Beer, wine and liquor sales coming soon

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By Robin Bass

For some, New Year’s Eve would not be the same without a spirited toast. Several local business owners are counting that this time next year, merry makers will be spending any alcohol dollars closer to home.

Six business have expressed their intentions to apply for ABC licenses – three of those are for packaged liquor sales.

Established businesses looking to expand into retail liquor include Elk Creek Grocery and Cricketz, also in Elk Creek.

“Nothing is 100 percent confirmed right now,” said Yvonne Patterson, who owns Elk Creek Grocery with her husband, Patrick.

While they wait for licenses to be approved, the Patterson’s are planning to  use the store front that once housed a craft shop as the packaged liquor location.  They have also applied for the ability to sell beer in the grocery and serve beer and wine in the adjoining restaurant. Patterson said renovations must be made to separate the restaurant from the convenience store area.

“It’s going to be change,” said Patterson, especially for regular customers that are accustomed to the current arrangement.

Patterson plans to make coffee available to grocery customers. In the restaurant, they have already installed five TV screens in order to create a sports cafe feel.

“We want a place where everybody feels comfortable,” said Patterson. She has not finalized the menu, but hopes to include family friendly items, like wings and burgers, that cost less than $8 - $9 a meal.

Patterson anticipated hiring additional employees to assist with the new ventures.

Connie and Dennis Eisenback also intend to apply for a retail packaged liquor license and packaged beer sales under the business name Cricketz. The Eisenback’s could not be reached to discuss their plans, but state law would require any sale of packaged wine or liquor to be separate from the existing convenience store. Beer sales would be permitted in the store, located on the corner of KY 155 and KY 55.

A new business looking to expand into Spencer County is Cox’s Smokers Outlet. Owner Steve Grantz said that he and brother William Grantz have arranged to move into the former Froman Drug location if all their paperwork is approved.

Steve Grantz said the business originally began as a tobacco store a decade ago, but branched into wine and liquor sales more recently. Often stores host wine and/or liquor tastings for customers to try new products, so in the event they want to include that into their marketing plan, Grantz said they applied for the appropriate licenses that would allow such event.

The Grantz’s currently have eight Cox’s Smoker Outlet stores in Louisville, Mt. Washington and Shelbyville. Hopes are to open the Taylorsville location in February.

In addition to tobacco products, wine and liquor, Grantz said they might install a walk-in beer cooler, or beer cave, to help fill the 4,000 sq. ft.  Cox’s also sells a variety of snack food items, lighters and humidors.

Grantz said a typical store employs six to 12 and is open Monday through Saturday.

Other local businesses applying for packaged beer sales only include Settlers Trace, Elmar’s and RiverBend.

Settlers Trace is a gas station/convenience store located on KY 44 East near Settlers Trace boat ramp. Owners are Steve and Joan Killian.

Elmar’s is a gas station/convenience store located on KY 155 in Elk Creek. Owners are Elmer Gaines, and his children, Carmin and Carsyn Gaines.

RiverBend is a gas station/convenience store located on Jefferson St. in Taylorsville. Owner is Victor Coulter.