This Harrison neighborhood shop could also win the prize for “most likely to remind you of your trip to Brooklyn.” Perhaps that’s because the husband-and-wife team that owns Henry & Son opened the business after moving to Minnesota from the aforementioned New York borough. You’ll find local beer and spirits, but the focus here is really on the wine. Gretchen Skedsvold and Mark Henry specialize in wines from small, independent producers using sustainable practices. The shop is tucked away near an I-94 overpass, across the street from International Market Square, but wine lovers seeking out bottles you won’t find anywhere else regularly make the trip. And for those just starting to learn about wine, there is a section of 12 bottles under $12 so you can experiment without breaking the bank. The shop hosts frequent tastings, a great (and free) chance to taste some interesting wines and learn more about them. The staff is welcoming and knowledgeable; they’re as happy to talk with neophytes as they are with serious collectors.
Surdyk’s Liquor & Cheese Shop