NEW SHOP ON THE BLOCK: John Houston’s Fine Wines and Good Spirits opens in downtown Vicksburg

Published 3:55 pm Tuesday, November 1, 2022

David and Lori Fagan have breathed new life into a downtown treasure with the transformation of the Adolf Rose building, located on Clay Street, into a charming wine and spirits store.

Named after David’s father, John Houston’s Fine Wines and Good Spirits, the liquor store offers a variety of wines and spirits for all occasions.

After purchasing the historic property, David said, he and Lori were not sure what they were going to do with the building. However, after listening to feedback from some of those who live close by, they decided to turn it into a liquor store.

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“When we bought the building, we were wondering what we could do with it and a lot of people downtown said, ‘You need to open up a downtown liquor store.’ So, we thought about it and said, ‘OK,’” Fagan said.

While the architectural features of the building were beautiful before any renovations were done — with exposed brick walls and tall ceiling heights — the addition of the beautiful wooden wine racks only adds to the ambiance of the space.

Fagan, who does not go as far as calling himself a “wine connoisseur,” admits he had become quite familiar with wines during his many visits to Martin’s Wine Cellar in New Orleans.

There, he said, he discovered “good wines at a good price.”

“As my friend said, ‘Anyone can buy wine that’s expensive and that’s good, but the trick is to buy good wine that’s not expensive,’” Fagan said.

And at John Houston’s Fine Wines and Good Spirits, patrons will have the opportunity to consider a variety of selections.

Managing the downtown liquor store is Fagan’s son, John.

“He is part owner and Lori and I are the other owners,” Fagan said. “And he’s pretty good.”

On Friday, a grand opening and ribbon cutting will be held at John Houston’s Fine Wines and Good Spirits beginning at 3:30 p.m. at 717 Clay St. The ribbon cutting is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.

The Fagans also have plans for the upper level of the building, but at the time of the interview were not ready to disclose them.

The Adolph Rose building was named for Adolph Rose, a dry goods merchant. Construction on the three-and-a-half-story building began in 1896 and was completed in 1897. The right side of the building was remodeled into the Strand Theatre in 1934. Rose’s business occupied the building until 1935. It was then sold to Feld Furniture, which occupied the facility for about 40 years.

Prior to the Fagans purchasing the building, an antique shop was housed there.

About Terri Cowart Frazier

Terri Frazier was born in Cleveland. Shortly afterward, the family moved to Vicksburg. She is a part-time reporter at The Vicksburg Post and is the editor of the Vicksburg Living Magazine, which has been awarded First Place by the Mississippi Press Association. She has also been the recipient of a First Place award in the MPA’s Better Newspaper Contest’s editorial division for the “Best Feature Story.”

Terri graduated from Warren Central High School and Mississippi State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations.

Prior to coming to work at The Post a little more than 10 years ago, she did some freelancing at the Jackson Free Press. But for most of her life, she enjoyed being a full-time stay at home mom.

Terri is a member of the Crawford Street United Methodist Church. She is a lifetime member of the Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary and is a past member of the Sampler Antique Club and Town and Country Garden Club. She is married to Dr. Walter Frazier.

“From staying informed with local governmental issues to hearing the stories of its people, a hometown newspaper is vital to a community. I have felt privileged to be part of a dedicated team at The Post throughout my tenure and hope that with theirs and with local support, I will be able to continue to grow and hone in on my skills as I help share the stories in Vicksburg. When asked what I like most about my job, my answer is always ‘the people.’

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