Date: Fri 28-May-1999
Steve's Liquor Store Changes Hands
BY KAAREN VALENTA
Steve Small has sold his business, Steve's Liquors, in Ricky's Shopping Center
on South Main Street and turned the keys over to the new owners, Don Gabriel
of Trumbull and his son, Don Gabriel, Jr.
Mr Gabriel has been in the liquor store business for 22 years and is a past
president and current member of the board of directors of the Connecticut
Package Store Association.
"I had been looking for a location closer to Trumbull where we could have a
family business," Mr Gabriel said. "I had been in business, with partners, in
the World of Wine in Darien and Town & Country in Derby.
"Newtown is a good market, a growing market, an area where the wine market is
good," he said.
Don Gabriel, Jr, is a graduate of Johnson & Wales University in Providence,
R.I., with an associates degree in food and beverage management, and the
University of New Haven, where he earned a bachelor's degree in business. For
the past five years he has worked with his father in the liquor business.
When Steve Small was approached by the Gabriels, he decided the time was right
to sell. After several weeks of negotiations, an agreement was reached. The
property officially changed hands on May 17.
Mr Small operated the Chestnut Pub in West Virginia before moving with his
wife, Sue, to Connecticut in 1986 to be nearer to her family. He purchased a
liquor store that was located in the spot where the Subway sandwich shop now
operates. Later he moved the business to larger quarters in the same shopping
center, then expanded it. For the past ten years he has written a wine column,
"Wine Wisdom" for The Bee .
An active supporter of the community, Mr Small sponsored volleyball and
softball teams and took part in many fund-raising events including the annual
Mr Small said he hasn't decided what he will do now that he has sold his
"I'm exporing other career options now," he said.