The “two Alans” didn’t always know each other. Alan Short and Alan Glass met about 35 years ago when they were dating their respective wives, Suzanne and Beth, who have been friends since grade school.
As their friendship grew, so did their shared interest in wine. Many weekends were spent tasting and enjoying wines from around the world.
Over time, they discussed the dissatisfaction with their respective jobs and the possibility of going into business together.
“What should we do?” they wondered.
Alan Short was CFO of a produce company and Alan Glass was sales manager for a prestigious wine company.
“How about a retail wine and liquor store?”
Within the year, Star was up and running.
The first location of Star Wines & Liquors, a 2,500 square-foot store in the Stop & Shop Plaza in Monroe, was quickly outgrown.
After two years, the store moved to a 5,000 square-foot location in the same plaza.
As the community grew, so did Star Wines & Liquors.
Another move was in order and in November 2002, Star Wines & Liquors unveiled its new, 10,000 square-foot. store, which is one of the largest discount wine and liquor stores in New York State.
As the business grew so did the talented management team, The Two Alans and Beth extended their team to include: Kevin Cleary and Cristy McCarthy, Co-Directors: Lisa Dietrich, Internet Manager: and Karen Grant, Office Manager. In addition to the management, Star has employed many local people as cashiers and stockers, some of whom have grown into cherished friends.
As they celebrate their 25th anniversary in business, Suzanne and Alan Short and Beth and Alan Glass have kept the family atmosphere they had from the very beginning.
They are very grateful for the support of the community and from all their loyal customers. Over the years, Alan, Alan Suzanne and Beth have taken the opportunity to give back to the community by volunteering their time and donating products and gift cards to many charities. Helping the community is something they feel very strongly about.
The “Grand Tasting” on Saturday, Aug. 10, will be a celebration of the past 25 years.
"We look forward to seeing familiar faces," the two Alans said, "as well as newcomers to the community.”