September 26, 2022


Making living better

‘Superwomen’ of wine open unique business during coronavirus pandemic

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When Katherine Haswell lost her job at a high-end rooftop restaurant in New York due to the COVID-19 pandemic, she returned to her hometown to visit her longtime friend, Maya Velesko.

Haswell, a certified sommelier, came to Gainesville for what she thought was a two-week visit but ended up living out of a suitcase for three months.

“It was discouraging at first, during the early stages of the pandemic, because I could no longer afford my apartment in New York and was jobless,” she said.

The two longtime friends formed a plan.

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