S2 EP 3: No Wine Snobs Allowed with TJ & Hadley Douglas
S2 EP 2: Getting "Saltie" With Boston Restaurateur Kathy Sidell
S2 EP 4: All in the "Pam-ily" (with Pam & Chris Willis)
When TJ and Hadley Douglas met in 2001, they bonded over a mutual love of wine. TJ had been working his way up in the restaurant industry, from washing dishes to serving to managing, while Hadley specialized in events and marketing. As the couple got married and started growing their family, they decided to team up as business partners, too. It was a good call: Their wine shop The Urban Grape opened in 2010 and snagged a Best of Boston award within a year (and three more since). TJ and Hadley have since worked tirelessly to make good wine accessible to all by moving their shop from Chestnut Hill to the South End, offering tasting events, and co-authoring the book Drink Progressively, which expands on their trademark “progressive shelving” system.
The husband-wife duo behind The Urban Grape in Boston’s South End are all about making wine culture more accessible. TJ and Hadley Douglas take the pretension out of wine talk by making everyone who walks into their store feel welcome. They organize their shelves “progressively,” a unique system that classifies bottles by their body, acidity, and fruitiness, rather than by region or varietal. They also champion small producers. We chat with the couple about work and family life, running a small wine business that’s both black- and woman-owned, and why trends won’t dictate what’s on their shelves.
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