New Honesdale wine lounge supporting firefighters

Jul. 13—A new wine lounge in Honesdale is giving back to volunteers who protect borough residents.

Three Hammers Winery, which opened a location at 542 Main St. earlier this month, created a special blend to recognize the firefighters at Hose Company 1 located next door.

The business is donating $1 from the sale of each bottle of its Firehouse Red wine to the volunteer fire department.

Co-owners Rob Kobrzynski and his wife, Christine Pucciarello, established Three Hammers' first location in Lackawaxen Twp. in May 2018 and were eager to broaden the scope of the business' offerings.

"We were interested in expanding the Three Hammers brand to other markets and felt like Honesdale was an up-and-coming town," Kobrzynski said. "We thought it would be pretty cool to have a wine presence in town."

Kobrzynksi said they are renting the space from the fire department and some of the volunteers helped them renovate the room.

"We wanted to create a really nice, laid-back vibe and sophisticated lounge-type experience where people can feel comfortable and drink some fine wines," he said.

He was grateful for the assistance from the firefighters to bring the business plans to fruition.

"They came in and did the flooring for us and a couple electrical and plumbing jobs," Kobrzynski said. "They've been a great, accommodating group of guys."

Jerry Dulay, captain of Hose Company 1, has enjoyed collaborating with the business owners on the project.

"They're probably the best tenants I've ever worked with," he said. "They're very friendly folks."

Dulay noted the financial support from the business will help with the department's expenses.

"Every dollar we get is greatly appreciated," he said. "We keep upgrading our turnout gear and we just bought all new hose because it was outdated."

The wine lounge is open from noon to 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. each Sunday.

Kobrzynski added Three Hammers also plans to introduce another special bottle release — Bravery and Liberty — next week to benefit Wallenpaupack Vets for Vets, a nonprofit organization that helps grant wishes for veterans and first responders in Pike and Wayne counties. One dollar from each bottle of the white wine sold will be donated to the group.

"This charitable idea is near and dear to our heart," he said. "Christine's father, James, served in Vietnam and he passed away a few years ago. It's honoring him and all of his fellow soldiers."

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