Brevardian of the Week: Connie Edmands!

Connie Edmands, owner of Broad Street Wines

Connie Edmands, owner of Broad Street Wines, 30 South Broad Street 828-883-2101

Spouse/children/pets: spouse: Chuck… children: 3 sons & 3 grandchildren… pets: MANY dogs! We rescue!

Place of employment (what do you do & where?): Owner of Broad Street Wines

What did you do professionally before opening up Broad Street Wines? I was a Registered Nurse for 41 years.

... the view from Connie's porch!

… the view from Connie’s porch!

What kinds of special programs do you have at the wine store? (things like wine tastings?)
– Free wine tastings every Saturday 2-5pm
– Evening classes/tastings 1-2 times per month – we notify of events by email, web site and Facebook
– Wine station – can purchase tastings of 1, 2 and 4 oz. utilizing personalized card

How much does a card cost for the wine-by-the-glass wine station? Any amount can be applied to a wine card, and then dollars can be added at will.

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Connie, what is that on your head?

Connie, what is that on your head?

Now that you’re an official expert on wines, what are your personal top favorites?
I sample so many wines, my favorites can change every Wed.! But I do have some favorites – Andrew Murray Tous les Jours Syrah, The Federalist Dueling Pistols, Educated Guess Cabernet Sauvignon, Shafer Merlot, Ridge Zinfandel. I also enjoy a Rose’ from Provence, White Burgundies, Sancerre and Rhone wines – red and white.

Do you sell more white wine or reds? Probably a bit more red.

Are pets allowed in the wine store? Not officially, but I can’t resist sometimes.

... at recent event at Broad Street Wines!

… at recent event at Broad Street Wines!

What is something people would be surprised to learn about you?
I hated wine until about 15 years ago when I met my husband – he enjoyed wine and I became interested when I attended some wine classes and learned more.

When you’re not working, how do you like to spend your free time?
I like to read and do some needlework. I’m a huge sports fan too – always have been.

What was your first job ever? Babysitting.

What Christmas gift are you secretly hoping for this year? Earrings

What did your father do for a living? Worked for a paper factory, and was later a welder

Did your mom work outside the home?

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? An English teacher

When you played make-believe as a child, what did you pretend? Pretended to be a mom

Name some popular hit songs from your youth.  The Beatles were just arriving on the scene, so their first hits were popular then.

What music do you like to listen to today? Classical, Bluegrass, Country, Classic Rock, and I love Christmas music.

Have you ever made a purchase that you later regretted?  yes, many!

How did you meet your husband? I had to assist him in identifying names of nurses in a medical record and we discovered we grew up 90 miles from each other in Illinois. We were in Orlando at the time.

Have you ever bought something and kept it a secret from your husband? Yes

Do you believe in re-gifting? Depends. If it’s something nice and I have a duplicate, I’m OK with it.

What is it about the holidays that stresses you out the most? Not having enough time to do everything I need to do.

As a child, what TV shows did you look forward to watching? Mickey Mouse Club, Ozzie & Harriet, Leave it to Beaver, and the variety shows.

Do you have any New Year’s resolutions for 2015? Not yet!

Three words that your husband and family would use to describe you: sweet, kind, loyal

What is something that makes you really nervous? Confrontation

What is your dream for the coming year? Next 5 years? Continue to grow my business and meet customer needs. In 5 years, retire.

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