Paul Killingsworth grew up playing music and earned a college scholarship as a piano player. He later became a bass guitar player.
When he decided to supplement his musical income, he began working in the restaurant industry—eventually becoming well-versed in wine.
Today, the 38-year-old Sugar Land resident combines the best of both worlds with his new business, Vino & Vinyl, located in Missouri City’s Township Square at 3340 FM 1092, Suite 150.
“I saw a need for something in Fort Bend that wasn’t big and corporate,” Killingsworth said.
Killings worth said about half of his customers visit the store for hand-selected wines, which range from $10-$400.
And the other half come to check out Vinyl Records, which have experienced renewed popularity in recent years.
The beauty, he says, is that the wine aficionados start buying the records, and vice versa.
With both products, Killingsworth works with distributors and if his store doesn’t have a wine or a record, he can find order it through his contacts.
Every Saturday, from 1-3 p.m., Vino & Vinyl hosts a wine tasting where customers can try six different wines, all while listening to great tunes. Approximately 40 people attended the first one.
“Vinyl is more of an experience with music— rather than just putting something on your iPod,” Killingsworth said. “In the digital age, that’s kind of lost.
You listen to the whole project from beginning to end. People will start building their record collections, and they won’t let it go.”
Killingsworth still participates as a musician— he plays in his church band at The Vineyard in Stafford.
At some point, the Missouri City business owner is considering opening a wine bar somewhere in Fort Bend County.
On the first Friday of every month, Vino & Vinyl features a different local artist.