Duluth Merchants Association members were in good spirits at the Duluth Fine Wine & Spirits Super Store for the May DMA meeting. Networking and wine tasting do mix!
Owners of Duluth Fine Wine & Spirits Super Store, Sharon, Bernard and Gareth Robertson, have been a part of the Duluth community for the past 13 years. While their welcoming superstore on Peachtree Industrial offers large selections of liquors, cognacs, whiskeys, beers, etc, their love of wine is obvious. They opened “The Crush Tasting Room” where they offer educational wine tastings on a regular basis. It's a great place to try out some new vintages. They assist their customers in finding just the perfect wine for any occasion, and a “wine of the month” club for fellow wine enthusiasts is in the works…stay tuned!
As active DMA members for the past 9 years, Sharon, Bernard and Gareth have hosted a DMA meeting each year, and this year was another example of their wonderful hospitality. Fine wine and tasty food led to enjoyable camaraderie and business networking among the many DMA members and visitors who attended.
Several members highlighted upcoming community events including the Barefoot in the Park Fine Arts Market at the Town Green this weekend. DMA member Kathryn Willis reminded us of the need for more sponsors for the 2012 Duluth Fall Festival, now in its 30th year -- a permanent part of the Duluth community!
Duluth Economic Development Manager Chris McGahee presented a positive outlook for Duluth, noting several businesses that are moving to Duluth, road construction which is improving our roads, and new entertainment venues which are bringing more folks and potential business to the community.
A discussion with DMA Board Member Jenny Wesselmann and visitor Clayton Lee, both VPs of the Korean-American Chamber of Commerce, about hosting a joint trade show in the fall was well received by the DMA members.
DMA Member Don Kemp of Guardian reminded everyone he will be hosting the first DMA Brown Bag event at The Work Spot on June 6, free to DMA members. Don's presentation will be focused on retirement planning.
The meeting ended on a personal note, honoring the three DMA members who became proud grandpas in April. Baby pictures were shared via cell phones and a toast was raised. "Good health to all!" It was a good night.
Sheri and Bill