Holiday gifts: Heather LaVine

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At the intersection of wine, rescue pups and baseball, you'll find Heather LaVine

Gifts and giving are on most everyone's mind this month. So we thought we'd ask a few people to share some thoughts on presents, past and present.

Next up, Heather LaVine, the co-owner of Lucas Confectionery and The Grocery in Troy. LaVine and her husband, Vic Christopher, are restoring the 18th-century building that houses their current businesses, and are working on reopening The Tavern on Broadway.

What gifts would you like to get this year?

A trip, anywhere, focused on food and wine.  I get new ideas and think of ways to develop our business every time we travel. The destination is not important. 

What gifts would you like to give this year?

The gift of wine, shared with friends and family. Wine is something that I am lucky to be able to share everyday, and a luxury that I will never take for granted.

What charity or cause do you want to support?

Animal rescue groups.  Vic and I have two pups that both came from local rescue groups.  Charlie, our newest pup, came from the Capital District Humane Association.  Their adoption process was really thoughtful and thorough; definitely an organization to support. 

What is your most memorable gift from childhood, holiday or otherwise?

I played softball all throughout my childhood. My position was first base.  One Christmas my dad gave me a first baseman's glove.  I was so thrilled I cried -- really.  At that moment I could not have imagined a better gift and it was one that I used from 5th-12th grade.

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