Bucksport – Some businesses have been through a costly time. “Bucksports‘ hidden gem” is a little brick building where it feels as if you are in another country.
Owners of the Verona Wine and Dine Mike and Colleen Gross took their honeymoon to Quebec City, and that’s where an idea became a reality.
“We were quite inspired by that space and the atmosphere, and so that really helped in the design of what we did here,” said Colleen Gross.
Verona Wine and Dine was one of the last businesses to reopen because they were concerned and didn’t want to rush.
This European style courtyard holds live music events. The restaurant has a retail shop, and the owners want their customers to feel like they’re right at home.
“I love the feel in our backyard, so we wanted the same thing here,” Mike Gross said. “Where we spend so much time here, we wanted it be just as nice as our own backyard.”
You can call it part of their business plan, but they don’t advertise a lot.
“We definitely have a huge word of mouth advertising,” said Mike.
“The Bucks’ Bucks program, it supported the folks in town too,” Colleen said. “Because maybe somebody who hadn’t dared to try us yet. They had a little extra cushion coupon were they could come in.”
Speaking of cushion, across the street has some comfy alpaca merchandise.
The Port’O Call has everything from cashmere to alpaca silk, as well as a wide variety of accessories.
Co-owner of the shop, Meg Keay said all their merchandise has some great quality and their highest sellers include lots of socks.
“We do a lot with socks and pajamas fun pajamas,” Kaey said.
Keay said this community looks after each other.
“When everybody cares about everyone else, and you want everybody to survive, its just that much healthier,” Kaey saId. “I think everyone does better because of that.”