as a vital part of the restaurant and hospitality industries,” said LeFevre. “Wine and alcohol have become serious revenue generators for Washington, which is currently the second largest wine producing state in the country. I’m proud that my company has generated millions of dollars for the state through our business.”
Downtown Spirits first opened its brick-and-mortar location in Seattle in 2012. Since then, the business has expanded its e-commerce approach significantly; the strategy has generated another year of double-digit sales growth (as other alcohol retailers’ booming pandemic sales of 2020 and 2021 have trended downward). The retailer offers 60-minute local delivery to home and business customers through its own fleet of delivery vehicles as well as its app available on the Apple App Store and Chrome Marketplace.
In 2014, Downtown Spirits was the Seattle-market launch retail partner for Drizly, an on-demand online alcohol marketplace now owned by Uber, and served as their sole retailer and fulfillment partner during its early years. Similarly, Esquin joined Drizly in 2015 and leveraged the platform to enhance sales and growth, particularly during the Covid-19 pandemic.
About Downtown Spirits
Downtown Spirits is an independent spirits, wine and beer retailer in Seattle. The beverage retailer is a subsidiary of Warren’s News & Gift, a family-owned business founded in 1994 that—in partnership with travel retailer Dufry—operates 21 stores at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport including Hudson, Hudson News, Coach, MAC Cosmetics, Filson, Pike & Pine, Tumi, Elliott Bay Books and Alki Bakery. Visit downtownspirits.com for more information.
About Esquin Wine & Spirits
Esquin Wine & Spirits is a family-owned wine and spirits retailer based in Seattle’s SODO district, founded in 1969. The company has been a subsidiary of TMSA Holdings since 1997. Visit madwine.com.