Two years after launching their highly successful Lazy Ballerina Winery in the heart of the St. Joseph central business district, the owners of that bit hit have opened their second tasting room — this time in downtown Bridgman.
Melanie Owen and Lauren Kniebes are capitalizing on the popularity of their brand with their second tasting room which opened yesterday at 4209 Lake Street in downtown Bridgman. Melanie picked up their newest liquor license from the Michigan Liquor Control Commission on Friday and they swung into action yesterday as a result.
The new Lazy Ballerina Winery tasting room is in a building that formerly housed a deli and a bakery, but was in considerable need of repair, so it was literally gutted and remodeled to be the newest among the ballerinas.
Melanie tells me that the new Bridgman tasting room is very similar in style to their flagship center in downtown St. Joseph which celebrates a second anniversary in two weeks.
Just like the original tasting room, the tasting bar in Bridgman will have various wine phrases along the bar top, but they will be different phrases from those in St. Joe.
She tells me also that there will be a variety of grab & go food items from local providers such as Jake’s meats out of Cassopolis, but no food service at the new tasting room. They will, however, be selling their notable Hayes Handmades seasoning salts made by Chef & wine maker Jason Hayes.
The new Bridgman tasting room will also carry a variety of unique merchandise from various local artists, including:
- Custom wine toppers from imjes
- Art from Kelsey Vollrath
- Stained Glass by Mary
- Signs from West Lake Metal
- and others…
As has become a Lazy Ballerina tradition, the Bridgman center will have delicious chocolate to go with the tastings & flights handmade from Patricia’s Chocolate out of Grand Haven.
From the vineyard, their Lazy Ballerina wine & cider line up will offer the same options as at the tasting room in St Joe. To celebrate their opening, and in honor of National Rosé day, they released their new Sparkling Rosé, On Pointe, yesterday.
Thanks to the City of Bridgman’s approval, there is a small area of outside seating for those who would like to enjoy their tastings on the walk.
For now, the hours at the new Bridgman center will match those in St Joe: Mon-Fri 12-6pm, Sat 11am-6pm & Sun 11am-5pm plus we will be open as requested by appointment or for special events.