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JANUARY 2015 Biz Briefs Stories and photos by Michael Chalmers


New Wine Shop Adds Flavor to Downtown Charles


Town Charles Town’s Main Street got a new arrival in the second half of 2014, and resident palates have been rejoicing ever since. Oliver’s Wine Shop at 207 W. Washington Street is a locally owned shop offering top-tier wines, craft beers, and gourmet cheeses from around the world. Offi cially open since mid- October, Oliver’s is


tucked


into a charming little space a few doors down from the post offi ce in Charles Town. Despite the square footage, customers have been fi nding out with pleasant surprise what truly distinguishes the shop: one-on-one consultation and customized service. “If you join my wine club, I track your purchases to help you determine what wines, cheeses, and


you like—which


craft beers helps


me


determine my inventory,” says owner David Cline. “I carry wines from all over the world— from California, Washington, Virginia, and West Virginia to many international wines— including Africa, Argentina, Australia, France, and Italy, to name a few.”


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Cline’s boutique also boasts impressive


selection of


craft beer, from ales to IPAs to ports to stouts. “I also carry several ports and sherries,” he adds. “And there’s the gourmet cheese, as well—from New Zealand, Spain, and Wisconsin.” He’s also expanding his cheese selection to include


gouda,


goat, cheddar, Parisian, and gorgonzola.


Cline has lived in Jefferson


County for ten years—having spent a career in corporate management for 25 years. The previous decade found him in a governmental consulting


David Cline, owner of Oliver’s Wine & Cheese in Charles Town.


role with Booz Allen Hamilton doing quality assurance, project management, and risk management. A confessed beer drinker before he found wine, he was introduced to wine by his ex-father-in-law in the ‘80s. “He


would create wine


pairing dinners for his guests, and took the time to help me develop my palate towards wines,”


Cline recalls. “He


grew grapes on his property in the San Francisco Bay Area and walked me through the process—from the harvest to pressing to fermentation, aging, and fi nally, bottling. It soon became a passion of mine.”


After nearly three decades


in the corporate world, Cline was ready for a change, so he purchased a wine shop: Albert and Arnold’s in downtown Charles Town. “My goal is to update the store with bigger wine racks and a section for craft beer and gourmet cheese. I also want to educate my customers on wine varieties, as well as their palates.” Reaction to Oliver’s in the few months that it has been open has been wonderful, according to Cline, and has him thinking big. “I would like


to expand in a year or so and open a second store—with the space to allow my customers to buy some wine and cheese and be able to sit down and enjoy it. Enjoying a good wine in the right environment will take you on an adventure.” For information, including


hours, specials, and innovative gift ideas, visit www. oliverswineshop.com, or fi nd them on Facebook. Reach them by phone at 681-252-3507.


Public Art Studio Opens in


Shepherdstown Tricia Simpson and Brandi Meade are what you might call “creatives”—in the artistic capacity, to be more specifi c. So it makes perfect sense that they would create and offer their passion to the public in the form of a community art studio. Their new endeavor, Urban Easel, located at 8354 W. German St., in Shepherdstown, is an art studio where both kids and adults can discover and explore their creativity through art classes, workshops, birthday parties, and private


Serving the performing arts community with apparel for gymnastics, dance, cheerleading, skating and theater.


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