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Revamped Little Silver Bottle Shop to Expand Its Offerings

The store's new owner says he'll be introducing high quality wine and spirits, tastings and a system to accept credit cards in the coming weeks.

After almost 70 years of steady operation, some big changes are coming to in the coming weeks as the store transitions under its new owner.

Bill Kenney, who's lived in town since 2004, recently bought the Little Silver staple, which has been owned by the same family since its doors opened in 1944.

Now dubbed the Little Silver Bottle Shop, the store will begin to offer an increased selection of wines and Kenney said he would concentrate on expanding the quality and value of what customers will find on the shelves.

The store, which Kenney believes to be the oldest continually running retail establishment in Little Silver, was opened by Ralph Ribustelli who ran it until his son, Robert, took over about 30 years ago.

"I'm very grateful to the Ribustellis," said Kenney. "They've served our community well for nearly 70 years. It's not often that a small town business has that kind of longevity. It's very humbling to become a part of that history.

Kenney said he hopes to retain some of that history while bringing some improvements to the store. For example, the shop will be open on Sundays starting in July and will accept credit cards as soon as next week.

Already, new wooden floors have been installed and a grapey hue covers the store's shelving.

Kenney plans to improve signage for the Bottle Shop after gaining the necessary approvals from the borough.

There are also plans for unique programs, community support initiatives, regular wine tastings and classes, said Kenney.

Little Silver Bottle Shop will remain open for business as improvements are made over the next few weeks. Starting in July, the new shop hours will be Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

A "Grand Re-Introduction" to the community is planned around the July 4 holiday, said Kenney.

VL June 14, 2012 at 01:24 PM
I'm happy to pay a few extra dollars more than Vingo or Spirits on Newman Springs Road to have a good local place in town. But the debit / credit card thing is a must!
Mairead Clifford June 14, 2012 at 05:47 PM
Best of luck Bill!! We are sure that Little Silver Bottle Shop will be a huge success!
Shannon K. Winning June 14, 2012 at 06:07 PM
Credit cards! Sundays! Don't forget my Patron Cafe Dark Bill.
River Rd June 14, 2012 at 07:14 PM
I was in there yesterday and WOW what a change. The place looked great and the new owner was helpful and informative. He promises better prices, more selection, quality service and CREDIT!!! This might be my new place.
WG Kenney June 14, 2012 at 08:57 PM
Shannon - Thanks for the kind words! I hope to meet you soon. The malbec has been ordered, we are extending the Patron selection to include Dark, the Shiner Bock is being researched as I write this (and will likely be in the house early next week) and we will accept credit and debit cards next week. The ball is rolling! Bill
Shannon K. Winning June 14, 2012 at 09:00 PM
Bill - you are awesome! Do you also do windows? ;-) Hope to meet you soon too.
chef shack June 14, 2012 at 09:24 PM
Robert and Little Silver Liquors is a true gentleman and will be missed by the chef shack looking foward to meeting the new owner good luck to Robert in his retirement and good luck to the new owner with their new venture
Claire Harbeck Izzo June 14, 2012 at 11:29 PM
You Kenneys are good people. Slainte!

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