At Rebsamen, we are always trying to make the customer experience more aesthetically pleasing, as well as pleasing to the palate and the wallet. So we had a guy do some art! A friend of the store created some vines and grapes to spruce up our window displays. Now, when you look at our storefront, you won't just see our friendly faces, information about sales, and fine wines and spirits themselves. You'll also see vines and grapes.
If you stop by the store, you might notice a new person behind the counter. Don't be alarmed! Believe it or not, even at our store, where the same two brothers worked for decades, sometimes people move onto new projects. Fortunately, we have been lucky in finding great new people to step in and work hard in providing our customers with great service and selection.
So if you see someone you don't recognize, just say hi. We'd love to meet you! After all, you're the reason we're here.
When Copping Arkansas Liquor came under new ownership in 2014, the new owners kept some things just as they had always been -- friendly service, family values, fair prices, and a classic look -- and changed some other things. One of the things that inevitably changed was the name. The new owners felt the Copping name should be preserved with the version of the store as it was owned by the Copping brothers, with the new owners forging their own legacy.
Rebsamen was an easy choice for the new name. The store is located on Rebsamen Park Drive near Rebsamen Park, and our neighborhood clients are all familiar with the word. (We know you're not from around here if you call it Reb-SAH-men or use some other weird pronunciation.)
The story of how the street and park got named Rebsamen is interesting. Raymond Rebsamen was a true jack-of-all-trades: a soldier who served in both World Wars, a cattle rancher, owner of the local Ford dealership, first chairman of Metroplan, and founder of Rebsamen Insurance. Rebsamen Insurance, with headquarters just around the corner from where Rebsamen Liquor is now, became one of the largest independent insurance companies in the country before it was bought by Regions in 2001. Raymond Rebsamen was a generous philanthropist, donating much of the land for both the Little Rock Air Force Base and UALR, making a foundational gift to Rebsamen Golf Course, and giving a sculpture of Icarus and Daedalus to Little Rock that is currently located at -- you guessed it -- Rebsamen Plaza near the main library downtown. UALR named its primary campus for him in 2008.
While Raymond Rebsamen didn't have any personal connection to our little store, he was a major contributor to the development of Little Rock and especially our neighborhood, to the point that some people call it the Rebsamen neighborhood. We didn't exactly name our store for Raymond Rebsamen, but it seems like he's a pretty good namesake all the same.
Some heavy weather is coming to Little Rock over the next few days. What better time to come check out some of our favorite IPAs? We're balling out with the Sixpoint Resin IIPA, a 9.1% ABV beer that's as heavy as these storms are supposed to be. We're thrilled to have Michigan's flagship beer, Bell's Two-Hearted Ale, which has only recently begun sales in Little Rock, but which Midwestern folks will know and love. And, of course, we're fully stocked on the extremely popular Lagunitas IPA.
When crummy weather gets you down, get down to Rebsamen, stock up, and ride out the rain with these terrific beers.
Yesterday's storm knocked out power throughout Riverdale. We still don't have lights! But we're open anyway. Come have fun in the dark and see us for great wine, beer, and spirits deals. As long as you don't mind shopping by candlelight!
Whew! It's taken us a few days to recover from our March excitement to write this post congratulating the Little Rock Trojans for an incredible NCAA Tournament. Winning the Sun Belt and making the field was plenty achievement for a program that has known hard times over the decades. But then, Chris Beard and his team of juco transfers, walk-ons, and no-names showed they were made of special stuff, upsetting a gigantic, talented Purdue team en route to national acclaim and their second-ever Round of 32 berth (the other coming in 1986).
Little Rock is proud of Little Rock's team, and so are the folks here at Rebsamen Liquor. I remember going to Coach Jim Thome's UALR basketball camp in the '90s, back when the team played at Barton and was represented by an inscrutable acronym, rather a sleek urban rebrand. Everyone in Little Rock has some UALR connection or another. These boys have always had our admiration, but this year they earned a whole new level of respect.
So again, congrats. Let's do it again soon.
We've got awesome, loyal customers. But for people who are new to the area or don't typically shop with us, we have historically been hard to find. (Hint: We're next to Town Pump.)
Now, you can't miss us. We've got a great new building sign thanks to the pros at Arkansas Sign and Neon. It's clean, modern, and classic. Best of all, as Tommy said, "You can see it from space." Works for us! After blending in for so long, we're ready to stand out.
Seems like the Presidential election is all anyone is talking about these days! Trump, Clinton, Cruz, Sanders... how many candidates are there again?
At Rebsamen, we may not know much about politics, but we do know a lot about the best liquor and wine selection in Riverdale. And customer service, since we've got 50 years of expertise and neighborhood friends to count on. And believe it or not, our prices are lower than our liquor store competition, too.
Now this is sounding like a stump speech. But our promises aren't empty rhetoric... we promise!
Walmart is big, Rebsamen is little. So who has the best selection of California chardonnay, French cabernet, Argentine malbec, and Spanish port? Would you believe Rebsamen? Arkansas law only permits large chains like Walmart to carry off-brand and low-alcohol wine and wine-like beverages. Popular mass-market and high-end brands can only be found at your friendly local liquor store. So when you're shopping for a bottle of wine in the Riverdale, whether it's Black Box or Bourgogne, there's really only one place to go: Rebsamen.
We feel blessed to have had such a warm reception from our customers and friends. The last year has seen a lot of transitions at the store, mostly good ones. We're lucky to have kept the family relationships that make Rebsamen such a distinctive place to shop for fine wine and spirits.
Looking forward to a holiday season full of good deals, selection, and customer service. We're thankful for the opportunity to serve our neighborhood!
By Your Friendly Rebsamen Management Team
We are a full-service, local source for wine, spirits, and more. Located next to Town Pump. The continuation and restoration of Copping Arkansas Liquor.