I finally got a chance to stop by The Olde Wine Store, new to downtown right across from QFC. Met the owner and the manager, both of whom were very nice. And best of all, I stopped by between 1 and 4 pm on a Saturday, when they have free wine tastings. This Saturday: Bergstrom winery.
Best feature: the location. Mercer Island’s downtown can be nice to wander in, in fits and starts– a block here, a half a block there. The prime real estate near QFC has banks and real estate offices, not great browsing fare for residents. The block with Island Books is good, especially during Farmers Market season. And the block around Bennett’s and Cellar 46 is nice. There’s no connected strip that’s nice to walk like in Madison Park or Wallingford. But this wine store + Noah’s Bagels and the QFC makes this area more of a place to hang out.
It’s been quite a nice crop of new stores coming to Mercer Island– Freshy’s, the bike store and Mud Bay, and now a wine store. Very nice. Unfortunately Finder’s is closing. Anyway, stop by The Olde and have a taste.