The Social Cork Wine Bar was founded by Jay and Melony Speelman. Born out of the pursuit of leaving corporate life and building a dream of our own, we agreed to begin a small business venture.
We were born and raised in Brooklyn and Long Island, New York, and have lived in South Carolina for 14 years. Our precious daughter, Julianna is 16 years old, and will be working at TSCWB.
We are often asked, “Why a wine bar?” The following quote encapsulates our answer to “why”:
“Even though I know how to use a smart phone, I’d still rather go dancing than watch television, and I find nothing more satisfying than singing with my friends next to a fire. We are here so briefly that missing a single opportunity to connect with people seems a crime. That’s why we drink wine- it softens the hardness of the day, and loosens our tongues so that we may confide in a friend, share the day’s event with a spouse, or sparkle with a lover over a romantic dinner. This is why we are alive-to be together.” — Celia Ramsay
We want to bring people together in a place where ALL are welcome. We have asked God to use us as a vessel to build strong community, fellowship, and lasting relationships. All that walk through TSCWB doors are friends. Ms. Ramsay’s quote on wine will be framed and affixed to the wall at TSCWB to serve as a reminder to never miss a moment to connect with someone, and enjoy one another’s company.