Keeping Your Spirits Up For Fifty Years
Whether you're selecting a great wine to pair with dinner, some Champagne for a special event, or looking for a delicious beer for your weekend, Brown's has you covered.
Brown’s has been in business for 50 years, owned and operated by Richard and Carlene Brown.
When Oklahoma went “wet” in 1959, a small package store opened for business behind the ‘Honk & Holler’ at the corner of Main and Miller Streets in the location that is now Company’s Comin’ II. Several years later, the Browns acquired the store in the fall of 1966.
By 1970, it was clear that 800 square feet of floor space was not going to ‘cut it’ and the landlord was prevailed upon to enlarge the existing structure.
As the industry continued to grow, and consumer interest in wine began to increase, the business once again outgrew its building and another enlargement took place in 1980, adding more retail area, a bigger stock room, and upstairs offices. By now the ‘Honk & Holler’ was gone and the increased visibility from Main Street continued to spur the growth of the store.
In 2000, the cash registers were retired in favor of computers, vastly improving the ability of the staff to monitor sales trends and offer timely specials to the public. It rapidly became clear that another expansion was in order. Unfortunately, city underground utilities and codes prevented further enlargement of the existing building, so plans were made to renovate the Grimsley’s Supply building next door. In the fall of 2001, Brown’s moved to its current location, now boasting nearly 5000 square feet of floor space. One year later the Browns opened Company’s Comin’ II in the former location in order to provide the finest in non-alcoholic entertainment foods and accessories.
State of the Art
Brown’s Bottle Shop today is a state of the art wine and spirits store. Brightly lit, clearly marked aisles host one of the state’s largest inventories of alcoholic products. Computerized ordering means we can check availability of any product not currently in stock. Our “World Tour” of single beers tops 500 types, more than any other ‘pick 6’ in the state. Brown’s has over 200 types of vodka alone, and close to 3000 types of wine. Our buying power allows us to stock limited release and hard to find items that the other stores just cannot find.
Part of what separates Brown’s Bottle Shop from the rest of the pack is the breadth of knowledge we possess. Need a great bottle of wine for a gift? We can point you in the right direction. Do you like sweet or dry? Red or white? What are you planning on eating with the wine? All of these questions have answers when you come to Brown’s.
Several times a year, General Manager John Franzmann hosts training events where he imparts his knowledge of great wine to the staff. The staff then absorbs the knowledge and incorporates it into their memory banks. Brown’s trainings have launched careers in the industry for nine former employees in the past seven years, and have become an important resource for beverage and food-pairing knowledge in the community.
Not to be outdone, our beer guru, Chuck Haley, provides a beer education forum for the staff once a year. As a result, our staff is very clever. Come see for yourself!