March 5, 2011 - By Dennis Phillips, firstname.lastname@example.org
LAKEWOOD - If everything proceeds as planned, there will be a new wine and liquor store along Chautauqua Avenue this summer.
On Monday, the Lakewood Village Board approved a special-use permit application for Samuel Whitmore of Lakewood. Whitmore is in the process of opening the store to mainly sell wine at 119 Chautauqua Ave., Lakewood.
Duane Anderson, village trustee, said Whitmore is planning to carry wine vintages that are not currently available in the area.
Whitmore was not at the meeting to give comment on his new business. However, according to the minutes of the village's Feb. 16 Planning Board meeting, Whitmore said he is going to provide a different, more specialized selection of wine. Whitmore, who said he has worked in the wine business for many years in California, hopes to appeal to both the tourist from Chautauqua Institution during the summer months and local residents year round.
Whitmore said he is going through the application process for a liquor licenses and wants to be able to open his new business by the end of May. He plans to renovate the building for his new wine shop by redoing the floors and installing wood shelves. He said one to two part-time employees also may be hired.
The planning board also approved the special-use permit application.
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