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The Merchant Wine & Spirits

The Legacy of a Local Legend  
The Merchant Wine and Spirits is a family business that has catered to the region since 1998. With the recent passing of the store’s founder and life-long Kingston resident, James Salzmann, the area will certainly miss the man who had a passion for his community. However, those who learned from and loved Jim will continue to provide the same type of conscientious, personal service—as The Merchant is his legacy.
Said Rick Salzmann, Jim’s brother: “His goal in starting The Merchant was to have a business driven by competitive pricing with a broad selection and, most importantly, great customer service. He succeeded by working long hours, knowing his products, and establishing lasting relationships with his customers—being a true local family business.”
Rick stressed that Jim made certain his employees were all local people he knew well or family members who would be an important part of the store, be knowledgeable, and serve the community as they deserved to be.
Jim always offered a smile, a helping hand, and a sincere desire to make his customers’ experience a most pleasant one. And with the motto “So Many Wines, So Little Time,” the Merchant’s goal is to provide a range of palate-pleasers, both international and local favorites, to delight both budget-minded enthusiasts and wine connoisseurs.
As for liquors and spirits—you’ll find the region’s finest at prices certain to lift your own spirit. And, in addition to the on-hand, requested customer favorites, there are occasional special samplings of limited-time only exclusives—“destined to be just right for the season or the reason.” It’s a way for customers to broaden their tastes, travel from their comfort-zone, and still benefit from try-something-new affordable pricing.
Their signature “Fine and Under Nine” selection of quality wines is a hand-picked grouping with a diversity of type and region offering customers the perfect accompaniment to any mood, meal, or occasion. All under nine dollars.
Said Rick, “Jim knew that, even in tough times, it was important to take care of the community that supported The Merchant. To provide that personal touch often missing in today’s retail world…a friendly hello when you came in, some advice on a bottle of wine. Something as simple as that.”
“We are thankful to everyone who has offered their condolences and their support in the last few weeks.”
The Merchant Wine and Spirits. 730 Ulster Avenue, Kingston. 845-331-1923; themerchantwine.com. Monday to Saturday: 9am-9pm; Sunday: Noon-6pm
–text by Rochelle Riservato