Tuesday, June 25, 2013/lk
Customers will soon find The Pines Tasting Room at a new location.
Fortunately, it won’t be too far from where it is now, moving only two blocks north to Mall 202. The Pines will be shut down from July 29-Aug. 1 because of the move; its grand opening at the new location will be Aug. 2.
With the 4,500 square feet they have now, Sierra Wright, who opened The Pines Tasting Room, found herself trying to fill it and distracted from what should have been her focus, the wine tasting.
“Despite it being a fantastic space, and we loved being there, it’s a huge space,” said Wright. “We were sub-leasing with Westwind Frame and Gallery.”
Westwind Frame and Gallery decided to move out of its location in Hood River, leaving the rest of the space to The Pines. The Pines filled the space with The Pines Art Gallery as well as becoming a music venue, comedy club and event center. As it isn’t the only place to provide these services, Wright found that it would benefit them to scale down.
“Our new space will be about 750 square feet, across from Naked and Waucoma Club,” said Wright. “The wine is what we’re in business for and what people support. We really want to focus on that.”
Wright plans to have free Wi-Fi and couches in the new space. “We’re going to make it kind of cozy,” she said.
The Pines will not be able to host as many events as it has done in the past. “We’ll still be available if someone wants to rent our space for a small party, a bridal shower, a small birthday party,” said Wright.
The current location has a maximum capacity of 300 people. The new location will have much less. Wright estimates around 50, but won’t be sure until the fire marshal evaluates the new space.
There still are a few events that The Pines will host from now until it shuts down July 29 in preparation for the move. Its last concert will be July 27, and its last Thursday Night Jam will be July 25.
This will not be the end of all events at The Pines, though. They are still planning to have musicians and other entertainers but not at the scale they have done before.
The grand opening of the new tasting room will also not be lacking entertainment.
“We are going to have the fantastic Moe Dixon playing at the new Pines Aug. 2,” said Wright. The grand opening coincides with the First Friday in August.
Greg Colt, manager of the space The Pines currently occupies, doesn’t know who will move in after The Pines moves out.
“We are advertising it now, trying to attract a new tenant,” he said. Some people have shown interest, but no one has decided to move in yet. The owner of the space is a limited liability company headed by Bob Diener of Miami, Fla., co-founder of getaroom.com.