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 together for eight years, John Akins and David Bevans wanted 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 do something different 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, Jake 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 8 years specializing in all things distilled, fermented and brewed.

Jake is a Certified Cicerone through the Cicerone Certification Program.

Jake 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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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

 I was the bar manager at Big Orange - West while in college before coming to Legacy.  I grew up in Little Rock, came to Legacy to put my education to use.

How long have you worked at Legacy? I have worked at Legacy since 2016.

My favorite beverages are Intrinsic Red Blend or a Bulliet Rye Manhattan.

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Pat Beaird

Team Leader - Wine Specialist

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Jerry Walter

Team Leader - Wine Specialist

Certifications/Special Training/Area of Expertise: WSET: level 2 spirits and distillation,

Court of Master Sommeliers: Introductory Sommelier.

 When not studying wines, I am bass fishing in Southern Arkansas.

I started working for Legacy Wine and Spirits in 2019

 My favorite wines are: Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Syrah/Shiraz, Zinfandel.

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 Chris Gray

 Team Leader

Chris has been with Johnny & David since the "old days" of I-30 Liquor.  He joined them in May 2014.  He helped relocate I-30 Liquor to Legacy Wine and Spirirts in October of 2015 and has been with them ever since.  

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 Scotty Gaddis

 Team Leader

I was born in Little Rock, AR and have lived here most of my life.  I am an Army Veteran and a graduate of UALR with a degree in Marketing and Political Science.  When I started with Legacy four years ago, I also started my career as an independent insurance agent with Gleason Insurance.  Over the last several years I have been growing my insurance business while working at Legacy to expand my wine and spirit knowledge. 

I have been with Legacy Wine and Spirits since it opened in 2015.

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Gail Payer

 Sales Associate

I have worked in the liquor industry for seven years.  I enjoy helping customers find the best libations for the perfect occasion.  I enjoy spending time with my family and friends.

I have worked for Legacy Wine and Spirits for 2 year.

  My favorite drink is Butterscotch Schnaps.

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Lindsey Lassiter

 Sales Associate

 

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Haley Huffman

 Sales Associate

Started September 2019

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Brandon Schiefelbein

 Sales Associate

I was born in Illinois, grew up in Texas, and graduated high school in Cabot, Ar.  Although I do not have any expertise in the industry I love learning about the industry.  I have been in sales for 7 years. I started at Hibbett Sporting goods, and Best Buy as a Mobile Sales associate. I like the challenge of going into a field that I have little knowledge about, but it is not my first time selling to people.  I enjoy building a rapport with customers and being a servant to everyone regardless of their needs when they walk into the store.  

Also, I love all sports and could talk about them for days. I have a German Shepard named Blondie, she is 2.  Also, I love to hunt and fish, and anything outdoors. Working for Legacy has given me the ability to network with West Little Rock Residents, and become a member of the community.  I love helping people and fulfilling all of their Wine and Spirits needs. So do not be afraid to come in and find out what we are all about. 

 I started working for Legacy Wine and Spirits in 2018.

My favorite cocktails are Gin and tonic with Extra lime, or a London mule.

 

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Nick Hamilton

 Sr. Warehouse Specialist

 I worked in the restaurant industry for 6 years.  I worked for a local catering company as a site manager for 10 years before joining Team Legacy.

I have been at Legacy since day 1! 

My 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.

How long have you worked at Legacy? Since Legacy first opened.

Favorite drink/cocktail/tasty beverage: Jagermeister

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Kody Long

 Warehouse Specialist

Started in September 2019

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Jessica Cosenza

 Inventory Control Specialist

 I am a Little Rock native and attended the historical Central High School. After graduating, I attended Remington College and received my diploma in Medical Assisting. I 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 I made the decision to leave the medical field, the owners here at Legacy, Johnny and David, greeted me with open arms.  They saw potential in me and trained me to do this job because they believed in me, and I will forever be grateful for that. I attribute my 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. I have never had such amazing bosses as I do at Legacy. I can honestly say, I love my job! I just celebrated my one year wedding anniversary with my amazing husband, Dustin. He is my best friend and soulmate. He loves Johnny and David just as much as I do!

I started at Legacy as a part time cashier in July of 2018. I moved upstairs to the Admin Office in October of 2018.  I have been at Legacy for just over a year!

I don’t drink often, but if I do, I love a glass or two of sweet moscato!  My husband’s favorite beer is Lost Forty Love Honey!

 

 

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Hunter Crenshaw

 Public Relations and Art Director

After seeing his creativity and talent on display while working as an independent graphic designer, owners John and David immediately sought out to enlist Hunter to the Legacy team. Hunter is in charge of all social media, advertising and marketing for Legacy Wine and Spirits. He went to Columbia College Chicago, where he got his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Photography. In his free time he loves working on his own artwork and event planning.

 

 

 

 

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