Four smiling women lined up to get their glasses on Friday, dressed perfectly for the Grape Stomp in Uptown with matching T-shirts that read “Someone call 9 wine wine.”
“Oh yeah, we always come out to the wine walks,” Debbie Price said. “We have a different shirt at every wine walk.”
She was joined by Susan Deal, Glenda Brantley and Patsy Lowery, and the four were among the hundreds who flooded Uptown Friday night to sip their way from store to store, tasting various wines and enjoying browsing at local shops. Uptown Manager Lara Hudson said people come from out of town to enjoy Greenwood’s wine walks, and the Grape Stomp kicking off the Holiday Open House weekend tends to bring out an even bigger crowd.
“Anything that we can do to bring attention to Uptown is good, not just for us, but for the merchants,” Hudson said.
Austin Walker, coordinator for festival and chamber programs with the Greenwood Chamber of Commerce, said pairing the Grape Stomp with a new event, Holiday Hops, brings attention to local businesses and highlight’s Greenwood’s brewery, Good Times Brewing. Plus, it’s just fun to enjoy Uptown while it’s decorated for the holidays, she said.
“It feels like what we want this city to feel like every weekend,” said Kimberly Stephens, of Blossom Shoes & Such.
Pouring stations took wine tasters throughout Uptown and down Maxwell Avenue, toward the Uptown Market, where the Holiday Hops event was being hosted. There, organizer Lesley Lane said the event was the product of a successful beer tasting event at the last Festival of Flowers.
“The idea was to give a little variety to people who don’t drink wine,” she said. “People love our Uptown, and I think anytime we can offer events in our city center, people want to come out. Especially around Christmas, because it’s so beautiful.”
The festivities continue, with Saturday featuring holiday specials and sales. On Saturday the Uptown Holiday Shopping Pass offers shoppers the chance to win an Uptown Greenwood gift basket, while a holiday paint and pour in front of Howard’s on Main can draw people back out for wine and live music.
For information, visit uptowngreenwood.com/events/holiday-open-house.