Store Hours Mon-Thu 9am-10pm, Fri-Sat 9am-11pm. Our cutoff for same day delivery is 8pm.

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 wine and beer specialists 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 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

 

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JR Gloria

 General Manager

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

 

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Jonathan Bradshaw

 Team Leader

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!

Jonathan was promoted to Team Leader in March 2021.

 

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Jared Davis

Outside Sales Coordinator and 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.

Jared was promoted to Outside Sales Coordinator in March 2021.

Favorite drinks: Intrinsic Red Blend or a Bulliet Rye Manhattan

 

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Jimmy Gary

Team Leader and Beer Specialist

Jimmy is from Dallas/Ft Worth and moved to Little Rock 11 years ago. He is father to "the most wonderful girls in the world".

Jimmy is a dedicated beer nerd "never met a beer I didn't like, just a few I wouldn't drink again" Jimmy is an Army Veteran, he went to the University of North Texas where he studied radio, television, and film.

Some of Jimmy's hobbies include working on cars, home brewing and anything to do with KISS.

Started working at Legacy January 2022

Favorite drink: Chimay Grand Reserve (Blue Label) & Rahr & Sons Paleta de Mango

 

 

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Leah Lambert

Beer Specialist

Bio Coming Soon

 

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Trevion "Tre" Collins

 Sales Associate

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

 

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Lisa Harrison

 Sales Associate

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!)

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Michael Henneseey

 Sales Associate

Michael was born and raised in Little Rock and graduated from Catholic High.

He is an avid shoe collector and makes rugs when he has the time.

He started working at Legacy  in February 2022.

Favorite drink: Tequila straight, specificially Don Julio 1942

 

 

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Kalie Ojaka

 Sales Associate

Bio Coming Soon

 

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Karen Okwuikpo

 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: Rock Town Bourbon Cream

 

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Malachi Steward

 Delivery Driver

Malachi is Arkansas raised but a Texan at heart! He started off his education in French at the University of Central Arkansas and has continued at Colorado Technical University for consumer psychology.

He really enjoys spending time with his nine rescue turtles, working on projects, and re-finishing furniture.

Favorite drinks: Water with lemon

 

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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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Rachel Marks

 Inventory Control Specialist

Rachel comes to us from New Orleans, LA where she has spent the past four years studying under an advanced sommelier, and seeking to gain her WSET Level 2 certification.

In her free time Rachel loves to get crafty on the sewing machine, and deep dive into mystery novels.

Started working at Legacy August 2021.

Favorite drink: 2010 Barolo from Piedmont, Italy

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Shelby Ridgway

 Head of Graphic Design and Public Relations

Shelby was born and raised in Benton, AR. She obtained a BFA in Graphic Design and Minor in Finance from UA Little Rock.

She has two dogs, Riley and Jenny Lee, and a horse, Aubrey.

Started working at Legacy December 2019.

 

 

 

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