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Jun
08

AND THE LAKE GASTON WINNERS ARE…

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We are pleased to announce the winners of our giveaways during our recent After Hours WINOS event, Memorial Day weekend.  Three of the four winners were men.  That is quit a switch from our pool of women dominated shoppers.  So does this tell us something…do we have to serve them wine or beer to get them in the door?  You decide.

We appreciate the MEN and women who took time out of the busy and beautiful holiday weekend to spend some time with us.  We are truly the “winner” because of your continued support of our business.  It is nice to be right there with the following individuals in the “Winner’s Circle”.

Peter Varney from Charlotte, NC  Winner of a Wine Basket Carrier from Acacia Home and Garden

Kevin Byerly from Charlotte, NC  Winner of a Wine Basket Carrier from Acacia Home and Garden

Joann Robertson from Greenville, NC  Winner of W.I.N.O.S. Cook with Wine cookbook

Rob O’Neill from Rocky Mount, NC  Winner of a bottle of Rosemont Winery Kilravock Red Wine

Thanks once again to WINOS Creator Bonnie Jesseph, Acacia Home and Garden WINOS Furniture Marketing Director Diane Christensen,  Rosemont Winery Vintner, Justin Rose for attending the event and all the cast of back- scene individuals who made this a fabulous day!

If you missed this event make sure we have your email address so you can join us next time.

Here are a few pictures of the party:

W.I.N.O.S., aprons, napkins, cookbooks,

W.I.N.O.S. Display in Mary Sherwood Lake Living Showroom, Lake Gaston

Cast, WINOS event, tent display, party preparation, Lindsay Stewart, Autumn Wenger, Peggy Howard

The "Cast" preparing the "set" for the WINOS Event, Lindsay, Autumn and Peggy

WINOS Furniture, colorful outdoor seating, mobile outdoor rolling cart, reclining outdoor chair

Mary Sherwood Lake Living Outdoor WINOS Display

Spring flowers, Hydrangeas, lilies, yarrow

A Spring Bouquet

food, recipes, Capt Rodney's Boucan Glaze, WINOS, cookbook

Our fabulous food, some recipes found in the WINOS cookbooks

buffet, kitchen island, food, recipes, shoppers, multi-generational

Several generations enjoy the food together at Mary Sherwood Lake Living

Bonnie Jesseph, cookbook, book signing, customer,

Bonnie Jesseph, WINOS creator, signing a cookbook for Marcia Nicolai

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Women in Need of Sanity-W.I.N.O.S. at Lake Gaston

Right now, as I write this blog, I feel like “a women in need of sanity”.  It is very early in the morning and I am up before the sun.  I can hear the birds just waking up.  “No”, I am not going to tell you what time it is.  You go figure (it’s way too early to be typing!!!).

How did W.I.N.O.S. and Mary Sherwood Lake Living connect?  Here is the story. I had the pleasure of meeting a fun and talented women, Bonnie Jesseph, about a year ago on one of our many market trips. Autumn and I were immediately drawn to her new W.I.N.O.S. Furniture line because of the fabulous colors and designs. We knew the bright color palette would be perfect for our showroom.  We made the decision to purchase the line prior to the first production of the furniture. When I learned Bonnie was from Blowing Rock, NC I casually invited her to visit our store.  After much planning, Bonnie will be joining us for a special event Saturday, May 29, Memorial Day weekend.

Bonnie and I seemed to have a lot in common.  First, she is very talented business women (I think we have this in common?).  She is creative and has developed her brand to reflect her lifestyle.  She loves to cook, entertain and have fun!  She involves her friends and family in the development of her brand-especially as guinea pigs for her new recipes.  And, she feels it is important to give back to her community through various philanthropic causes.  She is engaged and enthusiastic about life, her business and her lifestyle. The title of her website, www.winoshavefun.com ,says it all.

I have been reading the introductions of several of her cookbooks and have found them quite entertaining.  The origin of the company name, alone, is so humorous. She gives credit to her sister, Jan, for the idea, Women in Need of Sanity.  She also writes: “My husband’s idea for the meaning of W.I.N.O.S. is Women in Need of Sex.  Good Lord, do they ever think of anything else?  Oh yeah, I forgot…golf and food! Ha-ha.”wine, winos, red wine, women, sanity, entertaing, cooking with wine

Her brand began as a cookbook with the fun logo of a woman diving into a wine glass.  She expanded her line after being flooded by requests to put the icon on napkins, aprons and T-shirts. She has once again grown her brand to include her own licensed furniture line, W.I.N.O.S. by Acacia Home and Gardenhttp://www.acaciahomeandgarden.com/winos.html

Now, I’ve just read she will be launching a new collection for Patio Living Concepts focusing on color and the use of lighting to create a casual outdoor entertainment environment. Congrats, Bonnie!

It is truly our pleasure to have Bonnie join us for a guest appearance at Mary Sherwood Lake Living on Saturday, May 29th.  Our After Hours Party begins at 4 PM. Listen to Bonnie tell her story and sign cookbooks, taste our local Rosemont Wines and sample food from  W.I.N.O.S. Go Tapas cookbook.

Happy Memorial Day Weekend! Be safe, have fun and find some sanity at beautiful Lake Gaston!

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