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Make your own wine at new Pequot Lakes business

Sharon Thorson and her husband Kevin moved into the former Boardwalk Scoops in order to open their special shop where customers come to make their own wine.1 / 2
Sharon Thorson and her husband Kevin moved into the former Boardwalk Scoops in order to open their special shop where customers come to make their own wine.2 / 2

David Kennedy's Boardwalk Scoops in Pequot Lakes has been replaced by It's a Wingding Thing, Sharon and Kevin Thorson's wine crafting shop.

The shop is a special service usually found in California, Seattle, Vancouver and large cities. The Thorsons, of Breezy Point, visited such locations all over the continent before bringing it home.

"We thought it would be a really good fit for this area and really wanted to be in Pequot because we live in Breezy, but I really wanted to help the town of Pequot and bring more business and try to liven things up a little," Sharon said.

Sharon and her husband decided to name the shop after her grandparents' cabin on trout lake, a place with fond memories for her. The shop takes the equipment and setup cost out of wine making by allowing customers to visit, choose their ingredients and mix their wines in the shop. Customers then allow Sharon to do the fermentation and racking.

"We have kits that you can purchase," Sharon said. "It's all different varieties and different levels as far as beginning, intermediate and we have some really higher quality grapes. They come in, pick up their kit and then they mix it in pails and it starts the fermenting process. We keep the pails for four to six weeks. In that time they have to be racked two to three times."

Customers come back after the process is through, they bottle it, add their own label and take the end result home.

Beyond wine making, Sharon's shop also has crafts made, mostly, by family and friends including B&B Goat Goods. In the shop are also custom coolers shaped like classic cars and golf bags, purses, wine accessories and other unique items.

"We are just going to get a sort of collection of really fun retail stuff," Sharon said.

The shop will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the summer, or by appointment, with winter hours to be determined.

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