NEW BOUTIQUE ON THE BLOCK: John Houston’s Fine Wines and Good Spirits opens in downtown Vicksburg – The Vicksburg Post

NEW BOUTIQUE ON THE BLOCK: John Houston’s Fine Wines and Good Spirits opens in downtown Vicksburg

Posted 3:55 p.m. on Tuesday, November 1, 2022

David and Lori Fagan have breathed new life into a downtown treasure with the transformation of the Adolf Rose Building on Clay Street into a charming liquor store.

Named after David’s father, John Houston’s Fine Wines and Good Spirits, the liquor store offers a variety of wines and spirits for all occasions.

After buying the historic property, David said, he and Lori weren’t sure what to do with the building. However, after listening to feedback from some of those who live nearby, they decided to turn it into a liquor store.

“When we bought the building, we were wondering what we could do with it, and a lot of people downtown said, ‘You have to open a liquor store downtown. So, we thought about it and were like, “OK,” Fagan said.

While the building’s architectural features were gorgeous before any renovations — with exposed brick walls and high ceilings — the addition of gorgeous wooden wine racks only adds to the ambiance of the space.

Fagan, who doesn’t go so far as to call himself a “wine connoisseur,” admits he had learned about wines during his many visits to Martin’s Wine Cellar in New Orleans.

There, he says, he discovers “good wines at good prices”.

“As my friend said, ‘Anyone can buy wine that’s expensive and good, but the trick is to buy good wine that’s cheap,'” Fagan said.

And at John Houston’s Fine Wines and Good Spirits, customers will have the opportunity to consider a variety of selections.

Fagan’s son, John, runs the downtown liquor store.

“He is part owner and Lori and I are the other owners,” Fagan said. “And he’s pretty good.”

On Friday, a grand opening and ribbon cutting will take place at John Houston’s Fine Wines and Good Spirits beginning at 3:30 p.m. at 717 Clay St. The ribbon cutting is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.

The Fagans also have plans for the upper level of the building, but at the time of the interview, they weren’t ready to divulge them.

The Adolph Rose Building is named after Adolph Rose, a dry goods merchant. Construction of the three-and-a-half-story building began in 1896 and was completed in 1897. The right side of the building was converted into the Strand Theater in 1934. Rose’s company occupied the building until 1935. It was then sold to Feld Furniture, which occupied the facility for approximately 40 years.

Before the Fagans purchased the building, an antique store was located there.

About Terri Cowart Frazier

Terri Frazier was born in Cleveland. Soon after, the family moved to Vicksburg. She is a part-time reporter for the Vicksburg Post and editor of Vicksburg Living Magazine, which was awarded first place by the Mississippi Press Association. She was also the recipient of a first place award in the editorial division of the MPA’s Better Newspaper Contest for “Best Feature Article”.

Terri is a graduate of Warren Central High School and Mississippi State University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in communications with a major in public relations.

Before coming to work at the Post just over 10 years ago, she freelanced at the Jackson Free Press. But for most of her life, she enjoyed being a full-time stay-at-home mom.

Terri is a member of Crawford Street United Methodist Church. She is a life member of the Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary and was a member of the Sampler Antique Club and the Town and Country Garden Club. She is married to Dr. Walter Frazier.

“Whether it’s staying informed about local government issues or hearing the stories of local residents, a local newspaper is vital to a community. I have felt privileged to be part of a dedicated team at the Post throughout my tenure and hope that with theirs and with local support, I can continue to grow and hone my skills by helping to share the stories in Vicksburg. When people ask me what I love most about my job, my answer is always “the people”.

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