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Maime’s mix of fine wine & gifts brings lots of smiles

By: Kathy Witt

Even the masks necessitated by a pandemic can’t hide 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.

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“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.

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“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!”

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Social distancing and other protocols are in place, including a limit of six people in the shop and mandatory masks, but none of it has dimmed the pure pleasure of going on a treasure hunt through the eclectic jumble of goodies.

“We were told this is a season, and we love that analogy,” said Anne. “Like any season, this time will pass. There will be some good, some bad and some very different – but whatever it brings, we’ll be all the stronger for having endured.”

Maime’s Fine Wine & Gifts offers curbside pickup with advance orders and payment as well as local delivery (with a minimum $100 order). Visit Maime’s website and Facebook page to see pictures and prices of the possibilities. Hours: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Closed Sunday and Monday. For more information, call 502-642-5362 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Click here to see a list of Georgetown shops with their updated hours and offerings, including curbside pickup and delivery.


Five fab holiday hostess gifts

Here are Maime’s Fine Wine & Gifts top picks for Thanksgiving hostess gifts and Anne’s reasons why:MaimiesTipsyTapas

1. Tipsy Tapas Sweet Peppers – $10.65
“Load up your charcuterie with the most delectable peppers ever. Loaded with cream cheese, these eats are sure to be a hit.”

2. Strawberry Jalapeño Pepper Jelly – $8.65
“Pour it over cream cheese for one of the easiest appetizers and most delicious. It’s sweet, it’s savory and even the simplest or most complex palates will be thanking you.”

3. A tasty Riesling (that’s pretty inside and out) – $12-$19
“Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling wines make for the best Thanksgiving sips. They’re light enough to not overpower the meal but sturdy enough to stand up to even the heaviest of feasts. Either of these wines allows your taste buds to savor the flavor but then refresh just in time for another bite.”

4. Chirpy Tops $26.50
“Entertainment needs to be at a 10 during the holidays! This Chirpy Top makes the perfect hostess gift with a bottle of wine in tow. Place the stopper in the wine and as you pour, it chirps as the glass fills. Kids love it and adults benefit from the full glass below.”

5. Lucaris Wine Glasses $42-$45 (set of four)
“The Lucaris wine glasses are beautiful, reasonably priced and break-resistant. It’s always fun to give them a whirl – but be careful: they will break if banged too hard.”

 


 

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.