I see there are a lot of different products in the store--there’s truly something for everyone. Tell me more about what you have here.
We’re carrying luxury picnic hampers, gift sets, and accessories for elegant countryside gatherings from vineyard tastings, festivals, and weddings to equestrian events. We are a certified Dubarry of Ireland Vendor as well as a Trail Site on the Artisan Trail Network.
Some in-house product creation we have done includes a Wine & Country linen line that we had custom made. Once we find the ideal fabric and draft up a design of what we want the end product to be, a local seamstress takes the wheel. The shop carries custom picnic table top covers, napkins, and then we also came out with a foldable chair slipcover to class up any event.
We’ve also worked with Meg West, a local plein air painter, to design some curated gift bag tags for the wedding welcome bags. This was really fun because each one is custom made exclusively for Wine & Country. And she’s such a wonderful woman!
How would you describe Charlottesville Wine & Country magazines?
Elegant, elevated entertaining. Everything about the local art and music scenes we really love. There’s so much variety here that we are able to touch upon a lot of different elements so it’s really encompassing of what Charlottesville is.
The photography in the magazine is beautiful.
We’ll do a photoshoot with all local vendors and things that we carry in the store. We have really great connections with photographers in the area. Our Senior Editor, Sarah Pastorek, goes through each and every page of the publication making sure each shot is credited.
Our Creative Director, Robin Johnson-Bethke, studied photography. She is the creative eye that has helped build this wonderful store, alongside Jennifer Bryerton. Anytime an advertiser wants to promote themselves in the best way possible and align themselves with our publication, Robin will go take some photos of their process and we can build something for them from that, so we do a lot of in-house design as well.
What do you love about the Charlottesville community?
I just think it’s really sweet that everyone supports each other so much, even if you’re in the same industry.
It’s just really cohesive. Everybody benefits from each other. I think that’s the coolest thing. Especially from the publication aspect of it, everyone is willing to come together for a photo shoot. It’s nice to be able to rely on each other to create new content and opportunities for our readers.
Make sure to visit Charlottesville Wine & Country Shop (and Savvy Rest Natural Bedroom) at Ivy Commons, right next to Duner’s!