ll archives: 3 Parks Wine Shop's Sarah Pierre
A purveyor of good food and fine wine? We're obsessed. Meet the ladypreneur behind ATL gem, 3 Parks Wine Shop, Sarah Pierre.
Name: Sarah Pierre
Current location: Atlanta
Where are you from? I was born in South Orange, NJ. But, I’ve lived in GA my entire life. I grew up in Lilburn.
Education: BS in Criminal Justice. Shocking right? I really wanted to be an Attorney or FBI Agent. Spent my entire life working on it. Then I fell in love with food and wine.
Business & Formal Title: 3 Parks Wine Shop - Partner/Owner.
What is 3 Parks Wine and how did it come to be? 3 Parks Wine is a neighborhood wine shop right in the center of Grant, Ormewood, and Glenwood Park.
What did you do before? I’ve pretty much worked in restaurants most of my career - I’ve worked in every position - I did it all. I left restaurant management in 2012, and decided to take some time off to figure out my next move. The insanely grueling hours were wearing me out. After about 6 months, I decided to go work with one of my best friends at a telecommunications company. That didn’t last too long. I got a phone call phone from my very good friends who own The Shed at Glenwood and they asked if I wanted to purchase a wine shop with them. I was like ‘hell yeah I do’. So we did, and here we are.
What did you think you’d be doing now whenever you were 10? If you would’ve asked me at 10 years old what I’d be doing, I would’ve rattled off something like this...’I’m going to be a lawyer. I’m going to wear pencil skirts & high heels and I’m going to win all of my cases. I will have three books written by the time I’m 30.’ Ughhhh...to be 10 again.
Would you describe 3 Parks Wine as your “dream job”? Why or why not? I don’t know if I’d call it a dream job, but having a wine shop is absolutely at the top of the list. To be able to do what you love, and it just so happens to make lots of people happy - I’d say that’s pretty amazing. My dream job...working directly with Anthony Bourdain for a year.
Are you involved in any side hustles, ladypreneur collabs or baby projects? Tell us about them. Working on it. I’ve been having these monthly brainstorming meetings with a good friend of mine, Brandy Schuman, who owns A Sensible Habit. She’s a super talented artist and designer. We ping idea’s off of one another hoping that we’ll have the next big thing/collaboration. Stay tuned...
What does your daily routine consist of? I try to wake up pretty early during the week. I usually check my email on my phone while I’m still ½ asleep, then if i’m not in a huge rush I’ll get on instagram. I always read some sort of news in the morning - maybe Huffington Post or my daily theSkimm email. I take spin classes M, W, F mornings and the other days I either run outside or run around the city doing work errands.
I’m usually in the shop around 11am and the day officially begins. When customers aren’t in the shop, I’m either doing an endless amount of paperwork, planning private wine tasting events, scouring the internet for cool new wines, 3 Parks social media, working on the Monthly Wine Club, reading wine blogs, & stocking shelves. But most of the time, I’m usually just chatting with peeps while they browse the store.
How do you balance work and life and is that actually even possible? I wouldn’t say there was much of a balance. The scale definitely leans more on the side of work. I work pretty much everyday, so life kind of just fits in when it can. I make sure to spend time with the man cause that’s super important to me. I always squeeze a dinner in during the week with friends, and I try to get together with my family a couple of times a month. I also shop online so I don’t have to go to stores as much - that frees up more time.
You have to do it and you hate it – what is your least favorite task to do at 3 Parks Wine? Either inventory or washing the wine growlers. Can’t decide which I hate the most. I guess I don’t really hate either. Inventory is just tedious, and washing growlers is a major chore. I’m pretty ocd about cleaning the bottles so it takes for-ever.
Top 5 favorite cities? NYC, Nashville, Brooklyn, Venice Italy, London, Atlanta
Red, White or Sparkling? All of the above - duh. Ok, ok, sparkling.
Tell us the best place to eat in your city. If it’s your kitchen, share your favorite/best recipe. This might be the hardest question you’ve asked so far. Can I give you a list? Optimist, Miller Union, The Shed at Glenwood, Kimball House, Leon’s Full Service, Serpas to name a few.
Words to live by: Eat, drink, repeat.
In 5 years you’ll be: A multi-business owner, a mom, and a wife.
On being a woman entrepreneur: It is one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. I work more than you can possibly imagine. Being an entrepreneur is exciting, scary, exhausting, & liberating all at the same time. You wake up in the middle of the night thinking about all the things you have to do the next day, all the things you forgot to do the day before, and all the new fun things that are in the near future. I love it! It’s worth every second. I highly suggest any women to do it, and am always willing to chat with anyone who needs advice and suggestions.