Roxbury Wine & Spirits
Jeff Tichenor and Peter Chen are the lively proprietors of Roxbury Wine and Spirits on Roxbury’s vibrant Main Street. The shop greets Route 30 travelers driving into town from Margaretville or Grand Gorge. It’s a must-stop shop for any weekend, weekday or week-long stay and is a favorite of locals!
The shop specializes in a wide assortment of interesting wine and spirits from around the world plus locally made products. “We love to provide and promote locally made libations whenever possible. With the exception of tequila, you can enjoy a wide variety of wines and spirits made right here in Delaware County.”
Jeff has over 20 years’ experience in the hospitality industry, which provided him with a keen insight of beverage trends and customer service. Being able to pair the perfect wine with food is a skill and passion.
Peter spent nearly as much time in retail so he knows the business side very well, but also loves learning about (and sampling!) new wines and spirits to introduce to their customers. Together, Peter and Jeff personally choose each wine that they bring into the store and are always on the hunt for small and unique winemakers from around the world to add to the roster.
“Our main focus remains great wines at affordable price points that can be enjoyed daily, not just for special occasions. We have a great selection of organic wines, and are constantly adding more diverse wines across all price points.” Jeff commented.
He added, “We’re very thankful for our loyal, local customers but are always humbled when folks tell us that they passed two or three other stores and drove to Roxbury specifically to shop and support our store.” Jeff explained, “It’s important to us to continue to look for ways to improve upon what we’ve got. We’re constantly adding more wines to our selection so that our customers can find something new and exciting!”
Asked about the keys to their success, Jeff stated that he and Peter have a few simple rules.
We focus first on our customers and their tastes.
We take a personal interest in our customers and like to talk to them about food and the experience they would like to have and then recommend the perfect wine or spirit to elevate that experience.
We keep our space simple, uncluttered and inviting to help our guest explore in a comfortable and open environment
“Another thing that sets us apart is doing what we say we’re going to do and being open consistently,” Jeff noted. “You have to get up every day and give 110% to be the best that you can be and always be searching for ways to bring the best for your customers.”