Get to Know…AY’s Best: Legacy Wine and Spirits
Winner, Best Liquor Store
This year has been difficult, due to product shortages, but the folks behind Legacy Wine and Spirits are no strangers to obstacles. When grocery stores began selling wine in 2017, liquor stores around the state took a major hit. Legacy owners David Bevans and John Akins helped form the United Beverage Retailers of Arkansas (UBRA) to represent the interests of liquor retailers from every corner of the state. UBRA, currently the largest association of liquor stores in Arkansas, keeps store owners informed about all the issues concerning their industry. Now, facing a global pandemic and resulting shutdowns, Legacy has won AY’s Best Liquor Store in the state, and Bevans and Akins are grateful for their staff and dedicated customers.
“Being such a young store, we truly are honored,” Bevans says. “My first thought immediately turned to our great staff. Without them, we would not be where we are today. My second thought was to our tremendous customers. It’s very heartwarming to know that our hard work has been received so well.”
Bevans and Akins opened Legacy in 2015 so they could elevate the retail liquor landscape in Arkansas. They want to offer the best products available to the Natural State, but they also love getting to be part of people’s lives through their work.
“Our industry is about enjoyment and celebration. We get to be involved with people’s weddings, birthdays, graduations, retirements … the list goes on and on,” Bevans says. “It’s a fun gig getting to help people with some of the most memorable times in their lives.”
Legacy has even been recognized nationally. Business Dynamics, a leading publication on liquor retailers, listed Legacy as one of the 2018 Retailers of the Year as well as one of the Top 100 Retailers in both 2019 and 2020.
Bevans and Akins know their team is a major element of what makes Legacy the best liquor store in Arkansas. The staff is made up of highly educated experts in the field, and they can help customers with any questions about wine, spirits or beer for any event year-round.
“2020 has been a trying year on us all, but there is always a silver lining,” Bevans says. “We look forward to great things to come and look forward to seeing you in the years to come.”
16900 Chenal Pkwy., #130, Little Rock // (501) 821-3700 // legacylr.com