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TJ Douglas of The Urban Grape

TJ Douglas

Owner, General Manager, Buyer

I love wine. Not just the taste, but the experience. I love wandering into the kitchen an hour before dinner, seeing what is on tap for the evening’s meal, heading over to the wine cooler, and picking the perfect bottle. I love opening that bottle, pouring the wine into my glass, swirling it, smelling it, tasting it. Pouring my wife a glass, “cheers,” and taking that first real sip. Another great day on the books, now it’s time to relax and experience life in the moment.

I love that by age two and a half my oldest son knew that his grandfather likes Cabernet and that his mommy likes Bubbles. I love that my sons will grow up stacking bottles in The Urban Grape, learning about wine, and people, and the world; after all, wine is universal. I love that our family dinners feature good food, good conversation and, of course, good wine.

And I love The Urban Grape. It is the culmination of half my life’s work. From dishwasher, to server, to restaurant manager, to wine salesman, to the owner of a boutique wine store – each of my experiences with wine (and the people who love wine) has led me to this moment. I believe we have opened a store that can create community, memories, and joy through the experience of wine.

So enjoy – from my family dinner to yours.

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Hadley Douglas of The Urban Grape

Hadley Douglas

Owner, Communications, Business Strategy

My earliest wine memory centers around one word – “Trefethen.” Actually, it was two words – “More Trefethen!” It was my dad’s birthday party and I was about 15 years old. I sat to his right with my family and extended family stretched out on either side. Somehow I had a wine glass, and in the merriment that glass kept getting filled along with everyone else’s. A case of Trefethen into the evening, my older brothers took me aside and said, “Don’t worry, we’ll get you through this.” It was a fun night, but a while before I drank wine again.

After helping many other companies with their marketing, public relations, events, and philanthropy, I’m excited to have made a life doing the same for The Urban Grape. It’s a joy to be the “voice” of The Urban Grape on our social media accounts, blog, and newsletter where I try to make wine relatable and fun. When not UG’ing it, you can find me with our boys Jason and Noah, who get annoyed that I have to photograph dinner before they can eat it. The perks to this job are great – there’s always lots of wine to sip with friends, and I liked the owner enough to marry him.

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  • Chelsea Bell of The Urban Grape

    Chelsea Bell

    Urban Affairs Manager

    I grew up in Glosta, MA where family is deeply rooted. There is nothing I relish more than unwinding over a bottle (or two) of wine with my family and friends. I was introduced to wine by my parents and am now a Certified Specialist of Wine through the Society for Wine Educators, as well as a Certified Sommelier. At the Urban Grape, I have found a lot of joy in teaching wine and organizing wine-centric events!

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  • Alex Ringenbach of The Urban Grape

    Alex Ringenbach

    Inventory and Merchandising Manager

    As a college student I drank the ubiquitous jugs of Carlo Rossi. One year, I spent the fall in Italy, drinking family wines in small vineyards. I learned then what I know today – a great wine is the one you can pick up on the daily, that is fresh and delicious and cheap and cheerful. Words to live by!

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  • Julie Hernandez of The Urban Grape

    Julie Hernandez

    My journey started with culinary, but what else to enjoy with a beautifully prepared meal than an expertly crafted bottle of wine? Thus my focus has shifted its course (get it?....course..) but the end result is the same; as with great food, great wine creates happiness and satisfaction. After transitioning to the Front of House I decided to get my Sommelier certification through the Court of Master Sommeliers. I love the study of wine because it is not just a study of wine, it is a study of cultures, of geography, and the relationship between the two. A well made bottle gives you a glimpse into the endless combinations of the aforementioned, and can take you wherever you want to go, that is I why I do what I do.

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