Mark and Marianne Holmes grew up in the Bitter Root and have a warm place in their hearts for downtown Hamilton. They wanted to support local downtown culture and help keep it energetic and vibrant. This inspired them to open a new business of their own on Main Street. Thus the Holmes’ held the grand opening of The Wine Cave on First Friday in September 2014. They were immediately overwhelmed with support they received from the community.
Mark and Marianne returned to the Bitter Root after Mark graduated from Montana State University with a Fine Arts degree in sculpting. For eighteen years they made their living selling hand-crafted furniture, stick sculptures, willow chairs, and barn-wood furniture through furniture shows and special orders. By opening The Wine Cave they have expanded their repertoire by offering a wide variety of fine wines and beers crafted both by local wineries and breweries and from around the world. Their Montana made beer and wines have proven to be the most popular. They also carry gourmet foods including a wonderful variety of cheeses, crackers, and private label pickled goods. They wanted to create a space that was aesthetically appealing and inspiring. This has been accomplished by showcasing an ever changing selection of Mark’s handmade furniture as well as unique artwork by other local artists. Mark makes rustic furniture from salvaged lumber, recycled doors and windows, wine barrels, and slate. He can always create custom pieces to meet individual needs and specifications.
In their wish to support the community Mark and Marianne Holmes have managed to blend all the things they love. They strive and succeed in offering something for everyone while adding more energy to downtown Hamilton.