Although its sign is yet to arrive, Blackhearts & Sparrows’ newest outpost is already well-stocked. The Smith Street store is keenly focused on the boutique – advocating small wineries, craft brewers and top-shelf spirits.
Designed by Champ.Co, the design firm that had a hand in Blackhearts’ Fitzroy North and Richmond stores, as well as Schoolhouse Studios, the generous space has plenty of room to browse in.
There’s a broad offering, ranging from the popular $10 cleanskins to rare vintages, jovially housed in the “School Nights” section. Fans of natural wines will be glad to see an impressive selection on the “Eccentric” shelf, many organic and handmade.
With so much choice, it’s helpful there is some serious expertise on staff. Store manager Amy Wealleans has worked with Blackhearts & Sparrows for five years, and before that travelled around the world making wine.
“All of the staff are very passionate about wine and beer,” Wealleans says. “Most of us come from brewing and winemaking experience.”
Beer lovers will find the new store worth a visit as well, with a full wall of fridges housing craft brews from international and local producers, such as South Australia’s Pirate Life. If you’re after something different, Wealleans suggests picking up Custard & Co.’s Scrumpy Flagon – an unfiltered cider made using wild yeast and local apples.