When Chris Crocker first took over a liquor store location at 73 Main St., Batavia, she had a vision.
She didn't see the nearly bare shelves. She envisioned shelves stocked with some of the best wine and spirits available in the community.
Ten years later, she feels she's achieved that dream, she said, thanks to a great staff and the support of the community.
Crocker and her staff will celebrate The YNGodess Shop's 10th anniversary tomorrow (Saturday) from 5 to 7 p.m. tomorrow and the public is invited.
"It's been a lot of work a lot, a lot of passion," Crocker said. "I have a great staff. And I've been doing it all for my son, my life. It's not always been easy. We've overcome a lot of challenges and we just keep going. Let's all put our best foot forward and we'll keep being the best that we can be."
Crocker is grateful for the community support and it's always been her goal to give back to the community.
When the pandemic hit, in those first initial weeks, home delivery of wine and spirits became a big part of the liquor business but rather than pocket those extra profits from home delivery, Crocker set the money aside to give back to the community.
"We just gave $250 to a young lady that lost her daughter," Crocker said. "We've done the lunch thing with different (police and fire) departments around. I donated 911 flags back on 911 with the victims' names on them to the various departments around. We helped buy a motorized wheelchair for a woman in Le Roy. We figure it has come close to $20,000 that we've raised and put back into the community."
Top photo: Chris Crocker, middle, and staff members Valeria Antonetty and Jodi Fisher.
The YNGodess Shop is expressing its support for the people of Ukraine with a window display.