Welcome to Jacob Liquor, the largest retail liquor store in Wichita, Kansas. We are locally owned and our family has been in business for more than 41 years, founded by Tom Jacob. We pride ourselves on exceptional customer service and product selection. Our friendly, professional, and knowledgeable staff can assist you with any of your alcoholic beverage needs. You will find everything from fine wines, unique craft beer and local selections from your favorite wineries, breweries, and distilleries, making this the perfect stop for any special occasion.
Tom Jacob was an architect who had studied at Kansas State University and excelled in drawing. In the late 1970s, he decided, “I’m going to buy a liquor store.” In the early days of the business, he operated out of an old gas station building before moving to 3049 N. Rock Road, and 10221 W. 21st St. N.
Jacob’s store has the best wine and spirits selection in town, said Guy Bower, whose wine-focused talk show, “The Good Life” on KNSS radio, has been sponsored by Jacob since the mid 1990s.
Most of the time, he was back in his office at the Rock Road store, keeping things in order. He hired people he could rely on — including longtime manager April Wilson-Snow and well-known wine director Jamie Stratton, both have worked for Jacob for 21 years.
“His vision and passion for bringing great wine to Wichita and Kansas was unmatched by any retailer,” Stratton said. “His charitable nature was felt by many in the community. He gave out of true altruism.”
Jacob was willing to speak publicly when something was important to him, though, and over the years, he spoke on behalf of independent liquor stores to politicians in Wichita, Topeka and Washington, D.C., — and to the media — on topics like Sunday liquor sales, wine shipping laws and the efforts of Uncork Kansas, a group that’s long advocated for full-strength beer, wine and liquor sales in Kansas grocery and convenience stores.
He also joined the Wichita chapter of the American Institute of Wine & Food, said Bower, who founded the local chapter, and Jacob served on its board. He was key in the early success of the Midwest Winefest and helped organizers get discounted wine prices. He also connected them with wineries in California, Washington and Oregon.
Jacob continued to work as an architect while he built his liquor business, but when architecture work became more computerized, he lost interest and focused on the stores.
This store is independently owned & operated in accordance with Kansas Liquor Laws.