Category Archive: The Beer Business

Notes on running a small business, a specialty bottle shop, and navigating the regulated industry of alcohol sales.

Dec 11

Survival is in the people’s hands

When you’ve got a retail business, the scariest thing is this: Your business’s ability to survive is in the hands of the consumer. No matter how varied your products are, no matter how competitive your prices are, no matter how many special events you hold, no matter how good your service offering is, … if …

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May 01

Why shop at independent beer & wine stores?

“Why shop at small business?” has been on my mind a lot lately. Sales have been declining enough that I’m sending employees home early, now two weeks in a row. I wonder how to get people to shop first at, and regularly with, small business like mine. I think about my own shopping habits — …

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Mar 04

Fair market doesn’t exist for Specialty Beer/Wine Stores in Washington State

URGENT! Washington State women-owned small businesses need your help Two years ago, Washington voters approved a Costco liquor initiative that promised cheaper booze and greater convenience. Voters have now discovered what they really got — higher prices. But that’s not all they got. The Costco initiative broke out the welcoming mat to corporate America and …

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Feb 26

4 reasons to support SSB 5731

Washington State Senators understand the importance of SSB 5731, the bill that would allow Specialty Beer/Wine Store licensees to carry small craft distilled spirits. However, members of one committee in the House seem confused as to the good will this bill brings to small businesses, consumers, and State revenues. Right now this bill dead-in-the-water for …

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Feb 25

Demand Equality! Allow Specialty Beer/Wine Stores of all sizes to obtain WA Liquor licenses

In Washington State, BevMo and Total Wine & More are licensed as Specialty Beer/Wine Stores — and they can get a Liquor license. My store is licensed as a Specialty Beer/Wine Store and I am unable to get a Liquor license. The difference? Building size. #DemandEquality Washington State Senators have acknowledged the need to give …

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Feb 25

An open letter to the Government Accountability & Oversight Committee

Dear Representatives and Members of the House Government Accountability & Oversight Committee, Two years ago the Washington State Liquor Board sold a bum lot of stores to many first generation Americans, giving them hope that jumping into the liquor business would fulfill their business dreams. But what’s happened since then? More than 60% of the …

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Feb 24

Small business support not of “Prime Time” importance, says Rep. Hurst

Today I went to Olympia to testify before the Washington State Government & Accountability Committee, of which Representative Christopher Hurst is chair. I live in Rep. Hurst’s district, and I was there in support of SSB 5731, which would allow Specialty Beer/Wine Stores to sell craft distilled spirits. I was optimistic going in, as SSB …

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Feb 15

Emails supporting SSB 5731 must go out: In support of Washington Specialty Beer/Wine Stores

This Tuesday is the deadline for bills to get through the Senate, so we must act fast. Please send the two emails below by Sunday, FEBRUARY 16th (Monday at the latest). Once a bill passes out of the Rules Committee, it goes to the Floor Leader (Senator Joe Fain) who will decide which bills the …

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Oct 31

Operating in the face of adversity

I thought last year was rough. Here I am about ready to start the month of November 2013, and I feel completely battered, exhausted, alone. A lot’s happened this year, much of which I’ll save for future blog topics. Those of you who are friends with me on facebook have an idea of some of …

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Sep 12

Writer’s block. I’m FOKT! Too much OCD’ing.

There’s been so much going on, and my OCD is kicking in. What to do? How to do it right? Analysing risks. Trying to find the perfect fit. Understanding people. What do they want? How can I help them? What takes priority? Where are the links? How are things connected? Am I qualified to do …

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