In the 20 months since opening the store has built up an incredibly loyal clientele. I was admiring the vast selection of Tempranillo's (Liquor Barn has three. Westport Whiskey and Wine has an isle) when I struck up a conversation with one of their regulars. It turned out he wasn't in for the cocktail class. He'd just stopped in to pick up this week's custom order.
The last time I'd been in the space it was the Knight of Swords Fencing Studio. They had it entirely redesigned by local architect Dan Preston, including a seminar room for their classes, since education was part of their business plan from the beginning.
Everyone's tried a Mint Julep. If you're wondering what to serve at your Derby or Oaks party this year I highly recommend my personal favorite cocktail of the night.