I have previously written about our friends Amy and Steve Ruis. And their amazing store in Grand Rapids, Art of the Table. Amy opened in 2003 and we have been shopping there ever since.
Wine. Chocolate. Tablecloths. Candles. Goat cheese. Coffee. Wine. Did I mention magnificent wine?
I can shop for wine and the finer accoutrements anywhere. What I can't do anywhere is call Amy or facebook her, tell her what we are having for dinner, and ask her to have a few wines ready for us.
Really, I call the store and say this, "we are having flank steak with rosemary. What wine should we have?" And then she pulls a rabbit out of her hat - or more likely, a bottle from the bin - and we joyfully skip out of the store, breathless with anticipation for what's to come in our wine glasses. The very wine glasses purchased at the store.
I just love going into that store. I love everything about it. And with everything else they have going on, they make amazing gift baskets for holiday gift giving.
Check them out. Local deliciousness.