vomFASS Celebrates Grand Opening in Brookline, MA

Candace Rassais, center, with staff and members of the Brookline Chamber of Commerce prepare for the official ribbon cutting for the new vomFASS shop located in Coolidge Corner.

The newest vomFASS shop–located at 305 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02446–recently celebrated their grand opening to commemorate its newest franchise in Brookline, Coolidge Corner. On location events included product samplings, wine and spirits tastings, cooking demonstrations, in-store promos and more!

“What a huge accomplishment this is for Candace Rassias and her staff to safely and successfully open during one of the most challenging times in our history,” said Thomas Kiderlen, Global CEO and owner of VOM FASS AG Germany.  “I’m very much looking forward to the future of this shop in the Brookline neighborhood and cannot wait for the opportunity to visit,” he said.

Rassias and Kiderlen at the VOM FASS headquarters in Waldburg, Germany celebrating vomFASS’ 25 year anniversary in September 2019.

“I am truly blessed.” said Candace Rassias, vomFASS Brookline franchisee. “To own my own boutique shop where I’d get to dabble culinarily and offer such a wide variety of exclusive products has been a dream of mine for years. I knew what I wanted. Having found the vomFASS brand and the history behind the generational business from manufacturing to franchise owners, I knew I found my home,” said Rassias.

Rassais, center, and staff toast to a successful grand opening.

The City of Brookline and Chamber of Commerce were on-site for a special ceremony on Friday, November 6th.  Public events followed on November 7th-8th, following all local safety regulations and social distancing guidelines.

“From the moment Candace and I spoke about her interest in owning her own vomFASS location, I knew she had all the qualities we look for in a franchisee.  Her passion for food and great wine was enough for me to know her success was hers to own. vomFASS USA is proud to announce her as the newest member of our team.  Congratulations and here’s to your amazing start as an entrepreneur!” said Elaine R. Sugimura, CEO of vomFASS USA.

Sugimura, bottom right, and Rassais, front middle, with members of the VOM FASS USA Franchise System touring a French Absinthe distillery on the 2019 Producer’s Trip.

“When life throws you curve balls you figure out a way to embrace the new normal,” said Kevin M. Frain, COO, vomFASS USA. “We are really excited about the Brookline store opening. It has been a challenging year, but we are extremely thankful to the town of Brookline, the property ownership and everyone else who worked diligently to assist us in getting the store opened.” he said. Kevin was on location from the start of Candace’s journey and has supported her throughout the store opening process, so he knows first-hand all of the challenges she faced as many policies and processes via COVID were yet to be determined.

vomFASS Brookline is now open 7 days a week – hours of operation can be found at www.vomfassbrookline.com. The store is full of a wide variety of Holiday Gift Sets that will satisfy anyone on your shopping list. Curbside pick-up and shipping services are also available, call the store (617) 505-5012 for more details.

Rassias pours wine samples for customers.

“I want to thank everyone who has been a part of the opening process from the property management team, vomFASS USA, the Coolidge Corner Merchants, the City of Brookline plus my family and friends.  I would not be here without you all!  Most importantly, to my customers, existing and new, I look forward to serving YOU!” said Rassais.

Are you looking for a new opportunities in 2021 and interested in owning your own business?   Please contact us at franchiseinfo@vomfassusa.com for additional information about owning your own shop!

Disclaimer: This information is not intended as an offer to sell, or the solicitation of an offer to buy, a franchise. It is for information purposes only. Currently, the following states in the United States regulate the offer and sale of franchises: California, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin. If you are a resident of one of these states, we will not offer you a franchise unless and until we have complied with applicable pre-sale registration and disclosure requirements in your jurisdiction.