By: Kathy Witt
The room lights up from the smiles of the customers who find their way to Maime’s Fine Wine & Gifts.
“We’re still chatting about life, liberty and the pursuit of bourbon every time we get the chance,” said owner Anne Arnold-Ratliff, who opened the kicky shop in downtown Georgetown about two years ago.
Not surprising since bourbon played a key role in Anne’s quest to find and open a shop in the first place.
“Bourbon was booming but marketing was specifically targeted toward men,” she said. “I thought bourbon gift baskets, wine gift baskets, delectable treats you couldn’t find in neighboring areas, as well as unique gifts that weren’t easily found in any nearby small towns. So I settled in Georgetown with the goal of bringing baskets, fine wines and bourbons, gourmet foods and unique gift items with loads of cellophane to central Kentucky.”
A look inside Maime’s Fine Wine & Gifts shows Anne succeeded (and explains the smiles). A selection of fine Kentucky bourbons and thoughtfully curated wines line the shelves. The shop shows off an array of barware, books, paint kits, household décor and accessories, lotions and potions including bath bombs and lip balms, novelty clothing and adorable totes, gourmet foods – jams and jellies, coffees and teas, sauces and dips, pickles and garnishes, candies and sweets.
For any occasion, for home or travels, for yourself or someone else – and that includes the person who has everything and the most challenging person to please – Maime’s has a perfect gift and one that makes a personal statement.
“Gift giving is an art,” said Anne. “Is the person who’s gifting you listening? Does she know you? Do you matter to him? At Maime’s, the answer will always be, ‘Yes!’”
That’s because the shopping experience here is tailored to the individual right down to the unique items offered. Every food and almost every wine and bourbon has been tasted by Anne and her co-owner husband, and Anne herself owns a piece from every line she carries so she can attest to everything she’s selling.
“A client is able to give a few details about what she is preparing, for whom he is shopping, etc., and the sales staff is able to provide genuine feedback as to the perfect item or the even-more-perfect-gift,” she said. “They can leave with the confidence that each handpicked item is useful, delicious and loads of fun!”
Author: Kathryn Witt
Kathryn Witt is an award-winning travel and lifestyle writer, syndicated columnist and author of several books, including Secret Cincinnati, The Secret of the Belles and Atlanta Georgia: A Photographic Portrait. A member of SATW, Authors Guild and the Society of Children’s Books & Illustrators, she lives in northern Kentucky.