Originally Published: April 24, 2015 6 a.m.
One year can be quite the milestone, whether it's a relationship, the amount of time spent at a new job or maybe it's how long a person's business has been open. And on Saturday, May 16, Prescott Crush Wine Café will celebrate its one-year anniversary with regular hours, a special and drawings for giveaways.
Owned by friends Ronda Hayter and Michelle Clustka, the café started out as a fun idea the two had before getting serious about it. Hayter said the original planning was in the works for two years.
"We just ended up opening somewhere we thought Prescott could use a niche that hadn't been filled yet," Clustka said.
The two agree that in the past year, a couple of the best parts of running the café have been how they have had the same employees since they started and how they get to come to work with each other. Hayter joked that they don't hate each other yet and don't plan on doing so.
Clustka also said that a great aspect of running it has been the repeat customers, stating that about 50 percent of those who come in are have been in before.
And it's easy to see why there would be so many who would return. Internet reviewers have given the café an average of four out of five stars based on sites like tripadvisor.com (six reviews), urbanspoon.com (14 votes) and yelp.com (11 reviews):
"Amazing food and great ambiance. Wonderful staff, something new and off the beaten path."
"Awesome get together place with girlfriends or date night out with hubby."
"A lot of thought went into creating the atmosphere and it shows!"
"The atmosphere is warm and inviting, the decorating is pleasant and the service is attentive and friendly... I will definitely return!"
"The menu is small, but the taste was delicious."
The anniversary celebration is on Saturday, May 16, and Clustka said that it will be open regular hours. However, what' will be different that day is drawings for giveaways every hour from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Items include gift cards, t-shirts and hats. There will also be a special where a purchase of a bottle of wine will come with two souvenir Crush wine glasses.
Hayter said that in the past year, she and Clustka have continually learned new things and have grown from them. And in everything, Clustka said things have gone quite well.
"Our concept seems to work. I think we're going to stick with what we're doing," Clustka said, noting that the two of them offer fun classes, like wine education. "One thing that we like, and people seem to be rebooking, are events here."
Clustka said there have been charity events, realtor groups and class reunions at the café and mentioned that it would be nice to expand on that.
Prescott Crush Wine Café, 1781 East Highway 69, Suite 15, is open from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays.
A full menu can be found online at www.prescottcrush.net.