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Winchester's One Stop Shop for Entertaining: Featuring An Elegant Affair

By Kristen Bosse

I don't have the glassware...I don't have the decorations...I don't have the time to get ready. There are many, many reasons why people hesitate to throw a party. However, with places like An Elegant Affair in downtown Winchester, entertaining for a crowd can be as easy as driving there and back! The shop itself offers a lovely selection of kitchen and dining accessories, table linens, gourmet food, and many more wonderful products at competitive prices.

Dawn Devlin Hodge and Julia Devlin, Co-Owners of An Elegant Affair, explained to us why they originally opened their doors back in 1997. The idea was to have a shop that offers everything you need for entertaining- from start to finish ie. kitchen and dining accessories, beautiful table linens, lovely paper products, as well as custom and fill-in invitations. When you walk into the store, you will be greeted by a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere, with employees willing to guide you in your search. Not only that, but gift-wrapping is offered free of charge as a courtesy to the customers.

Hodge and Devlin elaborated on their enjoyment in helping their customers find what they need for easy, unique entertaining! "We often help people from start to finish if they are hosting a party- from the invitations, to paper products, to dressing their table with linens, candles etc. It is one of our favorite things to do! Having our customers come back in and tell us how beautiful their table looked or how much everyone loved their invitations is so wonderful!"

Customer service has always been a priority for Dawn, Julia, and the rest of their employees. From the beginning they knew it was one of the most important parts of their business. They love when a customer comes in with ideas, but needs extra guidance for their event or special gift! People often tell them they know from the wrapped package that the gift came from An Elegant Affair. Brides and grooms are welcome to come in and sit down with the Owners to pick out special invitations. They will take as long as you need to find exactly what you want for your special day.

For people looking for advice on entertaining, the Owners say that people have to do what feels comfortable for them. Whether it is formal event, or a casual gathering, you have to do what works best for you and your guests. With great gourmet food, candles, kitchen and dinnerware, all you have to worry about is inviting the guests!

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