Neighbors in Business – Wines on Main

Wines on Main, 110 N. Main Street, Chelsea, MI  48118 | 734.562.2264 |

The world of wine is a wonderful world of flavors, food pairings, vintages, grape varieties, growing regions and fun. In 2017, Pam Conn established her corner in the world of wine at Wines on Main in Chelsea. 

She and her husband Bill Conn renovated the building that previously housed Chelsea Hardware. Pam opened a wine shop and Bill moved the Mule Skinner Boot Shop to a new location right next door. Pam has a passion for architecture, historic preservation, beauty and creativity. This passion is reflected in the wine shop’s décor, with beautiful antiques that have been transformed into showcases for the hand-selected boutique wines, and in the hand painted walls that look like aged, exposed plaster. When you stop in you will see quality art hung on the hand-painted walls that include Chelsea Painters Artists.  

Pam grew up in St. Clair Shores, Michigan, and her life’s journey took her overseas, to Seattle and Baltimore and ultimately made her way to Chelsea in 1999.  She describes her venture into wine as “getting into the discovery business”. She started as a full-time wine discovery student and surrounds herself with knowledgeable sommelier’s and wine distributors who have brought insights into unique characteristics of each grape, each vineyard and each region the grapes are grown.  

Wines on Main has a Wine Club and hosts frequent “Wine Tastings”. A recent featured wine was nominated the Best Wine at the 2018 Canberra International Riesling Challenge, Arcturos Dry Riesling. The 20-year old grower-owned winery is in Traverse City, Michigan. Wines on Main specializes in hand-selected boutique wines and provides their customers with opportunities to learn and appreciate the world of wine by participating in wine tastings and the Wine Club. 

Pam shared that what she loves most about Wines on Main is “our new friends and customers, they are wonderful people who create the spirit of our Shop”. She also loves to hear people’s stories over a glass of wine sitting at the beautiful elongated bar. 

Wines on Main will identify and share perfect pairings with featured wines. They assist their customers who are new to the wine tasting process by helping to recognize and evaluate wines by color, smell and taste. For those who have a more experienced palate, they share knowledge and impressions of wine and perhaps introduce a new grape or region. 

Wines on Main is also the home of Wines on Main Bourbon Club. The membership has grown since its first tasting May 2018, Members have been exposed to a wide variety of unique small batch bourbons where everyone gets to score the tastings based on their personal preferences. Wines on Main rents the space for special events, like bridal showers, bachelorette parties, and birthday parties. 

The Wines on Main Wine Shop is an environment that encourages story-sharing. Pam loves listening to stories because she believes “everyone has a unique one to share”.  Stop by for a bottle or case to go or relax at the bar with a glass of wine, dram of whiskey or other spirits, learn more about the wine and bourbon clubs and enjoy a story or three. Because at Wines on Main, it’s all about discovering what you like! 

Seth Kinker

Reporter/Digital Media for The Sun Times News

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