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Looking for a little bit of history in Monroe County this fall? This local business owner has transformed a 19th century structure into a charming establishment for guests to enjoy. HTC is happy to provide communication services to keep their business running smoothly.

Vintage Wine Bar

When Waterloo native Justin Schmidt found a quaint building on Waterloo’s Main Street for sale, his dream of opening a wine bar became a reality. Built in the early 1800s, it had housed a grocery store in the 1930s, several restaurants throughout the 1950s and ‘60s, an arcade in the ‘80s and several other businesses along the way. Justin and his wife and parents saw the potential for a wine bar and got to work rehabbing the interior using wood from area barns and cabins along with old bricks from St. Louis streets. Combined with its original wood paneling, “vintage” was the only way to describe the bar when they finished it last November. It has since become a preferred place for cozy dates, girls’ nights out, or just to see local friendly faces while enjoying a variety of beers, wines, pizza and other palate-pleasers.

Almost a year after opening, Justin and his family are always busy booking live music acts and ordering food and drink inventory. With HTC’s phone and Internet, they never have to worry about a lag in service that could keep customers waiting. And if they ever do have a problem, we’re right around the corner to fix it.

“Doing business with local businesses means better service,” said Justin. “HTC is exactly that — a hometown business with great service.”

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