Eclectic shop has wine, spirits for every taste

Tuesday, April 6, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 10:37 a.m. CDT, Saturday, July 5, 2008

Joe’s Wine and Spirits, appropriately located at 2001 Corona St., offers customers more than Mexican beer. The store, which opened in March in the Village of Cherry Hill, includes an extensive selection of wine, liquor and beer.

After running the wine and spirits department at Nowell’s for 10 years, Joe Strawn decided to open his own store in the Village because of the large number of homes near the store and the rapid growth of the surrounding area.

“I always had successful departments at Nowell’s, so I thought I would try it on my own,” Strawn said. “I thought the success could be obtainable by me … (because) even in the closing of the Nowell’s stores, the wine and spirits department was successful.”

Strawn also enjoys interaction with the customers and said it is fun to find out what types of wine, beer and liquor they enjoy.

“It is a good way to get to know people, and you can familiarize (with them) by having those types of things to talk about,” he said.

Strawn estimates the store carries 800 types of wine including selections from Australia, New Zealand, Italy, France, Argentina and Germany. Along with the imported wine, Strawn said he carries a lot of Missouri wine, as well.

Strawn said he would hold wine tastings for customers, and he’ll even be able to cool bottles in four minutes using a wine chiller.

The spirits section of the store contains imported liquor and beer. Strawn said many customers enjoy the selection of single malt scotch, high-end tequila and vodka and the various microbrews offered there. Twelve cooler doors hold the beer, which ranges from Fat Tire and Moosehead to Bavaria and Molson Canadian.

Snacks and sodas can also be found in the 2,400-square-foot building, along with a few cigars, such as Macanudo and Don Sebastian.

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