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Cheers to ‘whining’ about winter

Annual Main Street event brings crowds to downtown businesses
Feb 09, 2018
Photo by: Karyn Spory Mariah Martin, right, hands out wine samples to Jamie Conrad, left, and La Phanthouvong, center, at La Chic Boutique during Main Street Mt. Pleasant’s Wine About Winter event Thursday night.

By Karyn Spory, Mt. Pleasant News

 

There was no whining from La Phanthouvong and Jamie Conrad during Main Street Mt. Pleasant’s annual Wine About Winter event. In fact, the two were having a great time.

“We both got sitters for tonight,” said Conrad. “It’s a nice community event and a nice excuse to get out.”

“Espeically in town,” said Phanthouvong. “You don’t have to drive, everything is (downtown).” added Phanthouvong. “We’re loving this.”

Phanthouvong and her husband just moved back to Mt. Pleasant two years ago from Iowa City. She said she had been worried about having stuff to do around town, but has enjoyed events like Wine about Winter.

“We’ve been going to as many Chamber events as possible. One of my favorites is Rock Around the Block,” she said.

Over on Main Street, Tammy Mumme, owner of Mirror Image Salon and Spa, said she had people lining up before the event started at 5 p.m. “They just hung out, one even got a hair cut,” Mumme said.

The event lasted from 5 to 8 p.m. and has been billed as a way to get people out of the house and into downtown businesses during the winter when unpredictable weather can leave some Henry County residents with cabin fever.

Raina Tedrow, of Salem, said she was having a great time during the event. “This is just a good time. This is my third year, I’ve made it kind of a tradition,” said Tedrow. “I really like wine.”

“I like wine...I like to try different wines,” she said.

One of Tedrow’s favorites was Airport Road Vineyard’s hard apple cider.

Kalen Henderson, of Airport Road Vineyard, was set up in Mumme’s salon with snacks and a sangria and hard apple cider for guests to taste test.

“We think this is a great opportunity to let the community know what we’re doing out there,” said Henderson. “And it’s fun.”

Besides being able to showcase the variety of products at the vineyard, Henderson said the event was a great way to get back in touch with old friends as it can be difficult to connect during the winter months. “We get to see what everyone has been up to.”

Elizebth Klucker, of New London, said the event made for a great night out. “This is our girls’ night out,” she said motioning to her neighbor. “This is our third year doing this.”

“It’s funny because each year we’ve found a new wine that we enjoy,” she said.

Klucker, who works in Mt. Pleasant’s downtown area at Cornell Law, says she walks past these businesses every day so it has been nice to be able to go inside, sip on some wine and see what they have to offer.

Karen Krogmeier, who resides south of Lockridge, was also enjoying a girls’ night out. “I am having an amazing time,” she said. “I really like wine and I’m with a group of people that are fun.”

Krogmeier and her friends had stopped by the Vintage Raven Too to look around and sample the available wine. “A lot of these businesses I’ve never been to. I’m learning a lot about Mt. Pleasant.”

This was Krogmeier’s first time “wining about winter” but she was sure she’d be back next year.

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