Mark and I met 25 years ago, but his love affair with food and wine was already in full bloom!! In his early days, he prepped food, washed dishes and mopped floors…..noble, character-building skills and ones that thankfully, he still practices at home. In his early 20’s, he rose to become the General Manager of the famed Grand Central Oyster Bar in NYC. This is where I met him, and for most of the 90's, he orchestrated the entire show beneath the great train station. He is very proud to have developed its award-winning wine program which won all kinds of awards for its breadth and depth, and it positioned Mark as a wine expert within the food and beverage industry.
We launched Ocean 211, our fine dining, award-winning seafood restaurant in downtown Stamford in the late 90's. Five years in a row, Ocean 211 won the very coveted "Award of Excellence" from Wine Spectator Magazine due to my husband’s finely crafted wine list. We sold Ocean 211 in 2003 due to the difficult task of juggling a time-intensive restaurant business while raising a family. The same month in 2003 that we sold Ocean 211, we opened Mo’s Wine & Spirits. What a fabulous ride it has been!
Mark’s passion for wine led us to develop our 10,000 square foot store in downtown Fairfield, and I must confess that I too do enjoy a great glass of wine but the passion is all Mark. My contribution to our businesses has been my business acumen having graduated from NYU with a MBA and decade plus business experience prior to becoming an entrepreneur. Since 1998, we have launched and run three successful businesses in our great state of CT while raising a beautiful daughter. We contribute to our beloved community by serving on various boards, task forces and as a town commissioner. We have coached town sports, led scout troops and held numerous PTA positions. Fairfield is very important to our family, not just because we are business owners here, but because we love this community.
We feel very grateful for our customers and neighbors that frequent our store. We thank all of you that shop local and encourage you to continue doing so not just for Mo’s Wine & Spirits but all of our locally-owned stores. By shopping locally, you help retain the small stores that line our quaint CT downtown streetscapes. We hope to be a part of the Fairfield community for years to come!
Maureen (Mo) Abrahamson