Are you the kind of person who is all kinds of excited about the new Chick-fil-A at the Christiana Mall? Do you get all geeked up about the possibility of a new Best Buy location? Maybe the fact that a Trader Joe's could open near your neighborhood gets you all hot and bothered.
That's great. Good for you.
For me? Well, I hate shopping. Don't like the parking, don't like the lines, don't like spending money all that much either. That is, unless the money is being spent on something I know I will really enjoy.
I do get excited when a new liquor store opens up. (Shocker, right?) I look forward to seeing what kinds of tasting events they'll host, what they're stocking on their shelves and what deals they'll offer.
And at the new Premier Wine & Spirits on Limestone Road, there's plenty to get excited about. Like, for example, 48 linear feet of rum.
Yeah, you read it right. Honestly, I did a double-take when I heard General Manager Chip Owens say "48 linear feet of rum" on our tour. But that's how he described their wall of rum, which gives you an idea of the amount of space at Premier Wine & Spirits.
Aisles that measure 5 feet, 9 inches in width, towering walls of rare scotches, gins and whiskeys, flatscreen television sets, a 20-tap tasting bar and a 1,000 square foot beer cooler are just a few of the amenities that lend to Premier's spacious environment.
"Our goal here was to create an atmosphere that doesn't imply any pressure, and lets the customer wander freely while they make their selections," Chip said. "You won't have to step over any cardboard boxes or shimmy a shopping cart up the aisles."
You know you're in a serious liquor store when they have shopping carts. And as far as ease of shopping goes, even the wines are divided by Old World (Europe, Mediterranean, North Africa) and New World (United States, Australia, South America, South Africa).
They've also get more than 50 kegs available, from Buds to Belgians. And if you're looking for something they don't have, give 'em five days and they'll get it in.
We mentioned the 20-tap tasting bar, which features a cruvinet system that controls the temperature of wines, thus preserving and dispensing wine by the glass. It's here where they'll be hosting their wine tastings for the ladies on Wednesday nights.
While you might be skeptical about how well a liquor store can host events, fear not, because the folks running this place (Harvey, Hanna & Associates) are the same group who put all the effort into the Premier Wine & Spirits in Newport, right next to the James Street Tavern.
That's where the food will be coming from when they host tastings. Chip said complimentary snacks and finger foods will be delivered from James Street for the Wednesday night shindigs.
Ladies will get 5 percent off all bottles of wine on Wednesday nights (the tastings are from 4-9 p.m., beginning Dec. 23). Plans to host a gentlemen's beer tasting on Thursday nights is also in the works.
Live musical performances are also being planned. For more info, check out www.premierwinespirits.com or call the Limestone Shopping Center location (996-WINE) or the Newport location (998-6903).