A Houston chef and his artist wife have teamed up to open a new wine and homeware store in Bellaire. Gina and Joseph Stayshich will open Bellaire winery on November 22nd in 5202 Bissonnet St.
Joseph, a veteran chef whose résumé includes Eloise Nichols and Indianola, tells CultureMap that he and Gina wanted to start a business that combined their shared love of wine with his knowledge of food and expertise in the Houston art scene. With the encouragement of friends who live in the area, they chose Bellaire for their company.
“I’ve always had an affinity with the Bellaire area,” says Joseph. “It’s a really undeveloped area. . . We have the feeling that it is a community that is starting to bubble. “
“As Joe said, for years we had dreamed of opening a business together and incorporating everything we love into our own lives. He’s a chef, I grew up in the Houston art scene, ”Gina adds.
“Everything we bring includes things we love and use in our own home,” she says
It starts with the shop’s range of wines, which will consist of around 150 different selections. The focus will be on smaller producers that are not sold in nearby grocery stores or large liquor stores, as well as a few interventions and biodynamic choices.
In addition to wine, the store sells what Joseph calls functional drinks that contain CBD or herbs to lift a person’s mood, sleep better, etc.
Food choices are based on things that go well with wine, such as cheese and charcuterie sourced from Houston Dairymaids. Also, look for pickles and other fermented products, as well as locally made chocolates and candies.
“Eating was an easy thing for me to jump on board,” says Joseph. “I went to local vendors and talked to people at the farmers market. In addition, there are products that we love and have got to know over the years. “
On the housewares side, the store will offer a selection of items that work with wine, such as boards for cheese platters and wine tools. The stayshiches will also have items such as leather goods and plate ware made by local artisans.
Gina’s connections to the art world are equally strong. The room shows a mural by local artist Christian Azul, who also sells wine full-time. Patrick Palmer, Dean of the Museum of Fine Art at Glassell Studio School in Houston, will have some of his paintings on display in the store.
“We’re just trying to bring the best of our two worlds into one space for the Bellaire community,” says Gina.