Flandreau’s new Sioux River Spirits enjoyed early success in some craft beers and liquors.
The Wind Street store, which will be co-managed and owned by Carleen Wild Wilson, opened on July 30 and has already sold craft vodka and craft sisters, beers that tend to have a fruity taste.
“Sour is a different beverage. They are so good. They’re one of the hottest things around, ”Wild Wilson said of the drink, which reminds him of a mix of popsicle and beer. “They are often very strongly flavored with fruit. They fly to the door. I have already ordered two sour three times and cannot fit one.
While the store sells craft beers from the region, it will also have products that still sell well and high-end items that are harder to find.
“They are so many good things out there. It’s crazy, “she said.” People are more willing to try things that are a bit off the beaten path than what we give them. People are curious. We are delighted to be a resource. .
In addition to alcohol, the store sells specialty food items from the region, including meats from Flandreau Meat Locker, popcorn from Gaylen’s near Wentworth, and Dot’s Pretzels. They will also sell cheese, honey and syrups.
“We really believe that there are many different tastes and preferences in and around the region. We want to be a really fun store and resource for everyone, ”she said. “We’re going to have a lot of variety, from railroad brands to some high-end things, things that sometimes they can’t get here. We think there is a thirst for it here.
Wild Wilson said there will be regular tastings and eventually she would like to get a South Dakota beer and wine license so a customer can sit down and have a glass of wine or a group of friends can enjoy a drink while shopping.
“We plan to make music regularly. We will have a few small tables in there. We will have WiFi, ”she said. “We’re not trying to be a bar at all. We just want to be able to provide an opportunity to give people an experience and to taste things. “
For now, store hours are 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and noon to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Wild Wilson rents store space from Kyle Haug with Parlly Group, which renovates the historic building. Haug previously operated a liquor store in the building, but eventually closed it.
Wild Wilson and her husband, Casey Wilson, have been considering the business opportunity for a brewery in Flandreau since moving here in 2012. This plan could eventually come to fruition, but for now they are focused on the retail store. . She also owns Bend in the River AirBnB and has a photo studio at the back of the building on Second Avenue, leasing the frontage to another retail tenant.
There are good opportunities for entrepreneurs in Flandreau, said Wild Wilson. She recently worked for South Dakota Magazine and will now devote her time to her businesses.
“We love Flandreau. Since we moved here, I’ve only seen potential for small businesses, ”she said.