By CRISTINA JANNEY
Jeff and Melissa Dewey of Hays are the new owners of Doghouse Liquor of Hays, formerly Steinert Liquor, 2522 Vine.
The couple became owners of the business on June 13.
The store offers a variety of liquors, beers, and wines, from high-end to less expensive choices.
They have kept most of the same staff and plan to continue with the same merchandise and operations as the previous owners, including store discounts.
“We’re all a little family,” Melissa Dewey said of the staff. “We couldn’t do it without them. They are exceptional.”
Fort Hays State University students and staff and military members receive a 10% daily discount. The store also offers a loyalty program. For every dollar spent, you receive one point. After receiving 100 points, you get a 10% discount.
Discounts are also offered on bulk orders for events. The store offers a planning service to help customers plan weddings or other events. They estimate the amount of alcohol and the types of alcohol customers will need. The planning service is offered free of charge, said Melissa Dewey.
The Deweys already own a real estate business.
“We’re just looking to get more into the community and meet more people and saw the opportunity there,” Jeff Dewey said. “We thought it sounded like a fun business.”
Melissa Dewey said the couple thought Doghouse was a fun name for the store.
“We work together in real estate and that, and we go out every morning to have fun,” Jeff Dewey said. “When you work and live together, if you don’t aim to have fun in what you do, the day can be long. It’s the basis of who we are and what we do day in and day out. “
Jeff Dewey said that as business owners, the couple are constantly on the lookout for what customers want and new products to introduce to the store.
The couple added two new coolers to the store so customers could buy chilled wine.
If you buy wine or other products as a gift, the store offers gift bags, as well as gift cards.
Melissa Dewey said customer service is everything to her and Jeff.
“It’s very important to us that our staff interact with people when they come in in a helpful and positive way,” said Jeff Dewey.
The store follows the hours set by the municipal ordinance – 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday to Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday.