Brittany and Alan Alexander bear in mind the primary time once they walked into the Ashburn Wine Shop, in Ashburn, Virginia, about 5 years in the past.

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Brittany and Alan Alexander bear in mind the primary time once they walked into the Ashburn Wine Shop, in Ashburn, Virginia, about 5 years in the past.

“Good vibes, nice environment — the proprietor, he was wonderful,” Alan Alexander stated. “People got here in to see him, actually, as a result of he’d join with all people.”

His title was Sean Malone, the couple stated.

The couple lived close to the store, within the Ashburn Shopping Plaza, so that they visited usually, and got here to think about Malone as each a wine professional and good friend.

“He received to know his clientele, and what they cherished,” stated Brittany Alexander. “He made a degree to buy issues he knew individuals would love, together with myself.”

One of the wines Malone advised was a Cass 2020 Vintage Ted Red, from the central coast of California.

“Hints of plum, undoubtedly some large, daring taste,” described Brittany Alexander, saying she might inform it was made with natural strategies. “It simply tastes clear, and also you don’t have that sulfate aftertaste.”

Two years in the past, Malone was identified with mind most cancers.

“And from there, he was sort of extra absent from the store” as he dealt along with his most cancers battle, Brittany Alexander stated.

Alan Alexander remembered when he discovered that Malone was sick.

“We didn’t know what to do as a result of it’s a really delicate subject,” stated Alan Alexander. “Do we are available, will we not are available? Do you need help? Should we discuss it after we see you.”

Brittany and Alan Alexander. (WTOP/Neal Augenstein)

Alan and Brittany Alexander weren’t positive how they might assist Malone.

“He was such an enormous persona, and he spoke about every part, however he didn’t discuss this,” Alan Alexander stated.

Once Malone realized he’d be unable to proceed working the store, he approached the Alexanders.

“He got here to us with the choice of buying it, or they have been considering that they have been going to have to shut the enterprise down,” stated Brittany Alexander, who, on the time, was prepared to go away her company job.

They had no earlier data of working a brick-and-mortar retailer, a lot much less a wine store.

“When she left her company job, she was like, ‘You know what, let’s do that,’” stated Alan Alexander. “I believe we are able to do that, we are able to maintain his legacy alive.”

Malone’s well being continued to worsen.

“We have been supposed to shut (on the sale) on April 1, however he handed March 28 — three days earlier than the sale,” Alan Alexander stated.

The buy grew to become official May 1. When the couple opened Ashburn Wine Shop Bar & Bistro, they made some minor modifications.

“We gave it a recent coat of paint, to sort of brighten it up a bit extra,” Alan Alexander. “We modified the wine field décor somewhat bit,” and added some new lighting.

“We simply wished to make small little modifications,” stated Alan Alexander, hoping to retain the essence that Malone had established. “He cultivated the neighborhood — all people cherished this place.”

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