Dolly’s Wine Bou­tique to close in New Mil­ford

The Register Citizen (Torrington, CT) - - FRONT PAGE - By Deb­o­rah Rose

Af­ter nearly 20 years as own­ers of Dolly’s Wine Bou­tique, Jeff and Dolly Bel­lamy are ready to move on to other ven­tures. They plan to close their long­time busi­ness in New Mil­ford.

“We’re ready to re­tire soon,” Dolly said. “We’re sad but we’re ready.”

Part of the bou­tique’s charm stems from its lo­ca­tion. It is sit­u­ated next to FineLine The­ater Arts, in a small build­ing be­tween the rail­road tracks and Rail­road Street.

The build­ing, land, ca­boose and liquor li­cense are for sale.

The cou­ple hopes an in­ter­ested buyer will come for­ward and bring a new en­ergy and life to the space.

“It’s got great po­ten­tial for some­one to come in and do great busi­ness,” Dolly said of the prime space lo­cated along a heav­ily traf­ficked road and plaza.

The bou­tique-style busi­ness, “re­ally set us apart,” Dolly said of the busi­ness’ suc­cess.

Hand-picked wines and bour­bons, hand­crafted beer and other liquor sold in a va­ri­ety of price ranges, the reg­u­lar ro­ta­tion of in­ven­tory and a 100-point rat­ing sys­tem for wine have com­ple­mented the bou­tique-style at­mos­phere.

“Ev­ery bot­tle of wine here has a cus­tomer,” Dolly said.

The ca­boose was for four years home to an ex­panded gift shop and for six years served hot dogs. In re­cent times, it serves as the busi­ness’ of­fice.

Now it is time to move on. Jeff is ea­ger to fo­cus on his mu­sic and car­build­ing projects. Dolly will de­vote her time to her pas­sion of mak­ing hand­crafted gifts, such as hand-painted glasses, and gift bas­kets and totes, thou­sands of which have been sold at the busi­ness over the years.

Dolly be­gan cre­at­ing gift bas­kets and totes made from re­cy­cled wine boxes years ago. Since then, her cre­ativ­ity and prod­ucts have blos­somed.

“Ev­ery­thing she does is unique,” said res­i­dent and long­time cus­tomer Sue Poul­ter. “She’s so tal­ented.”

Hand-painted wine glasses can be pur­chased separately, or be in­cluded in the spe­cially-de­signed gift bas­kets and totes.

“This is what I love to do,” she said, glanc­ing out at the bou­tique’s shelves, which show­case her artistry and skill.

In re­cent times, she de­vel­oped a patent-pend­ing prod­uct, Bot­toms Up. The static cling prod­uct is a re­us­able sphere that rests on the bot­tom of a wine glass, serv­ing as a wine charm and coaster bot­tom in one.

The prod­uct has been so well re­ceived, she said, she drew the at­ten­tion of Wil­liam Sonoma, where she con­ducted a trunk show.

She also spe­cial­izes in hol­i­day glit­ter houses, minia­ture wooden doll­houses and more, as well as baby mo­biles and or­na­ments.

The hand­wash-only glasses have been fea­tured in Bet­ter Homes & Gar­dens mag­a­zine. Dolly’s Wine Bou­tique, lo­cated at 73 Rail­road St. in New Mil­ford, is open Mon­days through Satur­days from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. For more in­for­ma­tion, call 860-354-5445. To view Dolly’s hand­made items, visit Dolly’s Wine Bou­tique, my­wine­glasses.com and www.dol­ly­gifts.etsy.com.

Deb­o­rah Rose / Hearst Con­necti­cut Me­dia

Jeff and Dolly Bel­lamy of New Mil­ford are clos­ing their busi­ness, Dolly’s Wine Bou­tique on Rail­road Street in New Mil­ford.

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