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Business owner hopes Sunday alcohol sales will boost economy

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Newberry business owner Sean Pomeroy Newberry business owner Sean Pomeroy

In the heart of Newberry, Sean Pomeroy hopes to perk things up with Half Full Coffee and Wine bar on Main Street.

"If you love what you do, you'll never work a day in your life," said Pomeroy.

And he loves wine. Now he can finally serve it on Sundays. Before Sunday it was off limits.

"For the past six months we've been open on Sunday and, to be brutally honest, most of the Sundays we don't break even," said Pomeroy.

But he hopes the new city ordinance now in effect will help.  He and other business owners petitioned town council for the change.

This month, council left it to the voters. 75% of them said yes, giving Pomeroy a chance to serve champagne.

"When you pour in some peach nectar, it makes it easier to do early in the morning," said Pomeroy. "I don't expect a lot of people to drink beer at 10 a.m. on Sunday."

"My hope is the bars and restaurants will now be open on Sundays," he said. "More people will come to eat. Then those same folks will see people walking up and down the street. Then the other stores like antique and jewelry stores will be open on Sunday."

Bringing a new trend, spirit and flavor to town. He hopes people will take a closer look at Newberry.

"We have a lot here to offer," said Pomeroy.

In November, Newberry County residents will vote on a proposal that would allow Sunday alcohol sales outside the city limits.

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