Have you experienced Thirsty Thursday? It’s a wonderful event put together by the downtown merchants, where everyone gets the opportunity to sample wine, beer, and other alcoholic beverages from local wineries, breweries and distilleries while shopping downtown. Last week marked the 4th Thirsty Thursday event, and I made it my goal to sip, shop and snap photos for you!
We decided to start the rounds going down Elm street, and Fern & Sycamore was our first stop.
Fern & Sycamore hosted Blumenhof Winery from Dutzow, which is open all year round and offers live entertainment on weekends.
Sampling wine while you are shopping American-made goods – who doesn’t love that?
Emma (new shopping assistant, modeling jewelry from Fern & Sycamore) and Gina (store owner) agreed to pose for a photo.
Our next stop was Not Just Cut and Dried, where we were greeted with delicious samples of Irish Coffee (made with Washington Blend Coffee, Jack Daniel’s Black, and whipped cream). Yum!
The shoppers seemed to enjoy the coffee and the other goodies in the store.
Next we visited Four Seasons Florist down the street. They always have the most beautiful seasonal displays!
Colorful and fun owls at Four Seasons Florist.
I couldn’t resist these adorable creations.
After Four Seasons Florist, we went across the street to I. B. Nuts and Fruit Too. They hosted Adam Puchta Winery from Hermann.
That was the first time I sampled wine from Adam Puchta, and I loved it. The best part – you could buy a bottle at the store!
I.B. Nuts and Fruit Too had a Thirsty Thursday special for all shoppers.
They also offered samples of Pickney Bend’s Corn Whiskey, which the gentlemen quite enjoyed.
And the ladies, as well 😉
Store owner Barbara Hillermann posed with flowers from Four Seasons Florist – I love how connected all downtown businesses are!
On the corner of Main and Elm, we made a stop at Gary Lucy Gallery. Nikki from Montelle Winery offered delicious samples.
Happy customers at Gary Lucy Gallery.
I fell in love with this cheerful Easter set!
A little bit down the street, we stumbled upon Katie and Todd Geisert at the Fudge Shoppe.
Todd Geisert was in the mood for some good ice cream, and the lovely Kim offered us to sample wine from Bias Winery.
Toni’s Crafts and Home Decor was bustling with people, attracted by Augusta Brewery.
Addi’s hosted Robller Winery, another local favorite.
I finally got to meet Derek Wenceslaus in person, we have been following each other on Facebook for a while. He and his friends were having lots of fun 🙂
Sipping while shopping definitely proved to be appealing for many.
I loved the matching outfits of the adorable ladies at Addi’s – the store is full of colorful patterns for spring!
It was a little past 8pm, when we finally made it to our last stop on the Thirsty Thursday journey – The Art Center Gallery and Custom Framing.
As the last customers were leaving, we snuck in for a little chat with gallery owners Jane and Dave Arnold.
You can find this beauty at the windows of the Art Center. Dottie Lownsbury-Dolan does an amazing job decorating.
Last wine samples for the evening from Noboleis Vineyards. Jane and Dave were wonderful hosts, as always.
I often try to combine work with pleasure, and Thirsty Thursday was no exception. While visiting all downtown stores, I made sure to collect some brochures for the Visitor Center. Washington is called the Heart of Wine Country for a reason.
The next dates for Thirsty Thursday downtown are June 20th and September 19th. For more information, please call 636.239.1743.