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Readers' Choice: Southbury Package Stores

When you're looking for spirits, where do you go?

This week's Readers' Choice topic is all about the adults. We want to know where you go when you're looking for that perfect bottle of wine, a selection of beer or your favorite spirit. Tell us who gets your vote for best package store in town and why.

Below is a list of package stores we have registered in our continuously updated Southbury Patch Places directory. Click on any of them to get to a page dedicated to that liquor store and to rate and review it.

Please also tell us in the comment thread if any package stores are missing from the list and why they're the best—we'll add them to the poll and create a new Patch Places listing for them. If you own a liquor store in town, you can "claim" your free business listing or even become a small business blogger on Southbury Patch!

Voting in the poll below is open until 9 a.m. Friday. We will announce the winner at 12 p.m. Friday. Since the poll isn't scientific, it's not the sole determinant of a Readers' Choice winner. Our local editor will determine winner based on a point system in which poll results and ratings are considered equally. Only the top three finishers will receive points. In the event of a tie, the editor will determine the winner based on which business has the highest combined number of positive comments and positive reviews on its directory listings. See our rules in the attached PDF for more information. 

Rob April 16, 2012 at 01:46 PM
Warehouse Wines and Liquors in the Green is missing and gets my vote!
Webster April 16, 2012 at 01:47 PM
How about NONE of the Above. Why isn't Warehouse Liquors in the Southbury Green Plaza on this list ???? This store is immensely popular and offers the best selection and cheapest prices in town. Plus, its easy to get to, park and get out of. Service is good and beer is plentiful and cold. Kind of shocked that you offer only smaller more expensive stores in your survey...
Daniel DeBlasio (Editor) April 16, 2012 at 02:12 PM
Rob & Webster, thank you for your suggestions. Warehouse Wines and Liquors has been added to the poll.
MaryAnn Benevenuto April 16, 2012 at 02:42 PM
Your points are well-taken regarding prices and parking. However, service is an important element. I find the people that work at Warehouse a bit rough around the edges and not customer oriented. If I buy two cases of wine, I expect the staff to offer to carry the cases to my car. Lake Package is terrific - the owner is local and is a member of SBA
Glenn Heckendorf April 16, 2012 at 05:46 PM
We support locally owned businesses and especially like Lake Wine & Spirits. They especially have a great selection of wines with very a knowledgeable and helpful staff.
Rob April 16, 2012 at 06:48 PM
Were price a non-issue, I agree, service is a key factor in any purchasing decision. However, in this economy if I am saving $1 or more per bottle and getting a 10% case discount on top of that, I'll suck it up and pull the car up to the store and carry a case out myself. Furthermore, I find it hard to believe any of the guys at Warehouse Liquors would turn down a request for "carry out", ESPECIALLY from a female patron, if asked - so the question remains, did you bother to ask? Not everyone is a mind reader, nor does every woman find chivalry laudable - next time, ask and you shall receive (assuming, that is, they haven't taken offense to your having called "rough around the edges")
Webster April 16, 2012 at 07:00 PM
I never had any issue with service at Warehouse Liquors so I'm not sure with the "rough around the edges" analogy. The prices are significantly lower than any of the other choices mentioned above and if you ask them to carry out items to the car, they will and have done so for me. They can't read your mind so ASK and Ye shall receive...
MaryKate April 17, 2012 at 11:33 AM
I mix it up...I don't go often, but I do know that at Warehouse they are very friendly as well and not only have offered help, they have shopping carts, so you really do not need someone to carry them for you.
Maureen Q Nichols April 19, 2012 at 04:13 PM
Warehouse Wine and Liquors is my choice and they always carry my purchase to my car. I simply ask at the register and then either pull my car up to the door or the cheerfully carry it to my car in the parking lot.
linds April 19, 2012 at 08:25 PM
looks like the employees at lake are huge fans of lake package!
Gary April 19, 2012 at 11:31 PM
No comparison for selection or price, warehouse liquor.
Webster April 22, 2012 at 04:21 PM
Seems like no matter how many folks point to Warehhouse Liquors as having the best selection and prices in Southbury, The Patch is going to promote Lake Wine and Spirits. Can't help thinking that there seems to be some underlying bias here against Warehouse Liquors or perhaps the "authors" have some type of "interest" in Lake Wine and Spirits...
Daniel DeBlasio (Editor) April 22, 2012 at 04:54 PM
Hi Webster, thank you for your comment. As we've been doing every week since the inception of Readers' Choice, the winning business is selected by poll votes from Southbury Patch users. No "underlying bias" or "interest", just a poll. I encourage you to visit our Reader's Choice topic page to view past competitions.
Rob April 22, 2012 at 06:54 PM
Nah... don't think anything covert regarding the authors occurred; what I DO believe is that certain someone(s) "filled" the "ballot box" in their favor - the Patch "polling" process is most definitely flawed as it allows anyone to "vote" innumerable times. The number of votes generated in Lake Wine & Spirit's favor certainly cannot be supported by the "traffic" at the store - I rarely see more than 2 of the 6 or so parking spots occupied at any one time... while I shop at Warehouse for their pricing, I have to say, of all the stores in the running, Lake Wine is definitely the store with the best curb appeal :)
Webster April 22, 2012 at 10:53 PM
@ Dan- agreed. However, I tend to agree with Rob. The voting format is flawed and if you're going to continue to use on line voting, precautions need to be taken so that individuals are limited to one vote per person. Otherwise, ballot box stuffing will continue and the Patch polls will have little to no value.
Gary April 22, 2012 at 11:10 PM
Warehouse wasn't on the list from the start, so Lake jumped to an early lead.
kris April 23, 2012 at 11:07 PM
I can promise everyone that the employees at Lake had NO IDEA this poll was even happening. The people of Southbury have chosen their favorite wine and liquor store from the original poll and that is that.
Rob April 24, 2012 at 01:47 PM
...and until someone can correct the present flaw and validate that only ONE vote per individual polled applies (and we know for FACT it DOESN'T), ALL Patch informal polls will be just that - INFORMAL and specifically "on your honor"... Unfortunately with human nature what it is, I will continue to think of these polls as I do those in China, Russia and most of the African continent... breach-able and highly suspect. And, "that is THAT".
Tim Smith April 24, 2012 at 02:00 PM
only 189 people voted in this survey. I wouldn't say that's convincing enough a number to say the people of Southbury chose Lake as the favored store. Clearly not enough people knew about this survey and it holds little value.
Maureen Q Nichols April 24, 2012 at 02:25 PM
The polls are a nice idea and fun, but I agree with Roband Webster that the voting process is fately flawed. Unfortunately that leads to numerous (and frequently rude and insulting) discussions. Dan, I really enjoy the Patch, but feel that unless you can institute a one vote/one reader restriction, this feature distracts from the quality of the Patch. Please, let' s all agree to put the "favorite package store" survey behind us and work towards fixing the flaw before conducting future "favorite" surveys. .
Chwebs April 26, 2012 at 01:38 AM
Cutest Employee #Warehouse
Rachel August 27, 2012 at 05:12 PM
Who is the cutest employee at warehouse? ;)

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