The Grape Life Wine Store & Lounge
Locally Owned and Operated by Diane and Kevin Koster
To start, if you haven’t visited this local establishment, YOU NEED TO!
The Grape Life is this amazing wine store & lounge located right by the intersection of East Kimberly Rd. and Elmore Ave. in Davenport, IA. The owners (Diane and Kevin) are always there to greet you, get to know you, and ensure that you have a wonderful experience at The Grape Life- how awesome! Diane and Kevin Koster have been married for almost 15 years (CONGRATS) and have been running The Grape Life for just over 3 years now! (Even more CONGRATS!) Diane moved to the Quad Cities a little over 35 years ago and Kevin, around 18. Although Diane and Kevin aren’t the founders of the store, they were the perfect fit at just the right time when the original owners were looking to sell. (And we’re so glad they were!) How lucky are we to have such a great team running such a cool business right here in our very own Quad Cities?!
We got the opportunity to do a Q & A with these two, and this is what they had to say!
What inspired you to open up a wine store & lounge?
We actually purchased an existing business from the original owners a little over 3 years ago because of our love of wine and our long-time desire to be small business owners. We changed very little about the concept, as it was very successful and mostly enhanced what was started by the original owners.
When did you know you wanted to create a business out of this?
It was perfect timing and the original business owners were looking for a specific buyer. Boutique wines, offered in our unique atmosphere is a unique concept in the Quad Cities. No one offers what we do. Our music scene provides a beautiful, intimate lounge atmosphere for both our area musicians to perform in and for our customers to sit back, relax and enjoy some amazing music.
What makes your small business unique?
We offer unique wines from all over the world, not typically found in the local stores. We have a lounge atmosphere perfect for catching up with a friend, small meetings or intimate gatherings. Our live music scene showcases our amazing Quad City area musicians. In addition to unique wines from all over the world, we offer craft beer and high-end liquors. Our bourbon offerings have become very popular.
What is your favorite wine you have ever come across?
There are so many! Most recently, a bourbon barrel aged Zinfandel from the Lodi region of California.
What is your overall goal with The Grape Life Wine Store & Lounge? What type of vibe do you want your store to give off and what type of experience should customers expect?
Our goal is to continue to bring amazing wines to our customers, provide quality music to enjoy and educate the community on the joys of drinking an amazing bottle of wine. Our vibe changes, depending on the time of day or day of the week. If you are at the Grape Life for a bridal shower, it is intimate and charming. If you are here after work, it’s a great place to just wind down. If you are here during a night of live music, it’s a great place to chill with friends and family.
If the Quad Cities needed to know one thing about your small business, what would it be?
We (the owners) are there 99% of the time. We want to get to know you, share our wonderful wines, educate and expand your palate. When you walk through the door, we will welcome you by name!
Why did you choose to pursue running your own business as opposed to working for someone else in a similar line of work?
We have both worked for others our entire careers. Kevin still does. Diane is the boss and in charge. It’s nice not to have to answer to anyone else (except each other.) We have learned so much over the years, and know what we need to do to be successful small business owners.
What is your favorite part about being located in the Quad Cities?
We are both long-time Quad Citizens and we love the area. No one else brings to the community what we offer. The people here are so friendly and approachable. Our customers become our friends.
What is your favorite part about running a wine store & lounge?
Meeting new people, tasting amazing wines and being a small business owner in a great community!
Is there anything else you would like to add?
We offer our space for private events and are willing and able to track down and special order that specific bottle of wine you might be looking for. We have a monthly wine club for those wanting to try different wines or simply add to their collection.
Thank you so much, Diane and Kevin, for giving us the opportunity to get to know you and your business a little better! We wish you the best of luck in the future and can’t wait to see you next time we stop in!
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