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behind the counter | 2012 15 Tony Vander Wood R unning a small business isn’t always a walk Buzz is this homegrown success comes from a mix in the park, but Tony Vander Wood takes of friendly, knowledgeable service and extremely it all in stride. Despite challenges aplenty competitive prices. Extensive selection causes from national competitors, his local pack- quite a stir, too—Tony’s shelves are stocked full of age stores continue to thrive, keeping him—and his traditional tastes along with up-to-the-moment customers—in high spirits. trends such as flavored vodkas and alcohol- 1618 Augusta Road, Greenville With trademark good cheer, Tony pours himself infused whipped cream. 864.235.0446 into the company he founded—no joke—on April A Greenville native, Tony graduated from Wade 3715 E. North Street, Greenville Fools Day in 1990. While liquor is serious business, 864.244.3844 Hampton High School and the University of South and competition is stiff, Tony’s consistently Carolina. He is the proud father of three beautiful 1318 Stallings Road, Greenville maintains supercall status as Greenville’s package 864.322.6274 store of choice. Along with individual sales at daughters, ages 14, 12 and 7. When there’s time to sit back and relax, Tony’s drink of choice is Monday-Saturday 9am-7pm three hopping locations—Augusta Road, Stallings Road and East North Street—Tony’s is the largest Fireball Cinnamon Whisky. restaurant and bar supplier in the Upstate. Liquor Stores Photograph by: Carol Stewart