Last Friday night at the Arkansas Capital Corp., I got to drink Chardonnay and eat goodies that Margie Raimondo of Raimondo Winery will be selling when her storefront opens at 615 Main St., and I can heartily recommend her products. Raimondo announced her plans to open the winery there, where she’ll have wine tastings and other culinary events and will sell her special products, like the fabulous onion jam and olives I had the other night. She also sells balsamic vinegars, extra virgin olive oils, more jams and other gourmet foods of her own making. 

The winery will be located on the ground floor of the former Fulk-Arkansas Democrat Building, whose original facade was recently revealed during the start of a $2 million renovation of the two-story building by Moses Tucker Development. Moses Tucker is putting eight loft-style apartments on the second story above Raimondo Winery. What a deal for the folks in the lofts, which Moses Tucker says will be ready by mid-2016. 

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Raimondo, the third generation of her family in the wine business, moved her manufacturing operations to North Little Rock last year and intended initially to open a shop in the River Market. Now, she’ll be part of the “Cultural Corridor,” just a couple of doors down from The Rep and the renovations going on (and on and on) in the 500 block of Main for apartments and Arkansas Ballet and Arkansas Symphony rehearsal space. 

Friday night’s wine tasting at the Arkansas Capital Corp. coincided with the 2nd Friday Art Night event there, where paintings by Neal Harrington and David Mudrinich and woodcuts and cut paper work by Tammy Harrington. 

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