Former investment banker Sharon Sevrens liked her job, but found what she really loved was wine — drinking it, studying it and teaching others about it.
And by the late 1990s, her passion became so intense that she was convinced a career surrounded by pinot grigio and merlot would be more satisfying than the paycheck she brought home from her number-crunching gig.
So in 2005, she left Wall Street and opened a liquor store called Amanti Vino, which specializes in fine wine, craft beer and artisanal spirits.
Sevrens' career pivot came amid strong growth in wine consumption, which has increased in the U.S. every year since 2000. All this activity is keeping her business buzzing. About 50,000 customers pass through Sevrens' shop doors each year, including talk show host Stephen Colbert and actor Patrick Wilson.