A loan of $5,000 helped create professional quality web and print marketing materials to help sell my brand and products.


Chris's story

My name is Chris Murillo, and I am a proud Astorian and New Yorker.

I was born in Costa Rica; my father is Costarican, and my mother is American. We lived in Costa Rica until I was 8 years old, then we moved to the USA. We lived in several places, but ended up settling in California where I lived until I finished college.

I first visited NYC when I was looking at law schools, and fell in love immediately. I was lucky to be admitted to a great school in NY and have lived here since 2001.

I met my wife in law school, and in 2009 we moved to Astoria after visiting our friends house warming party. We found that Astoria and Queens had everything we were looking for in a place to call home, and so after renting for a year and confirming that it was right for us, we purchased a home here where we hope to raise our family.

After 9 years of law practice at international law firms in Manhattan and 2.5 years of planning, I decided it was time for me to follow my passion for entrepreneurship and start a craft spirits company in my home borough of Queens.



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About Astoria Distilling Company

Industry: Food
Years in operation: <6 months
Website: astoriadistilling.com

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