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The longtime urban winery in Inner Southeast did just fine through the coronavirus quarantine -- with delivery

DAVID F. ASHTON - Hip Chicks do Wine owner Laurie Lewis says all their wines are made right here, on the border of the Reed and Brooklyn neighborhoods, in the shadow of the Holgate viaduct over the Brooklyn railroad yard - and its all available right now, for pickup or delivery. Instead of celebrating with a party their second decade as a working "urban winery" and shop, in the Reed neighborhood, "Hip Chicks do Wine" instead recognized COVID-19 concerns, and pivoted their business to include delivery.

"In the beginning, it took us about a year of driving all around Portland looking at different locations to find the one we wanted," recalled owner Laurie Lewis, while preparing to make a round of home deliveries on a Saturday in May.

"Tucked back in here between the Reed and Brooklyn neighborhoods has been great; we do have folks who live close enough to walk or ride their bike down here, and probably 50% of our Wine Club lives in one of the four ZIP Codes surrounding the winery," Lewis told THE BEE. "We've been making wine here for twenty years, so the year 2020 will mark our twenty-first harvest."

Currently they're offering curbside pickup of wine orders in the afternoons, as well as free home delivery throughout the Portland metro area with orders of four bottles or more – but they will deliver a single bottle of their wine for a nominal fee, Lewis told us. "And, we've expanded our offerings to more than just the wine we make here in our winery; we now also offer cheese and charcuterie packages, and fresh flowers.

"People are loving our home delivery service; in fact, it'll probably be a service that we continue to offer after COVID-19 is over," Lewis commented.

Recently, after delivering a couple of bottles of wine and a plant from Gifford's Florist to a customer in the neighborhood, a 6- or 7- year old-child came to the door with mom.

"As I was walking back to my car the child asked what had been delivered," Lewis recalled. "Upon hearing 'wine and a plant', the child asked, 'Why did you get WINE?' To which the mom replied, "Because I really need a glass of wine right now!"

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