Montgomery couple gives new life to used bottles at A Second Round

A Second Round sells upcycled wine and Topo Chico bottles which have been turned into custom engraved drinkware. (Courtesy A Second Round)
A Second Round sells upcycled wine and Topo Chico bottles which have been turned into custom engraved drinkware. (Courtesy A Second Round)

A Second Round sells upcycled wine and Topo Chico bottles which have been turned into custom engraved drinkware. (Courtesy A Second Round)

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Part of the production process includes sanding and fire glazing the bottles. (Courtesy A Second Round)
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Brent (middle left) and Scarlett Stokes (middle right) started A Second Round with their family in October 2019. (Courtesy A Second Round)
Before starting A Second Round, Brent Stokes had retired from a global mining manufacturing company and Scarlett Stokes had been a marketing consultant. Now, they are upcycling Montgomery’s used wine and Topo Chico bottles into custom-engraved drinkware.

“We’re doing an environmentally and sustainable-friendly concept of taking what was once going to be waste and upcycling it,” Brent said. “We’re repurposing an item that otherwise would have been tossed into the trash can.”

Brent said he was inspired to start A Second Round after traveling to Chile with a colleague, where he saw locals with a similar concept. When he got back, he said he made some glasses for Scarlett, which she shared with her friends, he said.

The glassware became popular among friends, Brent said, so they began organizing the business in October 2019 before launching online in early 2020.

“We literally started in the garage when we started this business,” Scarlett said.


Since then, Scarlett said they moved into a small warehouse to store all the bottles they received. They plan to open a brick-and-mortar location of the business in mid-October, which will include a storefront and warehouse, Brent said.

Brent said the community participates in the production of the product, from inspiring the designs found on the glasses to providing the bottles needed to make the product.

“All of the bottles come from the local area from restaurants and friends,” he said. Scarlett said A Second Round joined the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce two years ago, which has been helpful in the company’s success.

“The Montgomery area has been very supportive and welcoming to the idea of creating a sustainable solution for both opportunities for growth of individuals within the community and having products made in the community,” Brent said.

A Second Round

700 McCaleb Road, Ste. E., Montgomery

www.a2round.com

Hours: Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., closed Sat.-Sun.
By Chandler France

Reporter, Tomball/Magnolia

Chandler joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in June 2021 after graduating with a degree in journalism from the University of Southern California, where he was the executive editor of Annenberg Media. He previously interned with the company in Gilbert, AZ and with the Beacon Project, an investigative reporting team in Los Angeles. Chandler is originally from Laguna Hills, CA.



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