“We really feel that we have built a community in this shop,” owner, Paul Gill, said. “We love to bring people together around a table, and now we are bringing them together at Thirty-A Filet & Vine.”
When Gill’s wholesale distribution job transferred him and his wife, Shea, from Montgomery to Santa Rosa Beach nine years ago, they were happy to trade in city life for the beach. But, there was one thing they missed.
“We kept looking for a place to purchase prime meats and select wines, like the specialty food stores we were accustomed to in Montgomery, but the options were limited,” Shea Gill said. “So we figured we would open one ourselves!”
Last year, the Gills teamed up with their close friend, Cindra Rebya, to open Thirty-A Filet & Vine, a specialty grocery store that has gained a following among locals and tourists. The shop owners have specialized in curating high-quality, unique items. They source premium, 100% grass-fed beef and Wagyu, free-range organic chicken and eggs, and pork from a local farm. The store also has an exclusive selection of unique wines, freshly baked bread, olive oil, cheese and more. Marrow Private Chefs offer take-and-bake meals for purchase too.
“Our goal was to create a store that is not only a one-stop-shop for a gourmet meal, but also a gathering spot for locals to unwind over a glass of wine,” co-owner, Cindra Rebya said.
The Gills have designed Thirty-A Filet & Vine to resemble the comfortable atmosphere of their family kitchen. Customers are encouraged to stay awhile at Thirty-A Filet & Vine, and staff are happy to help guests select the perfect provisions or sample some wine. Food lovers and wine enthusiasts are invited to the stop by for wines by the glass each Wednesday from 4 to 6 p.m.
“This is a project we always wanted to do, and it’s been gratifying to see the store come to life,” said Gill. “Our loyal customers have made this store a success, and we can’t wait to see what comes this year.”
Thirty-A Filet & Vine is located at 1598 CR 393S, just north of Gulf Place. Speak with their knowledgeable staff and then stay for a wine tasting. Open Monday-Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Follow on Facebook or Instagram for the latest offerings and events.