By Shereen Siewert
Vino Latte, the coffee and wine shop at the intersection of Grand Avenue and Thomas Street in Wausau, will soon relocate to the city’s west side.
Ron and Loreen Glaman acquired the former Cafe Le Grand in November 2003, expecting to move the business in 2005 when the intersection was likely to undergo construction. That construction never took place, so the couple chose to focus on growing the business in its original location for more than a decade.
The business expanded to a second location in May 2014, on Schofield Avenue in Weston. That expansion proved to be a success, said the owners.
“The “little red barn” is a great spot, and its size and configuration have permitted growth and offerings simply not possible in the corner spot on Grand Avenue,” the couple wrote on their Facebook page.
Now, the business is again poised for growth. The couple on Thursday finalized the purchase of a new building at 3309 Terrace Court, just west of Menards and across the street from O’Malley Cadillac. The new space is “well over twice the size of the Grand Avenue location,” and offers easier access, ample parking and potential for future growth, according to the Glamans.
“We are thrilled, and just a little terrified, with the expansion – and the incredible opportunity to remain in the City of Wausau, whose support over the years has been integral to our success,” the couple wrote. “We apologize for your coffee, wine and other cravings loss at this location – but encourage you to come along with us – make the drive, take a detour, and maintain your steadfast, much appreciated and adored Vino loyalty. We will continue to do everything in our power to make it worth your while.”
The Grand Avenue location is expected to remain open while the new building undergoes renovation.