Today’s conversation was a quick stop in at Art of the Table, an awesome specialty shop.
Amy, and her husband, started the shop a little more than nine years ago because she loves retail and entertaining people. Oh, and she tried other things and hated it.
“I love entertaining people; good food, good wine, good beer,” she said. “Combine all those things and we have Art of the Table.”
She spends a lot of time at the store, and said he sometimes wonders where all her time goes. She notices she doesn’t entertain as much as she would like.
“But I love being here, meeting people and helping them,” she said. “People trust what we do and they want their friends to trust them and have fun.”
She joked that if the store wasn’t around, a lot of Grand Rapidians would have “a big hole in their lives.”
But she also said she’d be doing a lot more entertaining, while working in a job she didn’t enjoy.
The part of Art of the Table that sent me there was their love of craft beer. It’s quite interesting, because as a bartender, you always hear from people are women are less inclined to like beer than men.
But Amy and the staff have provided a nice selection and knowledge of craft beer since they opened, well before the current brewing industry boom.
“We always have had the local and cool beers,” she said. “That was always something I wanted, the quality.
“We pick things that are usually smaller batch and a better value.”
That better value doesn’t mean cheaper. A $20 bottle of beer is OK as long as the taste is worth it.