New Wine Bar Receives Support From Morton MicroGrant

Friday, November 1, 2013

Morton, IL - Today, the Morton Economic Development Council announced that Dorene Cain, Owner of Wines ‘N More, has been awarded a Morton MicroGrant to support the establishment of a new Wine Bar in downtown Morton.  “Dorene’s wine shop is already a unique destination in our downtown,” said Jennifer Daly, CEO for the Morton EDC.  “Her new Wine Bar will add another draw for citizens and visitors.”

Based on the response to Wines ‘N More wine tastings, Cain believes there is strong consumer interest in and support for a local Wine Bar.  “Enticing individuals to downtown Morton is a challenge given the limited retail and restaurant offerings, but the national rise in wine popularity across all age groups due to greater availability and affordability will bring local clients to a new wine bar,” said Cain.  “The wine bar offers an intimate place for those who are looking for a comfortable setting to spend time with friends, family, or a significant other.”

The Morton MicroGrant of $1,500 will help Cain upgrade the lighting, exterior fencing, and patio for her new location.  “I currently have the funds to tackle most of the start-up expenses, but resources are limited,” said Cain.  “This MicroGrant will allow me to move forward on items that I would have had to postpone indefinitely.”  Cain plans to hire 3 part time people to assist with the Wine Bar, which is located in The Savory House in downtown Morton and open on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings.

The Morton MicroGrant is a special fund created by the Morton Economic Development Council to encourage small business development and job creation for Morton.  The Morton MicroGrant fund is made possible through a directed contribution by Morton Community Bank.

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