EASTON — Comptroller Peter Franchot presented a certificate of recognition to Hair o’ the Dog Wine & Spirits, at 219 Marlboro Ave., during its 15-year anniversary celebration on Wednesday, Aug. 14.
In addition to Franchot’s citation, Sen. Addie Eckardt, R-37-Mid-Shore; Del. Johnny Mautz, R-37B-Talbot; and Chris Adams, R-37B-Wicomico, presented owners Joseph and Vicki Petro with certificates of recognition. Easton Town Councilmen Al Silverstein, Ward 1, and Ronald Engle, Ward 3, also attended the event.
“They are innovative, entrepreneurial, trusted by the community, and I can’t complement Joe and Vicki enough for providing and growing this wonderful establishment,” Franchot said. “They did it through their own grit and took risks. This is a good year to be in business, because there is so much money in the economy. In 15 years, there could be good and bad years, but it takes planning, good employees and good team effort.”
After being in the corporate world for over 25 years, Joseph Petro decided to retire the suit and open up his own business.
“I wanted to be my own boss and decided that there was a need in Talbot County for a nice retail wine and spirit store that offered different types of products,” he said. “There was also a need for better service than what most folks were accustomed to at the time.”
The success of Hair o’ the Dog led to the opening of Snifter’s Craft Beer and Wine Bistro in June 2018. An extension of the retail store, Snifter’s offers a small plate menu with more than 25 Maryland craft beers on draft and a wine list with over 40 wines.
The Petros’ daughter, Liz Petro, helps manage Snifter’s next door but recently took a full-time teaching position; she will work part time at the shop now. Their son, Joey Petro, helps manage Hair o’ the Dog. Their two other children are Kyle Pfeiffer, who works in Washington, D.C., and Callie Pfeiffer, who works for the comptroller’s office as deputy chief of staff.
“I have seen over the years that folks, especially young people, want an experience,” Joseph Petro said. “What makes people want to come here is you can buy your bottle and sit down, and enjoy great food and music. We are always trying to make ourselves relevant and keep ourselves ahead of the game, and we are proud that we can do that.”
In the next 15 years, Joseph Petro said, he would like to be sitting on a beach somewhere, letting his family run the store. He also would like to see the store expand and have more products.
“I don’t know if I have 15 years left in me here, but hopefully it is going to continue 15 years from now,” he said. “It’s going to be bigger, better and even more interesting products that we have now. We are constantly growing and looking to change. We are not going to ever stand still. A lot of businesses stand still and let the market come to them, but we are going to the market and making things happen.”
Hair o’ the Dog Wine & Spirits is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
For more information, visit www.hair-o-the-dog.com or call 410-820-4700.