The Mugshot owner Jane Sindell puts baked goods into cooling racks at her coffeshop Friday in Oak Creek. Sindell, who plans to open a wine bar at the same location, was granted a liquor license Thursday by the Oak Creek Town Board.

Photo by Melinda Dudley

The Mugshot owner Jane Sindell puts baked goods into cooling racks at her coffeshop Friday in Oak Creek. Sindell, who plans to open a wine bar at the same location, was granted a liquor license Thursday by the Oak Creek Town Board.

From coffee to cabernet

The Mugshot granted liquor license, hopes to attract evening customers


— The Mugshot already has dozens of dedicated regulars who stop in for their coffee in the morning. This spring, owner Jane Sindell hopes her local following will be stopping by her coffee bar on their evening strolls not for a caffeine fix, but for a glass of their favorite wine.

Sindell was granted a liquor license from the town last week, allowing her plans to use the coffee shop as a wine bar and special events venue in the evenings to move forward.

The Mugshot currently closes no later than 2 p.m., and Sindell plans to add evening hours on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. She envisions it as a small, quiet establishment closing by 9 or 10 p.m. - allowing her to continue rising at 4 a.m. to start the day's first batches of her famous cinnamon rolls.

"I've always thought that this would be a nice place to sit down and have a good glass of wine," Sindell said. "I don't intend to be a late night bar by any means."

The Mugshot's cadre of regulars flowed in and out Friday morning, some stopping in for a drink and heading on their way, others grabbing a seat in a plush chair next to the coffee shop's faux fireplace and settling in for some reading. Sindell wants to keep that comfortable ambience for her wine bar.

"It's a place where you can meet people and not feel like you're in a bar - it's more like you're in your living room," Sindell said.

Oak Creek Town Board granted Sindell a liquor license at its meeting Thursday, allowing her to sell beer and wine at The Mugshot.

The state must still review Sindell's license, a process which takes several weeks, Town Clerk Karen Halterman said.

"Personaly, I think our society's association with alcohol is a negative one," board member Tom Bleuer said. However, The Mugshot is the type of responsible venue whose liquor license the town should support, he said.

"It has a very nice ambience, and it would attract a very interesting crowd, possibly from as far as Steamboat," Oak Creek Police Chief Russ Caterinicchio said at Thursday's liquor license hearing.

Oak Creek has lost two liquor licenses recently, Sindell noted, with the closure of Calamity Jane's and Fortune's Pizza and Subs giving up theis licenses.

Sindell worked with former owner Tina Bird to open The Mugshot in 2001 and bought the business from her in 2005.

All the scones, muffins and other baked goods are fresh out of The Mugshot's oven, and the granola, oatmeal and soups served are Sindell's own homemade.

Sindell also hopes to host special events in the evenings, such as wine tastings, movie screenings and live music. The Mugshot has played host to some events in the past, including bluegrass jam sessions and slide shows, but Sindell hopes to solidify its status as a local venue.

"We are having different people move into town - there's a younger contingent," Sindell said.

"I just wanted to grow the business and offer something different for the town."


Ms_E_Bronte 9 years, 1 month ago

Classy atmosphere -- congratulations and good luck, Jane!


steamboattracey 9 years, 1 month ago

Congratulations, Jane! Can't wait to toast you with a glass of wine in your own place!


seven 9 years, 1 month ago

Too bad Oak Creek for the most part believes more alcohol is a good thing. Have never seen anything good come from alcohol ever.

The Mugshot was one of the few O.C. family spots. Recently the high school brought a whole class there to enjoy hot cocoa and sit and discuss future plans.

Thank goodness O.C. at the same time is opening another coffee and donut shop called Judys Donuts on the same street. Also there is still Fortunes we should all be graciously thankful for.They dumped selling alcohol. This place has new,kind owners that are not hateful to customers and appreciate the business and hey, even realize alcohol is not a positive.

Oak Creek needs to look at its history and make corrections. The history of the little town was of huge numbers of bars and alcohol sales, this sparked large numbers of prostitutes and therefore the down fall of many families that worked the coal mines. These folks roamed from out of state and Italy mostly just to find work. Had they not navigated for better jobs their families could have starved.

Talk to some local folks in O.C. and this poor historical fact is one most locals will never say to you, Its a shame those old historical truths partly tower today because of alcohol and more recent years drugs. Matter of fact most are quite proud of this part of history. Therefore sometimes its better to allow folks to sink in their own sand a bit and hopefully learn.Oak Creek is one of those partly blind zones that need much prayer and good mentors to help the little town find a better path. The path currently does not allow for all to flourish. Makes for a difficult life on those in O.C. today who are seekers of peace and just wish to live minus alcohol and drugs.To be able to breathe in the aroma of fresh bakeries without the stigma of whoops its just another bar zone.


eastboy 9 years, 1 month ago

From back here in Mass. I'm sure that Janes own proven character and diligence will ensure as pleasant an evening as the morning. Hope the hours aren't overwhelming and worth it Good Luck, bernie sr.


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