Kim Lawson - Owner
Kim is the owner of Fishpaws Marketplace and is responsible for all the day-to-day operations of the business. She practically cut her eyeteeth on the liquor and wine industry. (Her father has been in the business since 1968.) Kim grew up experiencing her family’s European attitude towards wine; that wine is a beverage to be consumed with food, an adjunct and a complement to any meal. During her years at Fishpaws, Kim has traveled throughout the wine regions of California, the East Coast, and Europe. She also attended VinExpo in Bordeaux. She has attended many classes and seminars on wine and has educated and refined her palate with extensive tasting of all types of wines and spirits from all over the world. Kim has even taught a class on wine at Anne Arundel Community College.
Kim is a principal member of Fishpaws tasting team but her personal passion is customer service. Kim is dedicated to having the best customer service possible. If you are looking for a product that you can’t find in our catalogue, Fishpaws will do their best to find it for you. At Fishpaws, special orders aren’t special, they are part of the finest customer service.
Kim’s formal education consists of a bachelor’s degree from Salisbury State University in Business & Marketing. Kim has been active for many years with the Anne Arundel County Licensed Beverage Association as an officer and board member. She is also a member of the Maryland State Licensed Beverage Association and the Severna Park & Arnold Chamber of Commerce.
The store was purchased by the Lawson family in 1983. Upon graduation, Kim worked in sales for 2½ years, although, her real desire was to run the family business. At that time, her family owned 5 gift stores throughout the MD, DC and Virginia area. After managing the gift stores and learning the liquor business, she realized it would be better to consolidate her efforts and run the liquor store full-time. The gift stores were then closed or sold. Upon managing the liquor store full-time, Kim realized she needed to differentiate the business and started concentrating her efforts on fine wine. After about 5 years of intense marketing efforts, Fishpaws was known as the place to find good wines.
No wonder that Kim was selected as Retailer of The Year by The National Association of Beverage Retailers in 1996. And in 2014, Kim with Fishpaws Marketplace was chosen as the US Small Business Administration’s Family Owned Small Business for Maryland.
Todd Ross - Wine Manager
Todd Ross is Fishpaws’ Wine Department Manager, and brings 26 years of experience, a passion for fine wine, and the pleasure of sharing his knowledge and enthusiasm about wine to the role. His career has always been focused on fine wine retail and direct-import-to-retail where exist the greatest opportunities to fulfill his interests and to pursue diversity and quality.
Ross has traveled throughout Europe and the U.S. visiting and tasting in the cellars of some of the world’s most respected and renowned wine producers. French wines are his first (but not only) love. Ross has journeyed to France many times visiting Roussillon, Languedoc, Corbieres, Minervois, Provence, Luberon, Bandol, Champagne, Bordeaux, Beaujolais, the Maconnais, Chablis, Alsace, and the major appellations of the Loire Valley, and has taken numerous trips to Burgundy’s Côte d’Or region and Rhône Valley. In California, Ross has explored the Napa Valley and attended the Napa Valley Premier Auction, and tasted throughout the Santa Cruz Mountains,
Monterey, Santa Barbara, Santa Rita Hills, San Louis Obispo, and Paso Robles wine districts. In Italy, he has ranged over the Piedmont’s Langhe region and tasted with wine producers in Barolo, Barbaresco and Dogliani. He has traversed Spain, too, visiting top producers in Jarez, Rueda, Ribera del Duero, Rioja, Montsant and Priorat.
Over almost three decades, Ross has produced hundreds of wine events, from small, in-store tastings, to full-blown luxury wine tours in Europe where customers get to interact in person with some of the world’s top wine-producing regions and personalities. He looks forward to meeting you at the store to assist you with your wine purchases, and to sharing a glass or two of wine with you at a future Fishpaws wine tasting or dinner event.
Teri Pheobus - Gourmet Food & Cheese Manager
A Native of Hawaii, Teri grew up enjoying what we mainlanders call esoteric food. For fifteen years, she worked in the restaurant industry in Annapolis as a bartender for Carrol's Creek Cafe. After moving back to Hawaii, Teri became the Cheese Buyer for Whole Foods Market. Teri became the first Certified Cheese Professional in the State of Hawaii; that would be one of 750 in the United States. In case you didn't know, A Certified Cheese Professional is on the same level as a Master Sommelier and a Master Cicerone. Now, Teri is back in Maryland, serving as the Cheese Manager at Fishpaws.
Teri's training included Study at the University of Wisconsin Center for Diary Research. Her travels to many specialty cheese making locales to visit and make a variety of Cheeses such as Italy (Parmigiano Reggiano), Vermont (Jasper Hill Cellars), Petaluma, CA. (Cowgirl Creamery), Pt Reyes, CA. (Pt. Reyes Creamery), Sebastapol, CA (Redwood Hill Creamery), Wisconsin (Emmi Roth) and Sonoma County, CA. (Laura Chenel).
Besides being a turophile, Teri's interests and hobbies are cooking, trail running, fishing, boating and travel. Are your interests in the exciting arena of Cheese pairing and taste? Interested in really complimenting your dinners, parties, hors d’oeuvres and appetizers? Ask her about her Wedding Cake designs made from cheese wheels, or just come in and talk Cheese!