About Us

 

 

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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 cicerones and a sommelier 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.

 

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Jake Dell

 Purchasing Manger and Cicerone

Jake began his professional career in alcohol retail sales in 2007. Quickly taking a liking to craft breweries and small batch whisky, 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.

 

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Christopher "Chris" Mize

 Beer Manager

Chris took over Legacy's Beer Department in September 2019. More information about Chris will be coming soon.

 

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 Chris Gray

 Team Leader

Chris been with Johnny & 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 Spirirts in October of 2015. He has been with them ever since.

 

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Jerry Walter

Team Leader - Wine Specialist

Certifications/Special Training/Area of Expertise: WSET: Level 2 Spirits and Distillation and Level 3 Wine

Court of Master Sommeliers: Introductory Sommelier.

 When not studying wines, Jerry is bass fishing in Southern Arkansas.

He started working for Legacy Wine and Spirits in 2019

 Favorite wines: Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Syrah/Shiraz, Zinfandel

 

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Jared Davis

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

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Pat Beaird

Sales Associate - Wine Specialist

Pat's background includes an MBA and over 25 years of experience in Marketing. In 2010, he returned to school, turning a lifelong love for cooking into a second career. Pat earned degrees in both Culinary Arts and in Hospitality Management. As part of his training, he also earned several wine and spirits certifications.

Pat's culinary career has included working on a foodtruck, developing a menu and recipes as the head chef at a brewery, and co-owning a restaurant. Most recently he successfully completed the arduous Level 3 certification from the Wine and Spirits Educational Trust.

Pat offers Legacy customers knowledgeable advice in selecting wines, pairing food and wine, menu planning, and event planning. His knowledge also extends to spirits and craft beer - including beer good pairings.

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Gail Payer

 Sales Associate

Gail has worked in the liquor industry for seven years. She enjoys helping customers find the best libations for the perfect occasion. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

She has worked for Legacy Wine and Spirits for 2 year.

  Favorite drink: Butterscotch Schnaps

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Erin Beacham

 Sales Associate

Erin recently moved back home to Arkansas from Denver, Colorado to pursue a degree in cytotechnology at UAMS. Before moving to Colorado, she had been an employee at Legacy since its opening in 2015.

When she's not studying or working, she enjoys hiking and attending improv classes.

  She enjoys trying new craft beers and some of the customers have even called her "the beer girl." However, she does enjoy a glass of red wine from time to time.

 

 

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Trevion "Tre" Collins

 Sales Associate

Bio Coming Soon

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Karen Barnes

 Sales Associate

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

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Joe Hockersmith

 Sales Associate

Joe graduated early from Benton High School in 2015 in order to join the Marine Corps. He currently models for Evelle Model Management as well as Sterling Model Management. He hopes to one day become a professional model/actor. Before Legacy, he worked as a department manager at Lowes for three years. He has been bodybuilding for around six years now, as a lifestyle and hobby. In his freetime, he enjoys working on cars and attending car shows.

"You can't climb the ladder of success with your hands behind your back."

Favorite liquor/drink: Beluga Gold Line Vodka and Johnnie Walker Blue Label Scotch

 

 

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Nick Hamilton

 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

 

 

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Mike Meza

 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

 

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Jessica Cosenza

 Inventory Control Specialist

 Jessica is a Little Rock native and attended the historical Central High School. After graduating, she attended Remington College and received her diploma in Medical Assisting. She worked at Arkansas Children’s Hospital in the Cardiology Clinic for 7 years with some of the best Physicians and Pediatric Heart Surgeons in the country. When she made the decision to leave the medical field, 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 will forever be grateful for that. She attributes her work with fragile children and amazing doctors to being trusted with our huge inventory selection of Wine, Spirits and Beer, as well as our clientele base. She has never had such amazing bosses as she does at Legacy. Jessica can honestly say, "I love my job!" She just celebrated her one year wedding anniversary with her amazing husband, Dustin. He is her best friend and soulmate. He loves Johnny and David just as much as she does!

She started at Legacy as a part time cashier in July of 2018. She moved upstairs to the Admin Office in October of 2018.

She doesn’t drink often, but if she does, she love a glass or two of sweet moscato! Her husband’s favorite beer is Lost Forty Love Honey!

 

 

 

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Shelby Ridgway

 Graphic Designer

Bio Coming Soon

 

 

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