Jennifer Havens was like many college students: Her drink of choice
was beer. But once she graduated, her father was determined to turn
his daughter into a wine connoisseur. He was so successful that
Havens spent the next 17 years learning about wine. Now she wants
to share that interest with others.
Her new business, Wines by Jennifer, will open in mid-April in
a three-story house at 405 Main St. in the Old Town District of
Havens has a commercial pilot's license and has traveled extensively,
so the business is a combination of her love of travel and wines.
The rooms will be divided by country and offer wines, wine-related
products and specialty foods.
On the main floor, the Outback-decorated Australia room will have
specialty breads from such local companies as Roma Bakery and Farm
to Market Bread Co., along with olive oils and cheeses from all
over the world. The Spain room will have glassware, and in the France
room, customers will be able to relax before a fireplace. A wine-tasting
room runs along the back of the house and will have winemaking equipment
and details on the process.
On the lower level, shoppers will be able to view works by local
artists in a gallery. During warmer weather, they will be able to
sip wine on the front porch as they watch traffic on Main Street
or sit on two decks overlooking Park University.
The top floor, with its grand piano, will be divided into several
rooms for wines and other products from Italy, South America and
California. Wines by Jennifer also will hold public events under
a large tent every month, along with wine club meetings and other
Previously, Havens was a general manager of a subsidiary of Farmland
Industries and a consultant for the agricultural industry. She
spent eight years saving to open a business.