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Fenton Winery & Brewery Owners Set to Purchase Former Creative Wood Property

Matt and Ginny Sherrow won an online auction for the location.

Matt Sherrow always dreamed of having a beer garden.

Now the owner is very close to making that dream come true.

won an online auction for the former Creative Wood property at 1370 North Long Lake Road Thursday and received word from the bank Friday evening that the bid was accepted. They have 30 days to purchase the property.

“We’ve had our eye on the property for about two years,” Matt said. “It’s a great building.”

The property had been listed for around $600,000, which Matt said was a little out of the Sherrows range, but he said he drove by the location about three weeks ago and saw the sign for the auction, which ran from June 11 to 5 p.m. June 14.

“It was a stretch before, but it was what we have been looking for,” he said.

“When we hit the button and it said ‘sold,’ we were like ‘what did we just do?’” Ginny said.

The couple had always hoped to move into their own location at some point, they just didn’t believe that opportunity would come so soon. They to their North Leroy location in the Lake Winds Plaza in November, which doubled the size of the bar.

However, the former Creative Wood property will allow for many more options, including Matt’s dream beer garden, an outdoor seating area where beer and food can be served. With the set up of the current location, he has been unable to find a way to add outdoor seating effectively.

“Ask our staff about the No. 1 list of things we want and they would say outdoor seating,” Matt said. “I love beer gardens. I want a beer garden and we have always wanted our own place.”

The building is nearly 19,000 square feet with 6,000 square feet of retail space, office space, storage space and a 10,000 square foot warehouse on five acres.

Matt said the warehouse would serve as the production facility and the space is much needed because “we can’t increase with what we have.” He said he could produce 900 bottles of wine at a time while he can only produce 360 at a time currently.

He said production would be moved to the new location for six month to a year before the business would move completely to the new property. Matt said he could also possibly increase beer production from the 12 taps he already has, even though a few years ago he said he would never brew beer.

“I tried it in my kitchen a few times and fell in love with it,” he said.

He added that he wouldn’t rule out adding a distillery, but has no plans to create one.

Matt said the couple hasn’t mapped out any plans, but will try to carry over the atmosphere of the current location.

“When people think of us, they think laid back, so now it’s how to we carry that over to the new location,” he said.

The couple is still a little bit in shock everything came together so quickly and is looking forward to beginning the process.

“It’s exciting and scary for us at the same time,” Ginny said.

stephanie pytlowanyj June 15, 2012 at 09:58 PM
Well, the positive is, the building won't be empty anymore but I sure do miss Dennis Schafer. He was a great person and businessman. He had great staff too!
Mtibb June 15, 2012 at 11:18 PM
Most excellent...congratulations!!
Tanya June 15, 2012 at 11:41 PM
That is awesome! Congratulations!
Lorraine June 16, 2012 at 03:54 AM
What an amamzing father's Day to celebrate your newest addition to the fwb family. Congratulations!!!
Bev Fitzgerald June 16, 2012 at 01:26 PM
Will be glad to see the building in use again.
Adam June 16, 2012 at 03:21 PM
Great news and should be a fantastic spot for FWB
Lenny Haise June 16, 2012 at 03:23 PM
I have said ever since creative wood moved that this would be a great building for your intended purpose. congrats and good luck.
Amanda June 19, 2012 at 03:44 PM
Wow just brilliant ....I am guessing it's gonna be a great place for all weathers and sitting outside too......can't wait CONGRATULATIONS
Dennis Niec June 21, 2012 at 09:11 PM
What fantastic news. It will be a cool place to see when they get done with it. Congratulations!

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