Columbus entrepreneur Sonya Trent-Pellom focuses on the finer things

Sonya Trent-Pellom, founder of Exquisite Wines & Cigars, recently ventured into high-end coffees and teas.

Sonya Trent-Pellom grew up in a little town in Fayette County, about 40 miles south of Columbus, but she’s carved out a identify for herself as a retailer of fantastic, world-wide preferences. 

She started out Exquisite Wines & Cigars in 2013, first as a wine distribution corporation, but at some point she required extra. After building a name for herself with superior-conclusion occasions for corporate consumers and superstar galas, in 2020 Pellom ventured into packaging activities on the net. Though pursuing a license to offer wine, Pellom has turned to coffee, tea, wine glasses and other large-stop equipment. As soon as she opens a brick-and-mortar retail area, she’ll be able to add wine to the checklist of on the internet choices.

With 7 several years below her belt, the 51-calendar year-outdated entrepreneur wishes to share her adore of the finer factors with a much more numerous local community. She not long ago spoke with Columbus CEO, a sister publication to The Dispatch.

What about your enjoy of the finer issues in lifestyle?

Trent-Pellom: My grandmother taught me the relevance of look at an early age. Even while we were in a rural place — my superior faculty was practically in the middle of a corn discipline — getting a tomboy was unacceptable. She generally told us, you hardly ever know who you’re going to fulfill, so you want to current the globe with your best self when you can. The wine came culturally, way too. I grew up looking at my mom and my grandmother make wine. I often carried that with me.

The place do you imagine you get your entrepreneurial spirit?

Trent-Pellom: From my grandfather. He bought alcohol during Prohibition, but he was also a homebuilder and labored in the neighborhood mill. He put his entire self into his enterprises. He utilized to convey to me, your operate is an extension of who you are. And he taught me not to be fearful to are unsuccessful. 

How did Exquisite get its start out?

Trent-Pellom: Exquisite commenced in 2013 as a wine distribution enterprise. I loved it at first — conference new persons and going to unique locations, to different wineries and doing all the things distributors do. And then we strike a specialized niche: We started accomplishing private functions for huge regulation companies and M/I Residences. When providers essential a present for an executive or they desired to host a personal bash for a recently developed luxury household, they would arrive to us. We’d have a wine bar and cigar desk, and anyone there to slice cigars for guests, and I’d offer you wine and cigar pairings dependent on the menu. 

What do you imagine manufactured clients continue to keep coming back again?

Trent-Pellom: Some of your clientele are your purchasers mainly because they enjoy you and what you offer. You present a great vibe, and men and women will be captivated to that.