Bon Vivant Wine & Brew

Published 10:01 am Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Name of person featured: Mike Adams

Name of business: Bon Vivant Wine & Brew

Address: 1504 S. Church St., Smithfield

Phone number of business: 365-0932

Operating hours: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday

E-mail address:

Nature of Business: Specialty wine and beer shop

Owner: Mike Adams

Year Founded: 1995

Number of employees: Three

How’s business going: Great!

One thing you wish everyone knew about your business: How much fun it is learning about today’s world of great wines and craft brews

Something you offer that a customer won’t find elsewhere: Cool wines that you won’t find on every grocery store shelf and great brews made by people who have real passion for their product. Also a shop where the customer is number one. Our job is for you to leave with what you want.

Advice to young entrepreneurs: Don’t expect to make money the first year…and maybe not the second either. Learn from your mistakes.

Your first job: Grocery store stocker

Your role model (in business or in life generally) and why: Hank Foiles, one of my wine representatives. He is always positive and never puts down the competition.

The key to a successful business is: Be patient and persistent