Matt Lazarski had always wanted his own beverage business.
Working for other successful locally-owned enterprises-a liquor distributor, a bar/restaurant and a retail beverage outlet-he developed and honed the skills he knew he would need.
In 2011, after a 37 year run, the owner of Park Ridge Liquors announced that he wanted to retire. Matt, with the encouragement and support of his wife, Jen, also a successful business owner, seized the opportunity. The Bottle Stop was born.
The fresh paint was barely dry when Big Brothers and Big Sisters asked for them to participated in their Taste of the Town fundraiser. Than three months later, he joined the Portage County Business Council as exclusive wine sponsor for Wines of the World.
Now after four “Best Beverage” awards at the Taste, 2012 Entrepreneur of the Year/five Wines of the World with PCBC and the 2015 birth of twins, The Bottle Stop has turned five.
To celebrate, their free monthly wine tasting, August 25th 4:00-7:00 p.m., will be the biggest and best yet. Featured will be offerings from several wine vendors, Central Waters Brewery craft beers along with food, raffles and door prizes.
Matt was asked the keys to his success, “Informed customer service is critical. Our loyal customers frequently look to us for advice. Our monthly newsletter, which includes Chicago Bill’s Say Vino advisory column, reaches over 500 households and our Facebook page has over 1,300 followers. But also important are our close vendor relationships and ‘giving back’, being involved in community service.”
Matt and Jen hope to see all their friends and customers for the opportunity to say “Thank you”.