December 8, 2021

Cl Youth Theatre

Fashion, The needs of women

Women-owned Canal District Wines opens at Worcester Public Market

WORCESTER — Canal District Wines, a women-owned boutique wine shop, has opened in a storefront on the Green Street side of the Worcester Public Market.

Shop owners Rachel and Olivia Scanlon — a married couple who go by Rae and Livy — will host a grand opening 4:30 to 8 p.m. Friday. 

The event is free. Guests will receive a CDW-branded wineglass, while supplies last, with which to taste a selection of the shop’s offerings.

Guests can also meet the “Wine Babes” behind Canal District Wines and capture an image of themselves among custom portraits of Canal District pets at a fun, floor-to-ceiling selfie wall.

The idea for their own wine shop came after the ladies found themselves leaving the city to stock up on spirits.

They live in the Canal District with their rescue pup, Rusty, and are dedicated to being active, supportive members of the neighborhood’s strong and vibrant small-business culture.

It became their mission “to strengthen and serve the Canal District community through learning about and enjoying wine.”

“After our umpteenth trip to Shrewsbury to stock up on bottles, we decided to create a local wine store where all are welcome,” Livy Scanlon said.

Canal District Wines at 160 Green St., Worcester.

The women said they are “beginners” when it comes to wine and hope to help others who are early into their exploration of wines.

“While we love wine, we are wine beginners ourselves, and look forward to learning about our wines together with our community,” Rachel Scanlon said.

Canal District Wines works with woman-owned Gilbert Distributors to carry 24 thoughtfully-curated bottles: eight white, eight red and eight rosé/specialty, the owners said.