Dorene Cain loves a challenge. 


A recent challenge — her business Wines ‘N More, which opened at 151 S. Main Street last month — is one that she said will keep her attention. 


“I’m always looking for a new challenge and by the time I accomplish it, I’m done, I move on,” Cain said. “You can’t do that with wine. There’s always so much more to learn.” 


 

Dorene Cain loves a challenge. 

A recent challenge — her business Wines ‘N More, which opened at 151 S. Main Street last month — is one that she said will keep her attention. 

“I’m always looking for a new challenge and by the time I accomplish it, I’m done, I move on,” Cain said. “You can’t do that with wine. There’s always so much more to learn.” 

The shop is also drawing the attention of many Mortonites because of its unmatched combination of goods and services. 

“We’re far from being just a wine shop,” Cain said. “We’re kind of offering everything.” 

By just walking into the establishment, patrons will see that Wines ‘N More is not a mere liquor store. 

Guests who enter the shop find themselves in a fully functioning kitchen, where Cain offers cooking classes at $20 per person. Past the kitchen, visitors find an array of wines, ranging in price from $9 to $30; wine accessories; gourmet foods; chocolates; and kitchen accessories. 

Cooking classes offered allow participants to learn how to make easy gourmet dishes. They try the finished product along with a paired wine or two. 

“We wanted to make it as easy as possible so you can do such easy little steps and everybody thinks you were in that kitchen all day,” Cain said. “That to me is the biggest secret in cooking and nowadays people don’t always have the time.”

When perusing all that is available at Wines ‘N More, customers will also find a little hometown flair. The shop features pumpkin lasagne, pumpkin spice fettuccine, pumpkin pretzels, pumpkin fudge and of course, pumpkin wine.

Wines ‘N More got its start from Cain’s other business. She bought Pumpkin Postal in 2007. She acquired a liquor license and began selling Illinois wines from the packaging store in 2008. 

“I knew all of the stipulations with shipping wines and I thought I could tie that all together,” she said. 

It wasn’t long before Cain decided to expand and offer wines from outside of the state. 

“I knew I really needed to carry more wines,” she said. “There are just too many wonderful wines out there.”

She decided to start carrying wine accessories to add to customized wine baskets, then added some of her favorite gourmet foods.

The wine and gourmet section of Pumpkin Postal began to take over and it was obvious it was a business that would thrive on its own. 

“Everything fell into place so I could do everything I wanted to do,” she said. “And I just love doing this.” 

Cain added that she hopes her shop can help draw more people to the downtown area. Wines ‘N More’s Thursday night wine tastings — from 5-7 p.m. each week — coupled with promotions and extended holiday hours from surrounding businesses means that “Thursday nights are going to be hopping around Morton,” she said. 

“Business is really starting to pick up downtown,” Cain said. “Hopefully we can pick up a few more retail shops that are fun.”

The business community in the area is important to Cain. By offering something different, she said she is only adding to its success. 

“I’m not competition to anybody in town,” she said. “I wanted to offer things that you aren’t going to be able to get anywhere in town. I wanted to be very unique with what I carry and just give people some options in a fun, neat little shop. This is the kind of shop I love and it’s the type of shop you don’t find very often.”

Cain said she is definitely up for the challenge. 

For more information on classes and other events, visit Wines ‘N More on Facebook.