Since news broke of his retirement and the planned closure of the Leesburg Vintner wine shop, Mike Carroll has seen an outpouring of gratitude and affection from loyal customers over the Vintner’s 30-plus years. Now, the shop’s days are numbered, and Carroll has announced that Oct. 19 will be its curtain call.
“It’s been an emotional few weeks and the feedback from our customers has been beyond anything I ever expected,” Carroll said this week. “It’s all good! It’s getting close to being over, but the memories will last forever.”
Curtis Allred, proprietor of nearby Delirium Cafe USA and also the future tenant of the Vintner Space, with his Cake or Death shop set to open by year’s end at the King and Loudoun corner, will host a retirement party for Carroll. From 4-7 p.m. Oct. 20, Delirium will hold an open house with hors d’ouerves and wine and a cash bar available.
As he draws closer to retirement, Carroll shares one exchange with a customer that made an impact on him.
“A customer came in the other day and said, ‘Mike, you did it right. You made a difference in downtown Leesburg’,” Carroll said. “That meant a lot to me. I told him, ‘Downtown Leesburg made a difference to me.’ I am blessed and very fortunate the way the last 31 years have gone and [that] we can go out this way.”
The Vintner is located at 29 S. King St. in downtown Leesburg. For more information, go toleesburg-vintner.com.