Back April in we wrote about Michigan Liquors closing for a renovation. We are pleased to write that they reopened Friday August 25th. We stopped by and spoke with store owner Neale Goodman and took the following pictures. The renovation was a complete overhaul of the store and its layout. Now the store is bright, well organized and stocked and has been modernized in crisp white and black tones. (You need flash to see the pictures.If you can’t see them, click here.)
Neale wanted us to convey that they are “so proud to open the store in the wonderful Brookland neighborhood” and be a part of the community. He explained that a parent company bought the store and building more than a year ago and brought him on board because of his 40 plus years in all facets of the liquor sales business.
Neale clearly loves the business he is in. He spoke passionately about making people happy, which he plans to achieve via his 3 principles 1) “bend over backwards” customer service 2) great selection and 3) reasonable prices.
We also spoke with Justin, the General Manager of the store. He explained that while the store carries everything from wine, beer, hard liquor, cordials, mixers and ice, his focus will be providing curated experiences for customers interested in wines. However, they were clear to point out that the store is very approachable and that they are definitely not “wine snobs”.
Currently the store is interested in hearing what Brooklanders would like them to order and stock. They have already begun taking orders from neighbors and adding more inventory. They are also working on getting a lottery licence and are seeking permission from ABRA to host wines tastings on Saturdays. They are also working on getting their website and social media accounts up and running. Store hours will be 9:00 am – 9:00 pm Monday through Saturday and 12:00 – 6:00 pm Sundays. Michigan Liquors is located at 3934 12TH Street NE.