A Hays couple — who long have wanted to run their own business — is calling it a dream come true.
The Paisley Pear, 1100 Main, is under new ownership and welcomed the addition of a wine bar earlier this month.
“I’d always wanted to start my own business,” owner Shaun Musil said. “We were trying to (figure out) what could we do that would be unique for people to come downtown? My wife was at the table drinking a glass of wine. I was like, ‘Why not a wine bar?’ ”
The bar offers approximately 30 wine varieties and a small selection of craft beer.
The business also has maintained a market and bistro, which offers coffee, desserts and lunch during morning and afternoon hours. While wine is available all day, the wine bar begins full service in the late afternoon.
Lunch is served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and the wine bar and market are open until 8 p.m. weekdays and midnight Friday and Saturday. The wine bar offers a selection of appetizers, including cheese and bread boards, in the evenings.
“It’s just a fun, relaxing hang-out place,” Musil said.
Musil and his wife, Heather, have three children and are trying to keep the business child-friendly during regular business hours. They recently added a children’s lunch menu, which has been well-received by customers, he said.
Three local wineries are included in the beverage selection and have been among the most popular selections. The wine bar already has been so busy on the weekends that Musil has had to restock wine bottles sooner than expected.
“It’s been a whirlwind,” he said.
Another popular item is a “flight” of four different wine samples, allowing customers to taste several varieties and select their favorites. Customers also can purchase a full glass or bottle, and the newly renovated back room can be booked for private parties.
Significant renovations were made to the historic building, including new paint and a significant expansion of the eating area opening up access to the back dining room. Musil said many relatives and friends have helped the family through the process.
“It’s definitely been a family experience. I don’t know if they’ll be back, though,” he joked.
The business will have an official ribbon cutting Oct. 4 and plans to someday coordinate wine tasting events with local vineyards.
Musil said the community’s response to the addition has been encouraging, and several other downtown businesses have offered support and assistance.
“I went into this kind of blind,” Musil said. “It’s nice to have guys like that who want us to be successful. Sometimes, it’s not always that way. It makes you feel good being in a community like that where other businesses support you.”
For more information, find The Paisley Pear on Facebook.