Walk through the hot pink front door of Best Little Wine & Books in Lockhart looking for a bottle, and you’ll quickly be greeted by sommelier Kaye Askins trilling out a cheerful “Hello my darling!” closely followed by her small scruffy dog, Chicken Hawkins, should he deign to move from his bed under the shop’s built-in fireplace.
It’s immediately apparent why Askins gave her shop, which had its grand opening in April, the name. The place is small, but it’s bright and colorful. Shelves stocked with wine bottles feature tags with facts about each wine, dutifully handwritten by Askins. Four round gold tables make up the front of the shop, where guests can sit and sip from purple or pink stemmed wine glasses, settled in front of a large picture window that faces the street.