Event provides new clientele
By RANDY GONZALES
One of the benefits of Wines and Steins for a participating business is seeing people in the store you normally wouldn't, said Dustin Roths, owner of Diamond R Jewelry, 1008 Main.
"Very rarely during a day do we have 30, 40 people in our store," Roths said. "On nights like tonight, people get to look around. They don't feel intimidated. It's great for us to show off what we have."
The fourth annual Wines and Steins, a fundraiser for Downtown Hays Development Corp., which was Saturday night, was a first for Jared and Beth Schiel, Ellis.
Jared Schiel said they were able to check out the businesses while enjoying the beverage of their choice.
"Look around, see what they got," he said. "First time you're in some of these stores."
"It gives some exposure to the downtown area," Beth Schiel said.
Letting people see what the store has to offer is a benefit, said Carrie Goodheart, manager of Simply Charmed, 1011 Main.
"I really like to see the store full," Goodheart said. "It's really great to showcase all of our items as well as get to mingle with the guests of Wines and Steins. I think it gets more people in the door, and they get to see it in a different atmosphere."
Judy Flax and Lucy Boucher, both of Hays, were sitting outside at a table, sampling beverages while enjoying a cool evening breeze.
"Very nice opportunity to get out and enjoy the city of Hays and the things they have to offer, mingle with friends and make new acquaintances," said Flax, who has attended previous Wines and Steins.
Saturday's was the first for Boucher.
"It's wonderful," she said. "Never saw anything like it."
Roths said his business also participates in art walks throughout the year, but this event seemed to be different for his store, which has been on Main Street since last year.
"It really breaks the ice, especially with what we do in jewelry," Roths said. "Sometimes people are intimidated. They don't want to just go in and look around. This way, they go in, they're just hanging out, and they can see all we have to offer."