Calm, Cool & Collected
Unwined at the Square blends yoga, wine and beer for the ultimate adult time out.
Stressful day? Maybe hit a yoga class. Or grab a glass of wine with friends. As it turns out, you can do both! Unwined on the Square brings the perfect pairing to the Gateway District of Leland: vino and yoga.
Yogis and oenophiles (wine lovers, of course) alike can satisfy their two favorite passions under one roof, thanks to Amy and Brian Burkhardt, proprietors of the new wine lounge and yoga studio combo in Harrington Square and founders of the original Unwined on White in Wake Forest.
Unwined on White just celebrated its third anniversary, and the Burkhardts are excited to bring the concept to the North Brunswick area.
“Both wine and yoga provide a sense of relaxation and a sense of community,” Amy Burkhardt says. “And with the amazing growth in Leland, we felt the area would be conducive for long-term success.”
Opened in June of 2018, Unwined on White in the downtown historic district of Wake Forest started as a journey to incorporate Amy’s love for wine and wellness, Brian’s fondness for craft beer, their daughter’s passion for yoga and their commitment to each other as a family.
For years, Amy and Brian had discussed starting a business together, possibly something wine-related, but had no concrete plans. Until the idea for Unwined was hatched.
Unwined on White was an opportunity for a career change.
“I practiced law for many years in Ohio and just felt like I didn’t want to continue in law,” Amy says. “I was looking for something more relaxing and enjoyable.”
Additionally, one of their two daughters, Jana, was playing collegiate golf for Catawba College in Salisbury, N.C., and they missed being able to go to her tournaments. Not to mention, they were tired of the cold winters in Ohio. So, they made the move to North Carolina.
Not wanting their daughter to feel as if they completely moved in on her, they chose Wake Forest as their destination. At the time, Jana was finishing her yoga training.
“It all just made sense,” Amy says. After some soul-searching and a business plan, the Burkhardts felt the Unwined concept would be a valuable addition to the revitalization efforts of the downtown Wake Forest area, which already had a brewery.
Though Amy admits starting a business from scratch “resembles jumping off a cliff,” she says doing it with your family makes it much easier. “You certainly don’t feel like you’re alone in the process,” she says.
As a family-owned business, Unwined has a mission of working with other small family businesses. The boutique wines are hand-selected from small family vineyards from across the country, several of which are organic practices.
“Being designated organic is a tough process for smaller vineyards to get,” Amy says. “Organic is important to a lot of our customers.”
Unwined also sources a large percentage of their beers from local breweries that produce quality beverages while incorporating organic and sustainable practices.
The wines that Unwined offers are varied and not limited to any one region. Amy and Brian have traveled to destinations like Italy and France to experience their wine cultures firsthand. Amy completed her Level 1 certification for Master Sommelier.
So, what can customers expect at the Harrington Square location in Leland? The environment is very welcoming and relaxing no matter what purpose you’re coming to them for — yoga, wine or both.
“Yoga is a great way to start your day, and wine is a great way to end it!” Amy says.
As for yoga, classes are offered seven days a week, with a mixture of instruction to fit everybody’s practice needs — from beginner-friendly to challenging — including power flow, yoga sculpt and gentle yoga and meditation. Jana is the director of yoga for both Unwined locations. She is a RYT-200 certified instructor who began practicing yoga at an early age to help improve her figure skating.
In addition, she is also a science and math teacher at Rolesville Middle School.
Unwined on the Square will also serve as a venue for a wide range of fun and educational events including wine tastings, wine pairings, wine classes, yoga workshops and live music.
“We love teaching people about different wines as well as local craft beers,” Amy says. “We’ll have complimentary opportunities for people to try different things they may not have tried and hear from the representatives.”
The space will play host to live music featuring local performers and private events for weddings, meetings, baby and bridal showers and birthday parties.
“Unwinded on White has a successful three-year history of bringing people together through wine and yoga, and we plan to recreate all of those things here in our Leland location as well,” Amy says. “We’re excited to be part of this community of like-minded merchants and customers and to help build on and continue to foster the important part that locally owned businesses play in the community.”
Want to go?
To follow the progress of Unwined on the Square, visit unwinednc.com.