For a number of years, Alicia Eddens and Carolyn Sloan were loyal customers of Helvetia Winery, often visiting and staying late on Saturday afternoons. Alicia says that when their wine tabs mounted, both began serving wine on weekends while Carolyn took on additional tasks as the vineyard and winery bookkeeper.
Carolyn and Alicia met as across-the-street neighbors while raising young children in Bethany. Currently, Alicia is a medical assistant for a dermatology office and cares for her two daughters at her Bethany home. One is a freshman at Westview High School and the other, a freshman at University of Oregon. While,at their ages. Alicia’s daughters have better things to do on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon than hang out at the winery, you may run into Alicia’s rescued terrier, Leo, her ever-faithful companion. Carolyn now lives in Rock Creek and works for the Beaverton School District as a budget specialist. Her son, Jordan, is a junior at Oregon State University while son Matt specializes in finish carpentry. When Carolyn isn’t at her jobs working for the school district, the winery, or the PaintNite organization, she takes time off to work on a school construction project in El Salvador.
Carolyn enjoys the winery’s “great customers and fun-to-work-with co-workers” as well as the laid-back family atmosphere that, she says “is never snooty.” Alicia adds that she is attracted to the personal experience of meeting and learning about the people who visit the winery and what they like. She appreciates the cozy and comfortable atmosphere that is both casual and welcoming. “It’s not an overpriced, expensive showroom,” according to Alicia.