August 3, 2012 by Sarah M
//By Jeremy Zoss//
A new liquor store with an emphasis on uncommon wines and craft beer is now open in Windom Park. Stinson Wine, Beer and Spirits opened its doors on July 31 at 2315 18th Ave. NE. According to co-owners Tim Jon Berg and Daniel Mays, the store is the first liquor retailer in Windom Park since Prohibition.
“It wasn’t a law, but Windom Park had an agreement with the city,” said Mays. “There’s a reason there are no restaurants that serve liquor here.”
Berg said getting the neighborhood to change its mind on the rule took about a year and a half, but in the final vote on the topic by the neighborhood organization, 80 percent of those in attendance voted to allow the store. The focus of the store may have helped convince the residents. The store is cleaner, sleeker and more focused than the average liquor store. The floor is line with wooden wine racks, and the tasting table is an old fire door set up reclaimed gas pipes. Mays calls the style “warm industrial,” a nod to Northeast’s working class history.
Berg, Mays and their third partner Bob Anderson all formerly worked at North Loop Wines and Spirits before striking out on their own. They plan to bring the same level of customer service that defined North Loop Wines and Spirits to their own store and boast all the popular features of craft-focused liquor stores, such as sections devoted to local product and mix-and-match six-packs.
“We’re going to bring a unique level of customer service to this area,” said Mays. “We love to remember people’s palates and what they like.”