Seriously Delicious Wine
Soon Even Easier to Shop
Hart & Cru Opening Retail Storefront
in Historic Pendleton in Summer 2021
Cincinnati, April 20, 2021
Hart & Cru, a Cincinnati-based wine concierge service with a bustling online wine shop, will open a brick and mortar store in the Pendleton Arts District of Over-the-Rhine in summer 2021. The storefront at 1206 Broadway Street will stock a selection of the online shop’s offerings, and operate as a neighborhood wine shop for people to stop in for a glass, grab a few bottles and chat with sommeliers. In the ever-changing world of 2020 and 2021, hours will be flexible to start.
“We are excited for the next chapter of Hart & Cru, a place where we can live our motto that wine fuels and creates community,” said Kevin O. Hart, founder of Hart & Cru. “This past year during the pandemic, growth of our online wine sales and delivery service has really accelerated. A storefront is a natural next step to complement our ecommerce presence, plus a fun spot where we can hang out with fellow wine lovers.”
The Pendelton location will be a neighborhood bottle shop and tasting room where winemaker events and themed wine night events will take place, along with private events and guest chef series. Curated bottle selections will span the best producers, regions and varietals made with a European influence, whether produced in Europe, the western U.S. or abroad. For a monthly subscription, customers can sign up for Hart & Cru’s wine club, a delivery service since 2015. The store also will stock wine accessories, including handblown glassware, corkscrews imported from France, small production olive oil and issues of Noble Rot magazine.
The culture and character of the Pendleton Arts District drew Hart & Cru to Broadway Street and a lease with The Model Group. With amazing neighbors like Nicola’s Restaurant, Braxton Brewing Co. Cincinnati, Bar Saeso, Boomtown Biscuits & Whiskey, Nation, Lucius Q and more, Hart & Cru is eager to join a talented bar and restaurant scene.
This community focus also connects with Hart & Cru’s roots. Founder Kevin O. Hart is a sommelier who has held many wine roles in Cincinnati over the years, from general manager to beverage director to consultant to many of the top local restaurants and arts institutions, including Sotto and Boca with Chef David Falk, Pigall’s with Chef Jean-Robert de Cavel, Pepp & Dolores, Salazar, O Pie O, Taglio, A Tavola, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Cincinnati Opera.
Hart and each member of his team—including longtime director of client relations and logistics Sarah Tanner—are known for their storytelling and knowledge of each vintage they offer. In building relationships with wine drinkers and makers, they have become champions of small producers, unsung wine regions and the conversations a great bottle can spark. Because whatever wine you love, they believe sipping and sharing should be fun for everyone.
ABOUT HART & CRU
Hart & Cru is a concierge-style service focused on selling artisanal wines to avid drinkers through special offers, ecommerce, wine clubs, tastings and more. Founded in 2015 by sommelier Kevin O. Hart, Hart & Cru helps wine drinkers in the Cincinnati metro and beyond love the wine they drink and learn the wine they love. For more information about Hart & Cru, visit hartandcru.com or follow along on Instagram and Facebook.