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            MICHAEL-TOWNE

WINES & SPIRITS

Est. 1934

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Photo Credits: Bret Williams of Brooklyn Heights

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73 Clark Street, corner of Henry Street | Brooklyn, NY 11201
Tel: 718-875-3667 | (347) 497-6165
e-mail: MichaelTowneWine@aol.com
 
Hours: 10a.m.-10p.m., Mon-Sat
In-Store Wine Tasting(s):  Daily 5-8 p.m.  | Saturdays 4- 7 p.m.
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About:

Michael-Towne Wines & Spirits, situated in the historic - Hotel St. George, was has been serving the Brooklyn Brownstone Community (including Brooklyn Heights, Park Slope, Boreum Hill, Carroll Gardens and Greater Brooklyn) for over 75 years. Originally established in 1934, the store is housed in a landmark property in one of the original landmark communities in all of New York City. Updated and modernized inside, the store maintains an extensive inventory of domestic and international wines from California to South Africa as well as Europe.  Michael Towne also carries organic and kosher wines to suit every palate and price point.  

PERSONAL SERVICE: If you would like or require something special, contact Michael Towne. Better yet, visit their wine tastings every Thursday and Friday (5 to 8 PM) and Saturdays (4 to 7 PM) to experience some of the greatest wines and spirits produced. From management to the experienced staff, Michael Towne is dedicated to improving service, products and appearance. Michael Towne welcomes your business, but more importantly they will never take it for granted. Hours: Monday through Saturday 10 AM to 10 PM Sundays 12 PM to 6 PM

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Experience: The Management Team at Michael-Towne has combined over 100 years in the Wine & Spirits Industry


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History: Michael-Towne Wine & Spirits was originally established in 1934. After the repeal of Prohibition, Towne Wines & Spirits became the 65th store to obtain a license to operate in New York State. In 2001 Towne Wine & Spirits combined with Michaels Wines et. al. also of Brooklyn Heights.


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BROOKLYN HEIGHTS

Did Cartier-Bresson Start This Way?

Joyce Dopkeen/The New York Times

David Sassoon, who is seeking a book deal via his local liquor store.

 

By JAKE MOONEY
Published: April 4, 2004 
 
Under the red neon sign of the old 
St. George Hotel in Brooklyn Heights, the display window of Michael-Towne Wines and Spirits holds a California chardonnay, a Clarksburg syrah and a Long Island merlot. Most distinctive, though, is the Nepalese photography.

Tucked under a row of bottles on the store's Clark Street side, just steps from the entrance to the subway station downstairs, is one of the area's most oddly situated, and surprisingly successful, art exhibits. One picture among the bottles shows a long-haired mystic, another the rubble of a 1934 earthquake in Katmandu. A third is labeled, "Caretaker, Scalp and Pawbones of the Yeti."

They are the work of David Sassoon, who toured Nepal, Tibet, India and Egypt in the early 1980's, shooting his own pictures and gathering others that had been preserved for a half century on delicate glass-plate negatives, the work of long-dead native photographers. Mr. Sassoon brought the pictures home to New York in 1984, displayed them from time to time, and even put together a book proposal.

But after a while, he recalled, "I really had to pursue a career, and life took over." The pictures went into a trunk, and he shifted his focus to his work in journalism and, later, public relations. For almost 20 years, not much happened - until three weeks ago, when Mr. Sassoon, fresh from leaving a job with a large public relations firm, newly rededicated to his photography and still hoping for a book deal, put them on display at the liquor store up the street from his apartment.

In a way, it was a perfect fit. The store's owners had recently begun showing local artists' work in an effort to reach out to the community, and the business, Mr. Sassoon knew, has a prime location and an affluent clientele. There are $6 bottles but also $250 bottles, and literary figures who lived in the neighborhood include W.H. Auden and Norman Mailer.

It was an odd way to get his art seen, but he figured it was worth a try. "I thought, throw it in the window, and somebody who knows publishing might be able to give me a lead," Mr. Sassoon said. Since then, all 100 of the business cards that he left at the store's counter have been snapped up, and some people have asked about donating old pictures to his nonprofit Lost Light Preservation Project.

"People are seeing it, and I'm getting calls, and it's leading somewhere," he reported, a touch of wonder in his voice.

At the store, Chris London, an employee, said the exhibit's success didn't surprise him in the least. "I'm surprised that more artists haven't wanted to have their work on display," he said. "I mean, it's not a museum or an art gallery, but I would venture a guess that more people in the community would see it here."

 

 

 


LONDON NETWORK REVIEW 

A CLASSIC & MODERN WINE ENTERPRISE

Proving that more than A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Michael-Towne succeeds as being far more than a mere wine or liquor store. Of course as you would expect there is an extensive selection of the world’s best wines, including some rare and hard to find vintages but they also have a great selection of old standby’s. Michael Towne maintains an extensive inventory of domestic and international product. On a recent visit, a cursory review of the store inventory I found product from California to Oregon, Long Island and the Finger Lakes in New York to Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Italy, Germany and France. They also carry a selection of wines, including Organic and Kosher Wine, to suit nearly every palate and price point.

Michael-Towne is located in the historic Hotel St. George, a classic space that while technologically modernized also meshes in well with the classic flavor of  Brooklyn Heights. The work of local artists is on display. Filling the air is  the music of Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Sara Brightman, Billie Holiday, Dean Martin, the soundtrack from Moonstruck, select Jazz as well as The Beatles

Michael Towne is a pillar business of the Brooklyn Heights community; one that is singularly devoted to serving their existing, expanding and evolving customer base. Staff is always friendly and helpful without being annoying or overbearing. That was my experience working there during a transitional period of my life after 9/11, it has been my experience on subsequent visits to the store as well as from feedback gathered from those who I have recommended to patronize Michael Towne.  The store has Cheers Bar like vibe where employees assist shoppers as they would friends. In fact, we often took note of recommendations from customers and reminded them that if they did not find what they were looking for  “we can either order it for you or take your request under consideration to add to our stock.”

The weekly Wine Tasting's every Thursday, Friday & Saturday between 5-8 pm are well attended by locals. In addition to these weekly wine tastings for their customers, they also appear to regularly evaluate the market, strategically seek opportunities to expand and/or upgrade the collection. Michael-Towne Wine & Spirits is thus not a static institution but very much a perpetual work in progress, evolving with the times, the market and staying on top of the industry and their customer base. Once they gain your patronage, I would venture to say that they are not likely to lose you as a customer.

--Christopher London, Founder, London Network, NYC (former interim employee)


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