July 2017
 
There is no real excuse, but I did not get a newsletter out for June.  We were very short staffed at the end of May but everyone is back and the good news is that Mary Tarr has joined us as a “fill-in” and for busy periods.  Mary was at The Stable Door for many years and we are lucky to have her retail and customer service experience.
 
Please join us today, Friday, July 7, for the Old Town Warrenton First Friday celebration, which starts at 5:30.  There will be wine and beer for sale on the street, great music, a patriotic parade, food vendors (delicious crab cakes were here at previous First Friday events), and more.  We will have our usual wine tasting in the shop from 5 to 8.
 
NEW ARRIVALS:  European kitchen towels (great hostess gifts); a new line of fragrance sprays, drawer liners, diffusers, and body care items; beautiful baskets and handbags from Cambodia; insulated totes and picnic baskets in a wide price range, luxury Pashminas from Kashmir and much more.  A new line of greeting and postcards has just arrived from Germany.  These have no “greetings” so they can be used for any occasion.  A large order of hand-painted stoneware from Tunisia is in the process of being displayed.  We have carried the line for many years and it goes perfectly with our Casafina stoneware place settings that are so popular with brides.  The bowls and platters make great gifts filled with food items, bottles of wine and kitchen towels.  Robbie works wonders with these.
 
The Ultimate Garden broom is back in the shop but unfortunately we had to raise the price to $31.50 as the shipping cost has skyrocketed.    As I have said before, the rest of the population is subsidizing all the free shipping offered by Amazon and other internet retailers.  We are worried about shipping by UPS this holiday season, but we will be happy to pack your purchases made here and you can take them to the Post office or the shipping  
 
Jon and Al Henry’s tomato stand at the corner of Sullivan and Waterloo Streets is in full swing.  I have had some great corn, tomatoes, eggplants, squash and best of all, the Sugar Cube cantaloupe.  We have lots of feta cheese to go with the tomatoes and other salad vegetables. 
 
Our wine shelves are full and overflowing.  There are so many great wines in stock but I just cannot seem to keep up with the “promotion”, ratings and tasting notes.  Maipe, a highly rated malbec from Argentina, is now available in a 3 liter BIB (bottle in a box).  This works out to be under $7 a bottle, which is much less than the bottle price.  The Picpoul in the BIB is back in stock, as is the Montaud rosé in the BIB.  Our assortment of rosés continues to grow, as is the popularity.  The Ruby Red rosé (still and sparkling) are still very good sellers.  Pommery, the famous French champagne house, has released a sparkling wine made in California.  We tasted and loved it, so we decided to bring it in immediately.  One of the most sort after rosés from Provence, Commanderie de la Bargemone, is finally here but the supply is limited so do not wait long to try it.
 
We have had some wonderful baked goods from “Anna Banana Sweets”, hand made by Diane Montemorano.  She takes special orders, with some advance notice needed, and can be reached at 540-272-6390.  Among her baked goods are cookies, brownies, biscotti, scones and mini loaves, all of which are organic and natural. 
 
For several years Matt Demaree of HTDNET has been our IT support person and we would be lost without him.  Matt has recently gone into business full time for himself and with his permission we thought that we would tell our customers about him.  Matt has saved us from disaster more times than we want to admit, most of the problems being caused by Verizon or computers and software.  He is prompt, efficient and most of all patient with those of us who are not of the technological age.  He does computer repair (servers, Windows, Mac, laptops, desktops) and can do a lot of this remotely.  For more information, Matt can be reached at 540-905-8111 or [email protected] and his website is https://www.htd.net
 
Fish orders have been very good and we hope to offer it every week as long as we have adequate staff.  Please remember that we do consider special requests.
 
Now for the scary part – our Christmas food and other items have already been ordered and some of the gift items will start arriving next month.  The year is flying by so fast.  I am toying with the idea of going to the New York Gift show to get new stock for the holidays.
 
Annette and the gang