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john wolf owner of liquor boy and chicago lake liquor

Photography by Roy Son


Meet the man who is curating your liquor cabinet in a warehouse-style store. His name is John Wolf, and he’s the owner of Minneapolis’s storied Chicago Lake Liquors as well as Liquor Boy, located in St. Louis Park.

Wolf quickly realized that customers craved an edited selection that didn’t break the bank; they wanted a Costco price with a more personal shopping experience. So he created Liquor Boy, hiring a knowledgeable staff and creating a fun environment to raise the collective spirits of the Twin Cities.

And it’s not only the store itself that’s a cool concept. While the staff helps with everything from stocking the bar for lavish weddings to offering pairing suggestions for intimate dinner parties, Liquor Boy also hosts exclusive events. Recently, it was a tasting of the $2,900-a-bottle Louis XIII by Rémy Martin at Martin Patrick 3. “Who else opens bottles of Louis XIII for their customers?” he muses. “No one except Liquor Boy. It’s crazy, but that’s who we are.”

Read this article as it appears in the magazine.

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