New business - The Cracked Cork

July 10, 2005

Name of business: The Cracked Cork

Owner: Gary Bowles

Address: 19202 Poffenberger Road, Hagerstown

Opening date: Oct. 11, 2004

Products and services: "We have available in the store a wide selection of home brewers supplies, including bottles, capping materials and corkers, yeasts and how-to books and pamphlets, wine kits, beer and brandy kits. We can help you make it here on site or just answer your questions as necessary while you make it at home."

Market area: Tri-State area

How did you get into your business, or what motivated you to start it? "Have been a wine hobbyist for years and saw the need for a brewers supply outlet here in Western Maryland."


Previous business experience: "Worked in the restaurant and grocery business for a number of years after completing studies at the Culinary Institute of America at Yale University."

Number of employees: One

Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Wednesday and Sunday.

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Telephone: 301-791-2882

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