Salute! Tiny Cellar, New Downtown Wine And Spirit Store

From Downtown Special Services District:

The Bridgeport Downtown Special Services District welcomed the newest fine wine and liquors shop to the neighborhood this afternoon. Tiny Cellar owners Jacqueline Martoral and Javier Ceja were joined by members of the Downtown Bridgeport community to officially open their doors at 44 Fairfield Avenue.

Tiny Cellar’s international wine selection features a range of options from the elegant Chilean Marques de Casa Concha Cabernet to the French Perrier-Jouët Champagne. Their liquor selection includes handpicked top brands, such as Bulleit Bourbon and Maestro Dobel Diamante tequila. The store gives an inviting and welcoming feel, providing customers with a unique experience which makes you want to linger and browse.

“We are honored to be able to contribute to Downtown Bridgeport’s growth through our shop. Our goal is to expand the variety of affordable fine wine and liquor available to Bridgeport residents using our wine selection tool in the store, offering delivery to the downtown area, as well as hosting wine tasting events. We look forward to seeing you all at the Tiny Cellar!,” said Jacqueline Martoral, co-owner of Tiny Cellar.

“The Bridgeport DSSD is excited to welcome Tiny Cellar to the Downtown Bridgeport neighborhood. Tiny Cellar’s international wine selection and handpicked top brands of spirits will add new options for residents, office workers and visitors alike. The Downtown has been missing an amenity such as this, and we are thrilled to welcome Jacqueline, Javier, and Tiny Cellar to the district,” said Lauren Coakley Vincent, President and CEO of the Bridgeport DSSD.

Hours are Monday to Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. and Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. at 44 Fairfield Avenue, Bridgeport, CT.



  1. Wishing them good luck in this venture. They should be thanking Mike Defilippo whi was vilified when he successfully challenged the antiquated zoning laws, placing them in line with the state requirements based on population to permits.

  2. Yeah right. Describe please, in exact detail how Defilippo “successfully” challenged the law. Wake up please and tell everyone all the underhanded ways he tried to get what he wanted and how he lost at every turn. Then they finally changed the law so he could get what he wanted but you know that if it wasn’t for all his political contacts it would have never happened. Talk about “white privilege, collusion,” and any other word you can think of along those lines. Remember, I was only a part of that fight. The school board, NRZ, churches etc were all on board and against what Defilippo was trying to do. I’m sure Mikey’s happy that YOU brought his name up again so that those who remember can again recall how dirty he was in that action, along with the other upstanding people who assisted him like Willinger, Lynn Haig in OPED and others. Get real buddy!!

  3. Salite was the beneficiary of the text amendment. May I remind you that your former location was moved to within 750 feet from Curiale . Judge Radcliffe concurred in his final writing on this case.

    Beers and Cheers
    No More Tears

    1. My former location pre-existed the school and I purchased the business. I did not use political patronage to pick a location that was NOT allowed under the LAW. I did everything under the system which existed and didn’t have to change any laws.
      Judge Radcliffe upheld the law in the initial court case brought by the the owner of the store which is 2 blocks away from Defilippos location AND which is why later attempts by Defilippo failed. It took his political connections to change the law for him to prevail….5 years later. Tell me that had I or anyone else wanted to do so it would have been allowed. Tell everyone else that they can go and change laws and rules to suit their own needs. Tell all the hard working immigrants who later joined in the suit that they have the same rights to do what they want to move their businesses or open new locations wherever they want. I guess you support that type of underhandedness. You are burying your head in the sand on this issue. It’s that type of thinking that keeps Bridgeport smelling like the sewer which it is, politically. I remind YOU that the only reason Judge Radcliffe finally allowed him to open his location is that Defilippo’s cohorts figured out how to change all the rules in his favor taking away the legal elements and the Judge basically didn’t have a choice. I guess you like that type of justice. Congratulations on being apart of Bridgeport’s “machine”. Oh and by the way, I did not fight the fight because my business would or could be impacted. His location is 1 mile from mine meaning that I personally had no standing on that basis. I took up the fight out of principle -and for those immigrants who did not know what else to do to protect their investments. It’s unfortunate that others don’t understand what standing on principle means. As the future elections take place and Mike Defilippo runs for other positions, be sure to remind everyone about his business acumen so that his underhandedness can be brought out into the public eye again. Im sure, as I said, he’ll appreciate you bringing the issue up again!!!

      1. Rich is there really a difference between a pre-existing store located by a school or a school built by a liquor store? Attaining a variance is working through/under existing laws. No?

        BTY, I wouldn’t pat yourself on the back or praise the Judge for striking down the variance that was granted. As you can see it seemed to do more damage with regards to being about to open up a store. Not sure of the political connection these owners had to open up there, yet here they are.

        P.S you and the others probably got played by bringing that lawsuit and the judge was in on it so the law could be changed, or not, either way, Good job by you and your principles. 🙂

        Cheers 🙂

        1. Yes there is a difference and it’s difficult to explain the entire case to people who don’t understand it or don’t want to understand it.

          1. I am sure it would be, but to be fair it’s difficult to explain the simplest things to people who don’t understand or don’t want to understand.

            #self-preservation 🙂


  4. Let’s face it, Mario was the driving force to change the regulations and get the ok for DeFiilippo’s store.Mario even made 95% of the council at the time write letters of support to the judge.Comical.
    Mario to the council..” You no support this store, I no support you”

  5. Judge struck down the first decision based on politics. Second, text amendment on law. You really diminish yourself when you try to mock an citizen immigrant who served our country in Vietnam before he was a citizen.

    1. Really?!! So what’s Mario doing for you? He certainly has done NOTHING for the city of Bridgeport. You must love all the corruption which has occurred under his and his boy Ganims reign. I know that you don’t sit at the little table outside the back door at Suburban sipping espresso with him, Ganim, AJ, Shamus, et al. You know, that same location where the FBI monitored. I guess those meetings may not occur as much anymore. If he sees this he’ll probably tell you what he’s told Defilippo: it best to keep your mouth shut and not draw attention to yourself….and us….again!!!!!!


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