Reusable bags have almost become status symbols in markets. They say to other shoppers that you care about the environment by limiting disposable throwaways. So, it was only a matter of time before wine shops realized their customers might like to take purchases home in bags they could reuse, too. Bin 604 in Harbor East has a bright-yellow, four-bottle tote for $1.50. The straps are long enough that you can sling it conveniently over your shoulder. The Wine Source in Hampden has a sturdy maroon, six-bottle one for $2.99. But perhaps the best deal is at North Charles Fine Wine and Spirits (6213-A N. Charles St., 410-377-4655), which offers a 10-percent discount off your wine purchase, each and every time you fill its tan, six-bottle bag, $2.49, as long as you're buying regularly priced 750-milliliter bottles. "It's big time," store manager Ken Ross assures us about its popularity.
Wine shops are offering reusable totes, too
Issue date: June, 2011