Wine’d Down Week!
Good People with a Good Cause
Story by Kayli Corbin
Photos by Kimberlee Miller
Story by Kayli Corbin
Photos by Kimberlee Miller
It’s easy to forget how powerful we can be in making a difference. We all want to be impactful to the world around us and these local businesses are building relationships and giving back through their Wine’d Down Week (WDW) festivities. For one small donation, you’ll earn a discount at each store. These amazing local business owners then give the cumulative donations to a rotating charity. They’ve worked with Susan G. Komen, the Meridian Foodbank, and Generation Wild. Each stop on the WDW rotation is open their regular hours and offers refreshments, sales, and good conversation on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday one week a month! You’ll get great deals, meet new people, AND contribute to a charitable cause – what could be better than that?
Millie Grace is owned by Lori Aulbach, who grew up in a community focused on small business and keeping your dollars local. As she’s established her business, she realized the value and importance of collaborating with other locals which prompted her to initiate WDW. It started with just 3 stores and has grown to include many- with a growing list interested in future events. Lori loves going back to her roots and focusing on giving and shopping locally. If you’re looking for something dressy or casual, or a unique local gift, this is the place for you. Make sure you swing by Millie Grace and check out this amazing clothing and gift boutique at 2959 N Eagle Rd, Suite 100.
Elle M owners, Claudia and Jessica Greer,are a part of WDW becausethey love collaborating with other local businesses. They share, “We love getting the word out about shopping local and supporting your own community.”Elle M is all about styling women and helping them feel beautiful. No matter your shape, size or age, they have fashions that flatter every woman, from casual to event wear. Thismother daughter duo has over 30 years of experience in fashion, including a strong European influence.You can find them in The Village, next to Soma, at 3540 E Longwing Ln, Suite 110.
44 East Home & Gift Boutique is also comprised of a mother daughter team. They enjoy sharing their store, creating memories and making new friends through this great event. This mother daughter duo told us, “We also love that we get to share with other boss babes who are small, local businesses encouraging each other in success and the pursuit of individual dreams.” Be sure to stop in and see all their great products at 830 N Main St, Suite 100.
Blue Fringe Boutique offers unique, fashion forward clothing and accessories from trendy to Bohoor edgy with a vintage vibe. Each item has been handpicked for an expressive style. Blue Fringe Boutiquenever underestimates the power of a great outfit, a new pair of shoes or the perfect piece of jewelry. Shop Blue Fringe and enjoy the benefits of personalized help and distinct fashion in a comfortable atmosphere at 3349 N Eagle Rd, Suite 110.KeriKinzel shares,“Working with the Idaho girl bosses in WDW has been such an inspiration. They are all talented women who I have learned so much from.”
Lyrique Boutique is a fashion boutique where the client is always top priority. This store offers so many unique pieces and loves participating in WDW. Sara Mraz shares, “It’s a great way to get the community to donate to local charities and explore the individuality of each of our stores.” Her store offers home décor, jewelry, fashion, and so much more. Stop by her store in Eagle at 228 E Plaza Dr, Suite B.
Patio Life offers everything you need to make a backyard getaway. Sara Slatter shared “WDW has been a great opportunity to collaborate with some great shops in Eagle and Meridian. It’s been so fun to find a unique way to give back to the community… I love being able to show case the amazing local artist that consign their art at Patio Life. People love coming in and being able to see locally made artisan goods displayed throughout Patio Life.” Be sure to swing by for a s’more in the fire pit or to sit in some amazingly comfortable patio furniture at 3410 N Eagle Rd.
Barre 3 is a fitness studio and clothing boutique that believes in conscious retailing. This means that they seek out brands that align with their core values. Owner, JenBobodzhanov tells us, “We love WDW because we love to support local businesses and artists. We think this spirit of collaboration is such a defining part of Idaho living. All of our partnerships start with an amazing product, but that’s just the beginning. Once we know the product, we also want to understand the why, the who, and the how behind the brand.” Head over to 2794 S Eagle Rd for a curated collection of athletic and athleisure wear, local jewelry, and unique gifts.
Maison Blue is owned by Alexandra and Rhonda Pollock who are new to WDW and excited to meet new people and share wine and cheese! Alexandra says “We are a mother daughter team inspired by our travels and our store has an old world feel with European inspired home goods. Our vision is to bring in unique pieces that add interest, character and warmth to any room. Being Idaho natives, we want to offer a welcoming and relaxing atmosphere to shoppers!” Stop in at Maison Blue at 50 N 2nd Stto treat yourself!
Erickson Fine Wines is new to WDW. The shop has been open since 2000 and is very excited to try new things and meet new people. You can get great wines at great prices produced by family estates. Shopping Erickson Fine Wines will prevent you from going to chain stores or shopping online only to get a made-up label. Make sure you find your new favorite wine at 150 Riverside Dr, Suite 120.
You get a punch card at the first store you visit and if you get a punch from all the stores, you get entered into a drawing for the basket. The basket has one item from each store and is valued at about $300! No purchase necessary, just a visit! We’ll see you there!