Waters Edge Wineries, an innovative urban winery system bringing the cultural experience of wine to communities across the country, announced it has signed a franchise agreement to open a Waters Edge Winery & Bistro in Kalispell, Montana. This new location will join 11 others already operating throughout California, Colorado, Ohio, Oklahoma and Texas. Husband-wife duo Angela and Trevor Zuba, Canadians who are relocating to the Flathead Valley, will open Waters Edge Winery & Bistro of Kalispell next year.
“We are thrilled to expand our brand into the Pacific Northwest, working with our new franchisees, Angela and Trevor, to bring the concept to Montana in 2020,” says Ken Lineberger, president and CEO of Waters Edge Wineries. “We are looking forward to working with the Zubas to cultivate a new wine tasting experience for the residents of the Flathead Valley, growing our passion for wine in the process.”
The Zubas are relocating from Coaldale, Alberta, Canada to the Flathead Valley to pursue their American entrepreneurial dream. Prior to finding the Waters Edge Wineries concept, Angela spent 20 years growing businesses and not-for-profit organizations in Lethbridge, being active in politics, and serving as CEO of the Canadian Homebuilders Association, where she led the efforts to help business owners understand how to grow their business and navigate the complicated regulatory system of urban development.
Angela and Trevor have spent a lot of time in the Flathead Valley area over the years, ultimately choosing it as the ideal location to open their new business and raise their family. Upon reviewing franchise concepts, they saw a natural fit to open a Waters Edge Wineries franchise, as both are passionate about wine, food and bringing people together. Angela will manage the day-to-day operations for the micro-winery, overseeing customer service, marketing initiatives and F&B management.
“It is truly a lifelong dream of ours to own a winery, and we cannot thank Waters Edge Wineries enough for providing us the opportunity to move to America to pursue our dreams,” says Zuba. “We are excited to share our love of wine from around the world with the residents and tourists in the Flathead Valley who stop in to visit us, and we look forward to providing them with a place where they can create memories over a glass of wine. Kalispell and the Flathead Valley is a place we have absolutely fallen in love with over the years and become immersed in this amazing place and couldn’t think of a better area to open a business, provide jobs and contribute to the growing economy.”
Combining elements of the traditional winery experience with the popular wine bar concept, Waters Edge Winery & Bistro locations serve as a lively hub within its communities, offering bistro-style artisanal selections including appetizers, flatbreads, sandwiches, salads and desserts, custom bottle labeling as personalized gifts, private tasting areas for groups, a wine club and more. This gives guests the opportunity to engage intimately with what has historically been a somewhat exclusive lifestyle, limited to select regions.
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