th, 2003. It has been a long road as well as a great experience. We hope you will enjoy our store, the wine and our eclectic assortment of accessories. Most of all we hope you will become and feel like part of our family at The Gourmet Grape. Cheers!!
|Michael S Banko ~ Vice-President:
Hello, and welcome to our shoppe! Having grown up in a small beachside village on the east coast of Florida, I never expected to find myself living in Chicago. I came here in 1998 through a corporate job transfer from Denver, and I, like Jeff, was also laid off. Taking advantage of our time with corporate America, we rewarded ourselves with many trips to America's best wine growing regions and lots of good wine. Opening an establishment like this seemed like the next logical step, and we knew we could set ourselves apart in the retail world through our philosophy of how guests should feel when they visit us. Many of our customers have become dear friends, and that has been the biggest reward and best return for all of the stress and exhaustion running a retail store gives. So stop in, whether to purchase, to browse, to just say hi, or to visit our dog (he loves company). Probst!!
|Little Sterling (he's so tiny) ~ Mascot: The real reason to visit The Gourmet Grape, Inc.|