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Seaholm Wines & Liquors Changing Hands

Landmark Huntington retailer, founded in 1946, to be sold by current owner after 35 years.

Seaholm Wines & Liquors, a landmark in the Huntington Village business community with origins that go back to the end of World War II, is being sold, senior partner Ted Ryder confirmed Tuesday.

“We’ve had this business for thirty five years,“ said Ryder, who purchased the store from the Seaholm family in 1976. “Now it’s for sale to a new owner. We’re going to closing next week.”

The new owner, said Ryder, is named Chris Lin.

Seaholm Wines and Liquors is named for Carl Seaholm, who opened up the store on Main Street, Huntington after returning from service with the U.S. Army in World War II in 1946. After a number of years, the business moved to New York Avenue, and then eventually to its current location on Wall Street.

Ted Ryder and a partner purchased the business in 1976, and since then he and his partners have brought a level professionalism and dedication to their business that has resulted in the store being regarded as having one of the finest selections of wine, and one of the most knowledgeable staffs on Long Island.

Over the years, as the main wine buyer for the store, Ryder has visited famous winemakers in almost every important wine-producing region in the world, attended numerous wine tasting in New York, Long Island and elsewhere, and tried almost 2,500 wines each year.

Ryder also was instrumental in establishing Seaholm’s reputation for community service. For many years he taught a wine class at Huntington High School. In 1982 he started the Wall Street Gourmet Deli, now The Culinary Studio, and sold it in 1986. He ran the wine tent at Long Island Fall Festival for eight years.

And he donated his efforts to Family Service League in Huntington to provide wines from 20 different suppliers for the "Great Chefs of Long Island" charity event each year, in December.

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According to Ryder, his store manager will continue with the business under new ownership.

paul February 20, 2013 at 12:37 PM
Big loss for Huntington.
Regis C. February 20, 2013 at 01:23 PM
Is it going away or just new ownership?
Jeff February 20, 2013 at 02:31 PM
I hope the new owner will have prices that are competitive with Bottles and Cases.
Rocket 88 February 20, 2013 at 03:24 PM
I think the store was an asset to the community and to wine lovers around the area and beyond. It's difficult to keep up with the mega discount liquor emporiums, however, Seaholm does a great job of keeping their prices competative and their selection above the rest. I will continue to patronize the establishment unless they have a change in business direction.
Howard Nussdorf February 20, 2013 at 03:26 PM
Say it's not so! i hope it retains its higher level of sophistication and wine selection that has made it my favorite wine store all these years compared to some of those cheap liquor stores that pop up everywhere that don't know what a quality french red is, if you know what i mean.
Jim R. February 20, 2013 at 04:38 PM
No Howard, what do you mean?
beanzo February 20, 2013 at 05:43 PM
Their prices were way out of control..Bottles and Cases/Bottle bargains are No. 1 !!!!!!
Howard Nussdorf February 20, 2013 at 08:31 PM
If you're satisfied with the selection offered in regular run-of the mill liquor stores then "if you know what I mean" does not apply to you, Jim.
John E. February 21, 2013 at 02:32 AM
Kudos to Ted and his team for creating a haven for wine lovers. I've always loved exploring at Seaholm and their recommendations have always been spot-on. Just a great place.
Chattyc February 21, 2013 at 04:05 PM
No biggie! Bottles and cases blows them away!
Chattyc February 21, 2013 at 04:40 PM
To Howard. If you claim to know the quality of a "good French wine" the why would you pay a higher price for someone to confirm it? Have another glass!
Jim R. February 21, 2013 at 08:07 PM
Howard, you probably don't know the difference between a quality french red and franza.
Jim R. February 21, 2013 at 08:08 PM
Haha, good one!
beanzo February 22, 2013 at 05:02 PM
It's all about price..Bottles and cases have THE BEST PRICES and they also give good customer service, etc...

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