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Wine bar and retail store The Exchange at Edmund’s Oast is bringing back its weekly programming, which includes a daily happy hour, blind tastings and live music on its outdoor patio that’s open for service with the same food menu as the Edmund’s Oast restaurant next door. The bottle shop will also offer a 20% discount on wine from a different region each week in December, a press release said. 

“Like many small retailers, we are trying to figure out how to navigate a holiday season during trying times, and consequently we have created different avenues for folks to shop with us that make it just as easy as shopping from a big online retailer,” said Exchange general manager Sarah O’Kelley. “That’s the inspiration for our weekly sales that can be accessed in a variety of ways — on our app, via email or in person.” 

Starting Dec. 14, The Exchange will offer 20% off all natural wine, and the following week will highlight burgundy. During the week of Dec. 28, patrons will be able to stock up on discounted bubbly just in time for the new year. 

Weekly programming and experiential events have been a focus for O’Kelley since she expanded the offering at The Exchange, but most were put on hold due to COVID-19. Last week, O’Kelley brought back The Exchange’s daily happy hour, Wednesday blind tastings, Friday Champagne by the glass and Saturday live music, and all of these programs will continue in 2021, she said. 

“We recognize this is a difficult time and just want to make shopping locally as simple as possible,” she said. “We are confident that our entire community of small businesses can survive if we just keep our spending as local as possible.” 

Wine enthusiasts who would prefer to stay at home can check out O’Kelley’s virtual somm school, a 10-week program geared towards those who are considering taking an entry-level wine certification. The series starts on Jan. 21 and is currently being offered at a special holiday rate of $300, which includes one bottle of wine per class. 

The Exchange at Edmund’s Oast is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sunday from 12-5 p.m. Five customers are allowed inside the shop at a time, and masks and gloves are required (gloves provided at the door). For more information, visit edmundsoast.com or email sarah@edmundsoast.com.