Living the Good Life: Anna Khachatryan and Marieta Mnatsakanian

By Leslie Moore

Living the Good Life: Anna Khachatryan and Marieta Mnatsakanian

Anna Khachatryan, owner of Coastal Wine Boutique, operates her store in the Hammock Shops with her sister, Marieta. Born in Armenia, the two delightful women spent a pleasant hour with Sasee talking about their lives and work.

Tell us a little about yourself.

Anna: I have lived in this country for 35 years – I came here with my husband. There was a war in Armenia in the late 1980s that left the rest of my family without power or water for three years. In 1992, we brought them all here. Family is so important to us. My parents live with us and are 90 and 85 years old.

Why would you say you live “The Good Life?”

Marieta: My life is very good – I love being in America, and every Thanksgiving I give thanks for this wonderful country.

Anna: I agree with my sister! We have a great life here. Coastal Wine Boutique has three locations in the area – in Market Common, on 21st Ave. N. in Myrtle Beach and here in the Hammock Shops. I love being able to offer a wide variety of unique wines from small wineries. Our wines mostly come from Eastern Europe, and you won’t find them anywhere else. They are all of the highest quality. The Armenians have been making wine for more than 8,000 years!

What is your favorite holiday tradition?

Anna: We celebrate twice – first on December 25th and then again on January 6th, the Orthodox Christmas. The family is always together on the holidays. On New Year’s Eve, we have a good party and sing and dance together. My 90 year old father still dances and remembers the words to traditional songs. We believe in sharing all that we have. I give love and love comes back to me. Our family cherishes each other and our friends.

Tell us a little about your business?

Anna: We love our customers, and enjoy talking with them about wine. I decorated this shop to give a feel for Armenia and make people comfortable. We have tapas to enjoy with our wine and are now serving sweet and savory crepes for lunch. Our hours are 11 am-6 pm, but if a group wants to come later, they can call ahead and I will stay open for them. We also have beautiful hand blown bottles, perfect for gifts, at great prices. Come see us!

About this writer

  • Leslie Moore Leslie Moore is the editor for Strand Media Group. A 25 year resident of Pawleys Island, she is blessed with a life filled with the love of family and friends and satisfying work to do every day.

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