Beer enthusiasts just got a new reason to come to Olde Towne East. And Olde Towne East enthusiasts just gained another reason to drink more beer.
Corner Stone is the name of a new craft beer and wine retail shop opening at the corner of Oak and Parsons in mid-February. The business is a new venture from the owners of The Tavern, a popular new bar and restaurant that opened a few blocks away on Oak Street last spring.
“It’s no secret that we love Olde Towne East,” said Corner Stone co-owner Krista Sparks. “We are all long-time residents of the neighborhood, and we have often griped about having to drive outside of OTE to buy good wine or beer to enjoy at home. We decided to open the Corner Stone in order to provide residents with a more convenient and unintimidating shopping destination for wine and craft beer.”
Corner Stone will open with over 450 different bottled wines and 200 different beers. Discounts will be offered for case purchases, and beers can be combined to create mix-and-match six packs.
“Although the main focus will be retail, we will have a cozy bar area for guests to relax in and sample new beers and wines,” said Sparks. “Our main goal is to provide a super comfortable environment for people to browse, ask questions, learn more from our staff, and pick the perfect beer or wine to take home.”
The draft selection will feature a rotating group of six beers available for growler fills.
“Our drafts will focus on limited releases, draft-only offerings, and local beers,” said Sparks. “In addition, we will carry a small assortment of wine and beer-related gifts.”
Corner Stone will be the latest to open in a string of new beer-centric businesses that include The Daily Growler, BRU and Seventh Son. The group will also soon be joined by The Pint House Beer Garden this spring. The owners of Corner Stone see the growing trend as a positive thing for the community.
“Tasting beer has become as complex an art as tasting wine,” said Sparks. “And as great local breweries continue to pop up in Columbus, people will continue to grow more passionate about beer.”
Once open in mid-February, Corner Stone will operate Monday through Thursday from 11am to 9pm, Friday and Saturday from 11am to 10pm, and closed on Sunday.
More information can be found online at www.cornerstonecolumbus.com.