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.
Christopher "Chris" Mize
Chris grew up in Mena, AR. He enjoys cooking and trying new cuisine. He has worked in the food and beverage industry for over 8 years now and has multiple certifications from WEST and Court of Master Sommeliers.
Chris started working at Legacy in 2019 and took over the Beer Department in September 2019.
Favorite drinks: Growers Champagne, barrel-fermented sours, as well as bourbon and rye whiskey
Team Leader - Wine Specialist
Certifications/Special Training/Area of Expertise: WSET Level 2, Entry Level Sommelier
Brad is a native Texan and recently moved to Arkansas from Missouri.
He has been in the wine and spirits industry since 1986 and has traveled to wineries in France, Argentina, and New Zealand as well as California, Washington, and Oregon. Although his passion is fine wines, he is also well versed in spirits, especially Scotch.
Favorite drinks: Alsace, Champagne, and Pinot Noirs
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: Rocktown Bourbon Cream
Clay is from Conway, Arkansas. He attended UCA for is prerequisites for nursing and transferred to UAMS in July 2019.
He enjoys playing golf and spending time out on the lake.
He started working at Legacy in May 2020.
Jonathan is a native to 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
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!)
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"
Kristy is a Southern girl who loves being a mom to her two boys. She has worked in the film and production industry for 23 years as a hair and make-up artist.
She is new to the Legacy team as of April 2020.
Favorite drink: A cold Truly or Swell.
Jordan graduated from UALR with a Bachelors's in Health Science and a Business degree. He loves spending time with his wife their five children. He is a bartender at 610 Center.
He started working at Legacy in March 2020.
Sales Associate - Merchandiser
Tyler grew up in the very small town of Fouke, Arkansas. He has a beautiful wife and is a father of two Wild and crazy boys. In his free time, he enjoys hanging out with friends and spending time with the family, along with hunting and fishing when the opportunity presents itself.
He and his family relocated to Little Rock in October 2018 for advancement in his merchandising career for Dillards, where he is a visual sales manager. He has a merchandising background of 12 years and looks forward to bringing it into Legacy.
He joined the Legacy team in June 2020.
Favorite drinks: Bulleit Straight Bourbon old fashioned and/or Makers 46 Manhattan.
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!
Shelby was born and raised in Benton, Arkansas. She grew up competing in horse shows at the national level and has always enjoyed playing sports - tennis being her favorite.
She discovered her passion for photography as a teenager. That passion later merged with a fascination with graphic design and videography. After obtaining associates degrees from Pulaski Technical College, Shelby attended UA Little Rock and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design with a minor in Finance.
Shelby started at Legacy at the end of 2019. She is grateful to Johnny and David for taking a chance on her, and she can not wait to see what she adds to the Legacy brand.