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Woodstock City Council awards liquor licenses to 3 new businesses

EmpowHer Boutique, Sofie’s Whiskey & Wine, Holzlager coming soon

Holzlager Brewery co-owners Charles Moran of Lake in the Hills, right, and Travis Slepcevich of Woodstock talk about the progress of their new brewery on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019 in Woodstock.
Holzlager Brewery co-owners Charles Moran of Lake in the Hills, right, and Travis Slepcevich of Woodstock talk about the progress of their new brewery on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019 in Woodstock.

The Woodstock City Council on Tuesday approved three new liquor licenses for businesses that are planning to open in the city.

Those include Holzlager Brewing Company, Sofie’s Whiskey & Wine and EmpowHer Boutique.

Council member Jim Prindiville voted against liquor licenses for Sofie’s and Holzlager because both businesses plan to offer video gaming, which he opposes.

Both the whiskey and wine bar and the brewery will go into the former Bohn’s Ace Hardware building at 150 S. Eastwood Drive.

New property owner Henry Patel is in the process of dividing up and renovating the building for retail and restaurant use. The council has given tentative approval for tax-increment financing funding to go toward the plan.

Sofie’s Whiskey & Wine is proposed to be a specialty restaurant with a small bar.

Charles Moran, Travis Slepcevich and Mario Cortez want to open Holzlager Brewing Company by May. The trio plan to brew and offer bar service on-site but also plan to sell the Holzlager product in stores.

EmpowHer Boutique requested a BYOB license for a new venture at 129 Van Buren St. in the historic Woodstock Square next to Starbucks.

Owners Amy Henning and Ashley Klemm plan to offer an “oasis for women” in the space. A soft opening is planned for Tuesday with a grand-opening ceremony planned for Feb. 1, Henning said.

The store will sell clothes and jewelry and offer spa, beauty and photography services that will include boudoir photo shoots. The duo plan to host “BYOB” classes and workshops on a weekly basis. Topics will include Photography 101 and Social Media Marketing. Events will include “Paint and Sip” classes and “Speed Friending,” according to the boutique’s website.

“[Klemm] and I started a women’s Facebook group a year and a half ago called EmpowHer Nation. We’ve watched it grow into a beautiful space for women so we thought ‘Why not give it a physical space?’ ” Henning said.

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