Developers were busy during 2015 shooting for a Fall opening for a new, upscale 5,025-square-foot liquor store at 1850 59th Ave. in Greeley, just north of the Highland Park Lanes bowling alley. By Thanksgiving the doors were open and things were in full swing!

Architect-designed by Gene Leach of Leach Design, the store clearly is the product of a lot of thought. Wide aisles, bright, clean, accessible and with wines properly cellared and displayed in wine racks. Some guests have said that they felt like they were back visiting the elegant wineries in the Napa Valley. Others feel as if they are in Aspen.

Darrel Hauer of Timberwolf Construction, the general contractor on the project, owns and operates the store. Enter the store and you are likely to get a big "Hello!" from Darrel or from his red-haired and ever ebullient wife, Angela. At times the place feels more like "Cheers" than a store. Frequent patrons are treated more like "friends of the family" rather than "regulars."

Darrel will tell you that the move to operate the liquor store marks a career shift for him. But, he's ready and loving the transition. He was born and raised in Greeley and is glad to be back in his hometown. Apparently, Greeley is glad to have him back if the steady stream of old friends is any indication.

Architect Leach describes the store as "state of the art." The store includes about 1,000 square feet of cooler space (and a walk-in "Beer Cave"). "I don't believe there's a store like it in Greeley." "It's designed to be a very attractive store inside; a very welcoming and warm store."

Darrel likes the location of the store on 59th Avenue for its position between Highway 34 and the Highway 34 business loop. "I think we've got a great location here."

Easy access, plenty of parking and a drive through window. Service from a bright, knowledgeable, energetic and very welcoming staff. Good reasons to come by!!