Wine Tasting

Tyler Molnar, a sales representative for Heidelberg Distributing Co., center, pours wine during a “red, white and blueberry” wine tasting event, Tuesday at Kora Brew House & Wine Bar in Bryan. The event was one of the many ways Kora is celebrating its one-year anniversary this week. Pictured at left is Joyce Layton and at right is Becky Blaker. LUCAS BECHTOL/Staff

Who would have thought that in one year, Kora Brew House & Wine Bar on Bryan’s courthouse square would turn into a destination for people from as far away as Dayton?

Teresa Maynard, Kora’s owner, didn’t expect it, but it’s true nonetheless.

“We have a lot of people who come from Archbold, Defiance, really all over,” she said. “We had a couple who came from Dayton, to be honest, a couple days ago because they heard about Kora.”

Maynard had been told that people call the Bryan Area Chamber of Commerce “all the time” about Kora.

That is “fun,” she said, as she wants Kora to help make Bryan a destination where people can stay for a bit to do some shopping.

The growth is more than she expected.

“I would say that it has grown bigger than I thought it was going to be,” she said. “What we started a year ago has blossomed into much more.”

Kora opened one year ago on Saturday, and the little coffee shop and wine bar has already started celebrating with the community that has been so supportive since then, Maynard said.

“We have some people who are there almost every day or groups of people,” she said. “It’s almost become the neighborhood bar, where you show up and you know everybody.”

While it’s great to be thriving after a year, she said it’s hard to believe it’s been a year, as in some ways it “feels like 10.”

The business is growing and currently experiencing some “growing pains.”

“We didn’t anticipate the amount of food orders and flatbreads and stuff that we put out, so we are trying to grow our kitchen bigger and find more kitchen staff,” Maynard said. “I hope the community continues to support us through some of those growing pains. I’m sure they will.”

One-year celebrations started on Monday with a VIP reception and continued into Tuesday with a “red, white and blueberry” wine tasting.

Celebrations continue on Friday, when Moeller Brew Barn will do a “tap takeover” from 6-9 p.m.

On Saturday, Maynard said Kora will have $2 coffee drinks all day, with kids’ frozen drinks for $1.

“We have live music from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. with a lot of our musicians that have been playing for us throughout the year,” she said. “It’s going to be a fun-filled day.”

Kora will have birthday cake lattes and martinis, face painting and a Bloody Mary bar from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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