Success for the 2016 Wine Walk
Umbrellas and Foot Traffic brought to downtown Wilmington
WILMINGTON – Fifteen minutes — that’s all it took to completely sell out tickets to the 2016 Wine Walk, brought to you by Main Street Wilmington. In all honesty, it is one of the best events that happen in our downtown because of the businesses involved and the people who participate.
This year, 12 businesses took part in making the 2016 Wine Walk magical: Rome Jewelers, Everyday Chic Boutique, The Beehive Art Gallery, The Crave Candy and Nuts, The Mediterranean Restaurant, South Street Wine Cellar, South Street Gallery, Strength and Dignity, For a Song and a Story, The Murphy Theatre, The Murphy Studios, and Jeannie’s Palo Fabrics.
We had everything from wine slushies to Pinot Noir, and the “Wine Walkers” very much enjoyed the selection alongside their food pairings. Yet, after running around downtown all night, I spoke with a woman who completely understood the concept of the event.
“The Wine Walk isn’t about the Wines, it’s about the businesses,” she said. Naturally, I was overjoyed; people were walking into businesses, meeting the owners, and getting a one-of-a-kind experience that you can’t get anywhere else.
Walking into businesses throughout the event brought a smile to my face every time. I loved seeing our businesses interacting with the participants. Even better was the fact that people were learning about our town on a new level. Many participants even talked about how they had no idea how much our small downtown had grown in the last year.
I hope many of you have seen the movie made by Grant Peelle the night of the Wine Walk. I loved interviewing the Wine Walkers throughout the evening and of course giving away all that wine! I am especially thankful that the excitement of the evening was so perfectly captured in such a short film.
Overall, even in the rain, we all had such a wonderful time. It was so captivating to walk down the streets and see so many people going in and out of businesses. I am so happy our downtown is alive with unique businesses that bring in so many people.