Cousins Kishan Patel and Mohil Patel were looking to try something new when the opportunity to purchase Hopkinton Wine and Spirits emerged in July 2021. “We looked at it as a new beginning for both of us and as a way to enter the industry,” Kishan explains, “and so far it’s been going great.”
“We also both come from a business background,” Mohil adds, as both of their families have been involved in business endeavors for more than 20 years.
Hopkinton Wine and Spirits, located at 77 West Main Street, has had several owners over the past two decades, but the Patels are the first to renovate the space, Mohil says. They have refreshed the store by changing the layout, installing new flooring, shelving and lighting, and bringing in new inventory. “We gave it a more modern, 21st century look, and customers are coming back and saying they really like what we’ve done with the space,” Kishan says.
As for the shop’s inventory, it now has double the amount of spirits and nearly triple the amount of wines. “Our craft beer collection is insane,” Mohil adds. “Everyone loves it, and we love it, too.”
“We’re also carrying more local craft breweries from Massachusetts,” Kishan says. “Before it was about three to four breweries, and now we have 10 to 15 Massachusetts breweries, and we’ve seen a lot of success with that because our customers like local stuff.” The store also is receptive to customer feedback about other products; if someone comes in asking for a particular wine that the shop doesn’t carry, for example, they can put in a request for the store to add the item.
“Another thing that makes us different from other liquor stores is that most don’t have the owners on-site,” Mohil adds. “We’re here and always trying to help customers make the best selection.” In addition to Mohil and Kishan, the store’s team includes managers Gail Dunn and Jessica Dunn (Gail’s daughter). “So, everything here is pretty family-oriented, and when customers stop by, they can see that we actually care about their experience,” Kishan says.
On most Fridays and Saturdays, Hopkinton Wine and Spirits hosts tastings from 4-7 p.m., which the owners say is a great way to sample new and seasonal products, especially going into the holiday shopping season.
Kishan and Mohil consider their new venture to be a success so far and are proud to note that Hopkinton Wine and Spirits was awarded second place in MyFM 101.3’s 2022 Quest for the Best competition in the Liquor/Wine Store category. “We want to thank the community for their support; we really cater to the local crowd,” Kishan says.
To learn more, visit hopkintonwineandspirits.com or call 508-435-1292.
Business Profiles are advertising features designed to provide information and background about Hopkinton Independent advertisers.