Cellar and Loft. They had such a nice community-oriented model going, selling super cheap pizzas and small bites to bring people in, and a very heavy focus on driving people to the wine clubs (their standard prices were not great without club discount). The mix and match beer was a cool touch. I believe they had some medical issues with one of the owners and had to immediately close down the downtown location (still open in Kearney). On the plus side of that closure, my wife and I found out about the great wine club at Cellar Rat.WSPanic wrote: ↑Fri Aug 24, 2018 2:31 pmThere was a wine store in the River Market that had beer in the basement and you could do mix/match six packs.
I think you can do that at World Market.
I'm guessing liquor stores don't want to micromanage their inventory like that if they can avoid it. I'm sure it would be popular, but not sure it would be worth the extra hassle. You'd think automation and technology would have solved this by now, but it's not like independent liquor stores have complicated POS systems with inventory management (like a World Market would).
I'd think a nice liquor store or set of stores (beer/wine/spirits) in the RM would do really well as a counter to the random basics places around, esp. if placed near the new Local Pig. I'd heard a rumor a long time ago that the owner of Mike's was trying to get something going downtown, but with the move to asking for local liquor delivery, maybe that is what he had in mind.