Kindred "spirits" help Our Town feel like home

EFFINGHAM, Ill. (WCIA) -- Village Wine is home to just about any alcoholic beverage you can think of in Our Town.

It started as a place to buy booze and has turned into so much more. It's become an area for people to perform, a place to sit and enjoy the spirits as well as a rooftop patio.

"It's unique. This property alone was built in the late 1800's, 1890, I do believe."

If you're looking for a fine wine or the finest whiskey, this place is a must visit.

"We have one of the finest wine selections around. Our brown spirit selection is unparalleled in this region."

Village Wine is in the heart of downtown. It has a shop filled with bottles full of different selections.

"Our owner, Boris Bonutti, is very proud, loves this place and just wants to give back."

Since it opened, it's added a few things, including a spot for those who can belt out a tune.

"We have open mic, which is a unique kind of open mic. Every Wednesday, it's called the Song Writer's Open Mic."

It also has rental space with a basketball court. The latest add-on is a rooftop bar giving people a birds-eye view of the city.

"It overlooks downtown Effingham. It will be a future event space and just one more addition to building our brand."

Trevor Arsenault says the sky is the limit for this place. The community has welcomed it with open arms.

"We're just one little piece of this new revitalization of the downtown in Effingham."

It's had a few private events on the rooftop, but it's not open to the public just yet.


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