As you can imagine business for the first liquor store in Bowie is booming. It opened two weeks ago and the owners says many of their customers are buying in bulk and have already become regulars.
Meet three of Bowie's newest residents, Jim, Jack, and Jose. Since the liquor proposition passed last November these three and their friends are making themselves at home here in bowie.
"After the election passed we were in the process of getting a liquor license which took quiet a while, but after that everything just kind of fell in line and we've been fantastic business," said Susie Duke, Island Time Liquor Co-Owner.
Duke says business is so good,she and her husband are having a hard time keeping the shelves full because Alan Rice and other residents are stocking up.
"I think it's about time. All the taxes have been going out of the town. And I've been having to drive to Nocona and Decatur and then Wichita and that's foolish," said Bowie resident Alan Rice.
30 years ago if you would have walked in to the store you would have seen it as a beauty salon. But now it's Island Time Liquor providing folks with a little Southern comfort.
"It had been a joke for a while and we both wanted a change from what we were doing so we thought we'd go for a liquor store and it's been good," said Truman Duke, Island Time Liquor Co-Owner.
But there's another benefit to legalizing alcohol sales.
"It's keeping the money in Bowie and also helping the people in the town save gas cause they don't have to go to Nocona or wherever to buy their liquor," said Susie Duke.
Many in the store said the economic impact was the main reason they voted for the proposition, since many chain restaurants consider alcohol sale when deciding on a new location.
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