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LAUREN PENROD

owner & beer enthusiast

"I bought Midtowne Market in 2010, an upscale bodega-esque downtown convenience store with a focus on craft beer. Over the next few years I continued to expand on the craft beer selection, going down the rabbit hole of beer nerdiness, getting tons of imports, rare goodies, one-offs, and the like. I had completely outgrown my 700 square foot space—the beer had taken over the whole store—and it became apparent that we needed to open a second store (conveniently right across the street from the Market, that was solely dedicated to craft beer. Hence Midtowne Bottle Shop."