Wine connoisseur? Perhaps. Lover of Ohio City? Absolutely.
Joy Valentine has managed the well-established Market Avenue Wine Bar for over 15 years. “Since August 1st, 1995,” she recollects.
Like so many local business owners, professionals and entrepreneurs, Joy is also an Ohio City resident of 14 years.
Originally from Fairview Park, she attended Laurel School growing up. After deciding that her Jewelry and Metal Design major at Kent State University was going to be more of a hobby, rather than a career, Joy switched directions and focused on bartending school instead.
Before finding her calling in the wine industry, she impressively held eleven different jobs at once, which included delivering newspapers, venturing into the catering business, painting and working at Blossom Music Center.
Joy knew nothing about wine before starting her management position at Market Avenue Wine Bar; everything she knows, she has learned on the fly.