Owners of Anchor Spirits & Wine Retire, Leaving a Legacy in Youngstown

Cheryl and Mark Butera’s journey in the Village of Youngstown took an unexpected turn when they purchased the local liquor store in 2007. Little did they know that their involvement in the Youngstown Business Professionals Association (YBPA) and their dedicated work at Anchor Spirits & Wine would have such a lasting impact on the community. However, after thirteen years as president and secretary, respectively, Cheryl and Mark recently announced their retirement.

The Buteras’ journey began when Cheryl, after a long career at the Niagara County Department of Mental Health, was preparing to leave her job. It was Mark who noticed that the liquor store was up for sale, and despite Cheryl’s initial reservations about running a business, they both fell in love with the store and the idea of owning a liquor store in Youngstown.

Their dedication to the community extended beyond Anchor Spirits & Wine. In their roles at the YBPA, Cheryl saw membership grow from 20 members to nearly 80. She also initiated two annual traditions in the village—the St. Patrick’s Day Parade honoring former mayor Neil Riordan and the Street Dance at the start of summer. The couple’s efforts were instrumental in securing grants for the village through the William G. Mayne Jr. Business/Community Enhancement Program, supporting various projects and recognizing outstanding businesses.

Despite the challenges brought by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Buteras remained committed to their store and community. However, the time has come for them to pass on the torch. While they intend for the new owner to maintain the store as it is, they also look forward to embarking on new adventures in their recreational vehicle.

As they bid farewell to their roles at Anchor Spirits & Wine, Cheryl and Mark Butera look ahead to the potential renaissance of Youngstown. With the anticipated opening of the Griffon restaurant and brewery nearby, they envision new opportunities and a fresh wave of visitors and businesses.

Although their retirement marks the end of an era, the Buteras will continue to support the YBPA and assist the new board members in their transition. The YBPA is actively seeking dedicated individuals to step up and contribute their time and skills to the community.

The legacy left by Cheryl and Mark Butera in Youngstown is one of dedication, growth, and community spirit. As they prepare to embark on new adventures, their impact will continue to be felt, and Youngstown will forever be grateful for their contributions.

FAQ Section:

1. Who are Cheryl and Mark Butera?
Cheryl and Mark Butera are individuals who purchased the local liquor store in the Village of Youngstown in 2007. They have been actively involved in the Youngstown Business Professionals Association (YBPA) and dedicated their time to Anchor Spirits & Wine.

2. How long have Cheryl and Mark been involved in the community?
Cheryl and Mark have been involved in the community for thirteen years, serving as president and secretary of the YBPA, respectively.

3. What other contributions did Cheryl and Mark make to the community?
In addition to their work at Anchor Spirits & Wine, Cheryl and Mark helped grow the membership of the YBPA and initiated two annual traditions in the village – the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and the Street Dance.

4. What program did Cheryl and Mark secure grants through?
Cheryl and Mark secured grants for the village through the William G. Mayne Jr. Business/Community Enhancement Program.

5. Why are Cheryl and Mark retiring?
After thirteen years, Cheryl and Mark have decided to retire and pass on the store to a new owner. They also plan to embark on new adventures in their recreational vehicle.

6. What do Cheryl and Mark envision for the future of Youngstown?
Cheryl and Mark anticipate a potential renaissance of Youngstown with the opening of the Griffon restaurant and brewery nearby, which may bring new opportunities and visitors to the community.

7. How will Cheryl and Mark continue to support the YBPA and the community?
Although they are retiring, Cheryl and Mark will continue to support the YBPA and assist the new board members in their transition. The YBPA is actively seeking dedicated individuals to contribute their time and skills to the community.

Key Terms:
– Youngstown Business Professionals Association (YBPA): An association aimed at supporting businesses and professionals in the Village of Youngstown.
– Anchor Spirits & Wine: The liquor store purchased and operated by Cheryl and Mark Butera in the Village of Youngstown.
– William G. Mayne Jr. Business/Community Enhancement Program: A program through which grants were secured for the village.
– Griffon: A restaurant and brewery anticipated to open near Youngstown.

Related Links:
Youngstown Business Professionals Association
Griffon Restaurant and Brewery