Produced by Lauren Fister
Finding a decanter that doesn't look like it belongs on a 19th-century sideboard hasn't always been easy. That's changing as more people become interested in wine, including the opinionated owners of the fabulous housewares stores and Web sites featured on these pages. All of them sell an eclectic mix of covetable items like plates, vases, linens and now barware and crystal too. What's so appealing about these merchants is that they're willing to take risks. "I had a lot of people tell me I would never sell a tablecloth," says Walter Lowry of TableArt in Los Angeles. "But we've proved them wrong."