Wine, cheese shop to open at Edinburg Mill

Mike Clem, of Edinburg, is planning to open Heritage Mill Wines 1848 inside the Edinburg Mill during the second week of September. Rich Cooley//Daily

Folks visiting the Edinburg Mill will be able to grab a bottle of wine or gourmet cheese starting in September when Edinburg native Mike Clem opens his shop, Heritage Mill Wines 1848, in a portion of the historic building.

Clem, who spent several years with the Virginia State Police, said that once he retired he planned to open a retail shop. He said there were really only two choices when it came to choosing what he wanted to sell.

“It’s a great historic location and wine is one of the few fields I know something about,” Clem said. “My experience in retail is in the gun industry but I didn’t see a whole lot of future in that, and when I retired I thought about opening a retail business and went with my other passion, which is wine.”

Clem said that he chose Edinburg because it’s home and he wanted to offer the townspeople a convenient, local option for buying wine, wine accessories and cheeses.

“I love Edinburg. It’s where I was born and raised,” Clem said. “I really have feelings for the town and I wanted to open a business to help support the town. I want to operate this business as a convenience to people so they don’t have to go to Wal-Mart or Food Lion to pick up a bottle of wine. It’s not a business that’s going to compete with too many people.”

Clem said that the shop will feature local wines along with brands not often seen in grocery stores.

He also said that he hopes his shop can attract people to the mill and vice versa, and that he hopes to wet the whistle of any thirsty tourists.

“I also have people coming in that are visiting all the time. They want to pick up something that’s Virginia related so we’ll sell them some Virginia wine. … Hopefully we’ll bring more people visiting the mill.”

Clem said that he’s leasing the space for his small shop and will keep with the mill’s historic feel and aesthetic.

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