John Akins and David Bevans
Owners / Operators
David Bevans and John (Johnny) Akins set out to create a visually stunning shopping and learning space that is staffed with some of the most knowledgeable wine, beer, and spirits experts in Arkansas. Legacy Wine and Spirits can help find whatever you need with certified wine and beer specialist on staff. There is no other liquor store in Arkansas like Legacy.
After working managing other businesses together for eight years, in 2014, John Akins and David Bevans decided to take on a new project. That project just happened to be Legacy Wine and Spirits. They have a genuine interest in the industry and set out to create a different shopping experience with their store. When they're not busy at Legacy, John and David are traveling and entertaining friends.
Purchasing Manager and Cicerone
Jake began his professional career in alcohol retail sales in 2007. Quickly taking a liking to craft breweries and small-batch whiskey, he dove straight into the world of handcrafted beers and single malt Scotches. Working under the tutelage of numerous sommeliers, home-brewers, and all sorts of experts in alcohol sales and production, he honed his craft over the next eight years specializing in all things distilled, fermented, and brewed.
He is a Certified Cicerone through the Cicerone Certification Program.
He started working at Legacy in 2015 and was promoted to Purchasing Manager in 2019.
Favorite drinks: beer and scotch
JR grew up in Texas but fell in love with Arkansas and as of recently calls Little Rock home. He is married and has one son who is away at college. He worked as a bartender/manager for five years before becoming Liquor Buyer/Floor Manager for six years at a large liquor store.
In 2012, he moved to Texas and explored his other passions - food and music. He is now back in Arkansas and is excited to bring his experience to the Legacy Team.
Favorite drink: Old School Black and Tan
Team Leader - Wine Specialist
Certifications/Special Training/Area of Expertise: WSET Level 3, Entry Level Sommelier, Pulaski Tech Certification in Wine and Spirit Studies
Jared was the bar manager at Big Orange - West while in college before coming to Legacy. He grew up in Little Rock and came to Legacy to put his education to use.
He has worked at Legacy since 2016.
Favorite drinks: Intrinsic Red Blend or a Bulliet Rye Manhattan
Chris has been with Johnny and David since the "old days" of I-30 Liquor. He joined them in May 2014 and helped relocate I-30 Liquor to Legacy Wine and Spirits in October of 2015. He has been with them ever since.
Karen was born and raised in Little Rock, and she has four daughters. In her spare time, she enjoys relaxing or doing anything that relates to softball.
She started working at Legacy in 2019.
Favorite drink: Rock Town Bourbon Cream
Jonathan is a native of central Arkansas. He is a proud cat-dad of two "felonious" felines and uncle to three beautiful nieces and a newborn nephew.
Jonathan began working at Legacy in June 2020. He is new to the world of wine and spirits but is very excited about this opportunity and looking forward to learning as much as he can!
Trevion "Tre" Collins
Tre is from Hot Springs. He studied Jazz Performance and the University of Arkansas at Monticello. He enjoys playing music, going to the gun range, and cooking.
He started working at Legacy in October 2019. He is grateful to Johnny and David for trusting him to be a part of the team with no prior experience in the industry.
Favorite drink: Kentucky Mule
Originally from Austria, Alex grew up in Little Rock where he attended UALR. He has worked in the hospitality industry for over 20 years. He is married and has four children.
In his spare time, Alex enjoys woodworking, spending time with his family, and baking.
Alex started working at Legacy in September 2020.
Favorite drink: Old World wines
Lisa is a proud Native Texan who has lived in the Little Rock area for 20 years. She has a Bachelor's degree from Texas and a Master's Degree from Harding. She lives with her husband and her two high school children.
She enjoys the simple things in life: country music, sunsets, fishing, kayaking, and spending time at the family lake house. She likes a good game of pool and enjoys entertaining friends from the bar on her patio.
In her spare time, she volunteers at the Arkansas Food Bank and the Quapaw Quarter Association as a docent of historical homes. Her family also enjoys fostering dogs from the non-profit organization Maumelle Friends of the Animals.
She began working at Legacy in June 2020.
Lisa is eager to learn more about wine, spirits, and crafted beer. She is passionate about providing superior customer service and is dedicated to Legacy's loyal patrons.
Her favorite drinks describe her personality: Minty Mojito (sweet with a little kick) and a Spicy Jalapeno Margarita (smooth with a lot of spice - and don't forget the Tajin!)
Alex graduated from Central High in 2015 and worked at the Faded Rose past graduation. After leaving The Rose, he moved to Dallas, then to Florida until the fall of 2019. He is currently being mentored to be an entrepreneur. He has played soccer his whole life and is still very passionate about it.
He has been at Legacy since November 2020.
Favorite Drink: Hennessey STRAIGHT!
Hunter was born in Memphis, Tennesse and raised in Northeast Arkansas. In 2019, he graduated with a degree in Health Education from the University of Central Arkansas. Hunter is currently in nursing school in Little Rock and is passionate about helping others. When he isn't studying or at work, Hunter enjoys writing music and spending time with his family and friends.
He has been at Legacy since March 2020 and brings that same passion to our team.
Favorite drink: Triple shot of Patron on the Rock "wit' a lil' bit of lime"
Gage was born and raised in Little Rock and is attending school to become an aircraft technician. He is the oldest of five siblings.
In his spare time, Gage enjoys spending time with friends and family, exercising, traveling, and sports.
Gage started working at Legacy in September 2020.
Favorite Drink: Long Island Tea
Sarah was born on an Air Force Base in the South but grew up almost entirely in the Pacific Northwest and moved to Arkansas in December 2020! She is married with four children, two boys and two girls, and also has three large dogs and a couple of wild roaming cats.
Sarah is currently back in school as an online student with Arizona State University for her Bachelors in Sustainability.
Sarah and her family love exploring their new state through hiking, family fun, museums and restaurants, and is always looking for suggestions on what to check out next!
Favorite Drink: depends on the time of day; Before 4pm it is a Bloody Mary and evenings it is all about a Lemon Drop Martini!
Sr. Warehouse Specialist
Nick worked in the restaurant industry for 6 years. He worked for a local catering company as a site manager for 10 years before joining Team Legacy.
He has been at Legacy since day 1!
Favorite drink/cocktail/tasty beverage: A good Stout
Shawn was born and raised in Little Rock. He attended J.A. Fair High School and then Pulaski Technical College.
He bartends at Fountain and has worked at various bars and venues for over a decade.
Shawn started working at Legacy in March 2020.
Favorite Drink: "I'm down wit the claw if you down wit that I got two words for ya . . ."
Sr. Warehouse Specialist
Certifications/Special Training/ Area of Expertise: Spirits Specialist
Personal Background: 13 years of bartending experience and still rockin’ it out part-time.
Mike has worked here since Legacy first opened.
Favorite drink/cocktail/tasty beverage: Jagermeister
Inventory Control Specialist
Jessica is a Little Rock native and attended the historic Central High School. After graduating, she received her diploma in Medical Assisting from Remington College. When she decided to leave the medical field after almost 9 years, the owners here at Legacy, Johnny and David, greeted her with open arms. They saw potential in her and trained her to do this job because they believed in her, and she is forever grateful for that. Jessica is married to her best friend and soulmate, Dustin, who loves Johnny and David just as much as she does! They have one son, Lincoln, who made his grand entrance into the world in March 2020.
She started at Legacy as a part-time cashier in July 2018 and moved upstairs to the Admin Office in October 2018.
Her favorite wine to sip on is Tussock Jumper Moscato, while her husband’s favorite beer is Lost Forty Love Honey!
Abby is from North Carolina, but she has lived in the Little Rock area for the past 10 years. She graduated from Sheridan High School in 2017. Then proceeded to earn her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She majored in Web Design and Development and minored in Graphic Design and Information Technology. She graduated cum laude in December of 2020. During her college time, she worked full time and held several internship positions that helped her expand her skill sets and develop in the design industry.
She married her high school sweetheart, William, on their seventh anniversary in April of 2020. She enjoys spending her free time curled up with a good book with her three fur babies, Mr. Nibbles, Ember, and Izzy. Or helping others advance their businesses through logo and website creation.
She started at Legacy in January of 2021 and is extremely grateful to Johnny and David for giving her this opportunity to grow with their business and develop her career aspirations.
Favorite Drink: Frozen Strawberry Margarita.