Cask & Keg owners hope new business will fill niche in Valley

Janna Mattson's dream of starting her own business has become a reality.

Janna Mattson’s dream of starting her own business has become a reality.

Cask & Keg, a wine, imported beer and specialty foods store, is open for business on Railroad Avenue in Snoqualmie.

Mattson said she and her husband Brian thought of a few different ideas for a business and decided that Cask & Keg would appeal to both tourists and people who live in the Valley.

“It’s different than anything here now,” she said. “I’ve always wanted to start my own business, but it’s never been the right situation.”

But now is the right time of life for the two to start a business.

“The opportunity presented itself,” she said. “It all just came together.”

The store carries 81 different wines and 68 different beers from all over. Mattson said they have selected wines and beers that can’t be found at the grocery store.

“I’ve had a few people come in who say they don’t have to drive into Bellevue, etc., to get certain beers and wines now,” she said.

Mattson does the wine selection, but she leaves the beer to her husband.

“I’ve always liked wine,” Mattson said. “Brian is the beer man here.”

The couple has been working on the idea since July; they got the space for the store during the first part of October. The space was empty, so they painted and put in new carpet to get it ready for business.

Antiques that display the wine and gifts at the Cask & Keg are on consignment from Kris and Dick Kirby, who own Scandinavian Country in Snoqualmie.

Mattson’s mom, Cindy Peach, has helped set up some displays in the store, but said Mattson did all the ordering and procurement of things herself.

“She’s the businesswoman in the family,” Peach said.

So far, Mattson is encouraged by the amount of walk-in business she has seen.

“It’s been better than I expected,” she said.

For now, the Mattsons will run the store themselves, but they hope to get a part-time employee in at some point in the near future.

“It just depends on how business goes,” Janna Mattson said.

Mattson was born and raised in the Valley and her husband has lived here for about seven years. The two have been married for a year and a half.

The Cask & Keg is located at 8130 Railroad Ave., and the phone number is (425) 831-7044.