A fire in April affected many of the businesses at Johnson Center in Bridgeport. Vino e' Vita is one of those businesses and it's making the best of the situation it can with a sale.
"Our business was involved in a fire back on April 17th so what we're doing today is we're selling off the fixtures, furnishings, and remaining accessories from the store," said Bernie Teyssier, owner of Vino e' Vita.
Teyssier said Vino e' Vita means "wine is life," but that's one thing that wasn't included in the sale.
"All of the wine and consumable things had to be destroyed because of health standards. We are selling some of the racks that we used to display the wine on the floor, the furnishings that we had, and then a lot of things like wine bottle stoppers, some home decor type things," Teyssier said.
Many people lined up to get some wine accessories and furniture that were still in good condition.
"It was all exposed to smoke and some water so the condition varies but a lot of things are in really good shape, especially the accessories which were back in the storage room which really was not affected so much," explained Teyssier.
Vino e' Vita will not re-open its business in a building, for now it will be run as a service business.
"We're going to be providing in home and corporate wine tastings, some wine catering, and consultations for individuals who are interested in setting up their own wine cellars," said Teyssier.
Some of the other businesses affected by the fire include Roberto's and Dry Cleaning World. Dry Cleaning World has opened up in a trailer behind Johnson Center and Roberto's is in the process of opening at the North Central West Virginia Airport.