What Do PMS and a Good Bottle of Wine Have in Common?

A couple of weeks ago I was completely frustrated while looking for a birthday gift. Unsuccessful, tired and seeing all stores as futile, I was about to give up. I ducked into a cute little wine store that I had never been in before. It looked peaceful, was close by, and it had a cute name, Simply Grape.

When I’m under a time crunch I am not the easiest customer to deal with and my patience is quickly expended. My lunch hour was almost over, I had been in all of the usual haunts, and I still had nothing to show for it.

Hey, I admit it, I can be the customer from hell if my buttons are pushed. But, the staff in this cozy little store asked if they could help so I told them what I was looking for.

They began to think. Hmmm… 29-year-old girl, it’s her birthday, well, maybe… There was some hesitation about bringing this item to my attention. “I don’t know if you would be interested,” someone suggested, “but this one is popular.” I took one look at the label and said, “Damn right I’m interested!”

Look what I got! Yes, you’re reading the label right. I was so stoked when I saw that label – talk about perfect! Perfect for the mood I was in and perfect for the birthday girl who would see the fun in it.

Then I saw the coasters that I could buy to go along with it — cute little rubber slippers for wine glasses! I suddenly realized that these nice people had just helped me fund the perfect gift!

Slipper Coasters Don’t let the label fool you, this is a wine that is definitely to be taken seriously – a red, Barossa Grenache that is 15% Proof. Real wine with a great label!

This store was small, attractive and very welcoming. What enamored me most about the store? It was neat, clean, inviting, and above all; the people were friendly and oh so helpful. They were smiling, sincere, and forgiving of my attitude. The latter is always key for me when deciding to adopt a business into my circle of places to hang out and spend money.

I signed the inside of the birthday card, “To the Bitch-in-Training.” She’ll get this down in time. We all do. In fact, some of us have honed it down to a fine skill, ahem!

Simply Grape, a Wine Boutique
Davies Pacific Center
841 Bishop St., #153
Honolulu, Hawai’i

Phone: (808) 447-9000
Fax: (808) 447-1100

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5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Brian // Feb 19, 2007 at 11:02 am

    There’s a brand of wine called “Fat Bastard” that I bought for my girlfriend and I on valentine’s day. It was good for a laugh but as a wine it was terrible.

  • 2 Evelyn // Feb 19, 2007 at 1:14 pm

    That’s funny but unfortunate. Try this one for the next fun day — it’s not only funny, it’s good! Come back and tell us how it was!

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  • 4 Free IQ Test // Jan 16, 2009 at 4:37 am

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  • 5 Evelyn // Jan 16, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    Hello FreeIQ,

    I’m not altogether sure since it was built by someone else for a business venture and I bought my blog when things didn’t quite go as planned. I’ll check into it and let you know as much as I can.

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