The Darien Chamber is proud to announce two Chamber members who have been awarded Westfair Communication’s “40 Under Forty” for Fairfield County! The award goes to individuals who are over 25 and under 40 years of age, a dynamic industry leader who is part of the county’s business growth and lives or works in Fairfield County. Congratulations to David Wagner of Sipstirs and Tim Harvey of Grieb’s Pharmacy in Darien.
David Wagner, the owner of Sipstirs, a local wine store in Darien, has helped bring a new vitality to downtown Darien. With almost 20 years of experience in the beverage industry, David opened his first brick-and-mortar of fine wine, artisanal spirits, and craft brew in 2017. Since many have come to cherish this establishment; a second location was opened in Wilton this Spring.
David is an active participant in the town and serves as the Darien Chamber’s Vice Chair and Chairman of the Darien Chamber Charitable Foundation. He frequently partners with local businesses and nonprofits, contributing to the planning and success of fundraising efforts of over 25 local organizations including The Town of Darien Firefighters’ Foundation, The Depot Youth Center, Star Inc., Abilis, The YWCA, and Person-to-Person. During COVID, David was instrumental in bringing town residents together offering virtual wine and food tastings with other local establishments.
He was paramount in offering people a much-needed distraction and lesson in fine wine while assisting some local businesses to stay in business. Sipstirs more than your average wine store offering a wine of the month club, space for private events, fundraisers, and seminars.
Tim Harvey is from a small town in upstate NY and graduated from Albany College of Pharmacy with a doctorate in Pharmacy in 2014. He started at Grieb’s two years later in 2016, “I worked at other local pharmacies in Stamford and New Canaan, until I eventually was lucky enough to find Grieb’s”, said Harvey.
“The owners, Debi and Chuck Hibben immediately treated me like family. They had me over for dinner on holidays, taught me about the business of pharmacy, and showed me around Darien. The people in Darien were very welcoming and almost always kind and thankful for our service, this was unlike any other experience I’d had in pharmacy up to this point,” Harvey continued.
Tim refers to the kindness and gratitude the people of Darien and Fairfield County showed him and the staff, “They motivated me to do everything I could do to help them through COVID-19.” In 2021 Grieb’s was able to give 12,000 COVID vaccinations and will continue to fight against COVID with efficient and caring service, as well as accessibility to the newest and most effective treatments. Tim would like to thank the patients, the Hibben’s, his coworkers (Denise, Nancy, Sandra, Chi, Mark, and all), and most of all his family, “for allowing me to devote so much of my time and energy to Grieb’s throughout the pandemic.”
The Darien Chamber of Commerce is committed to taking a leadership role in promoting the business community and quality of life in Darien.