Residents of Roosevelt Row and the surrounding neighborhood will soon have their own beer and wine shop when Flowers Beer & Wine, located on the southeast corner of Roosevelt and Fifth streets, opens its doors in the first week of September.
The bottle shop is the project of Roosevelt entrepreneur and Jobot owner John Sagasta and partner Mike Cosentino. It's named for the florist who occupied the space from the late 1940s through 2004, Arizona Flower Shop.
Sagasta and Cosentino set out to open their own beer and wine shop after growing tired of having to drive long distances for bottles of craft beer. With beers coming from local breweries as well as national names such as Green Flash, Ballast Point, and Bells, Flowers Beer & Wine hopes to appeal to craft beer enthusiasts and fill a gap in the Roosevelt neighborhood
Flowers will fill growlers to go from an array of brews on tap. Though there are only six taps currently installed, Sagasta and Cosentino hope to fill the length of the west wall of the shop with additional taps. During a soft open that took place during August's First Friday, the duo says they sold nearly 30 growlers to customers and even had some return for refills.
Wine also will be available at Flowers, with local labels including Fire Mountain and Pillsbury leading the pack. Inventory will continue to grow and change once the shop opens its doors this fall.
Cosentino says he hopes to create a space that's approachable to people of all appreciation levels of craft beer and wine. Flowers will sell home-brewing and wine-making kits from Brewer's Connection and will host classes by beverage professionals, including brewers from local Four Peaks and Mike Hess Brewing in San Diego. After the shop's opening, the owners promise that Flowers will have help from some of the Valley's best-known beer aficionados adding to the atmosphere of education and learning.
Both owners hope customers will come in to talk about beer and wine.
"We'll talk about beer all day," Cosentino says.
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Long-term plans for Flowers Beer & Wine include the addition of a deli that will offer beer pairing recommendations, as well as flowers for sale provided by the previous tenants.