Mando Books in Cortland Moving, Changing Name to Finger Lakes Tasting Room
One of Cortland's staple retail stores is using its move to a new location as an opportunity to re-image itself and take the business in a different direction.
Recently the owners of the Mando Bookstore at the corner of Main St. and Central Ave. announced that they were moving their business next door to 31 Main Street.
Store owner Shannon Terwilliger says with the move Mando is changing its name to the Finger Lakes Tasting Room and will also shift its focus from a retail book store and gift shop to a store focused on regionally produced items.
Terwilliger says they are partnering with Eremita Winery in Lodi to bring Fingerlakes wines to the tasting room. Eventually they hope to offer locally produced spirits and craft beers as well.
In addition to wines the new store will focus on items made in Central New York and the Finger Lakes Region.
Terwilliger emphasized that this will not be a bar, it's a tasting room where customers will be limited to a certain number of samples. The goal is capitalize on that fact that Cortland is a gateway to the Finger lakes wine country, with dozens of tour buses exiting I-81 on a regular basis.
Main Street has seen allot of changes over the past year with several longtime retail stores closing their doors. Terwilliger says she is still committed to retail downtown and believes Main Street's best days are ahead.
Terwilliger hopes to have the new store up and running before the end of August. As Mando moves and changes a new bagel shop is moving into the current space. Two young entrepreneurs fresh from college will soon open a bagel shop in the space, they plan to recreate the downstate bagel experience that many SUNY Cortland students and others are looking for.