Owner, Wine Specialist

Since the very beginning (1984), Stan has run the show at Star Liquors. From it’s origination as a convenience store’s sister business to it’s current 9,000 square feet of glory, he was there every step of the way. And Stan’s pride in the business is evident in our well-developed and extensive wine selection, the top-notch staff we have worked to build and the customers who leave satisfied each day.

Having honed his wine knowledge over 25 years of studying, travelling and tasting nearly 25,000 wines, Stan’s passion for vino rests on solid foundation. His goal to thrill each customer is met with surprising regularity, so it’s no wonder he still serves some of the same clients today as he did in that first store several decades ago.

Originally from South Bend, Indiana, Stan lived in Ohio until May of 1978 when he moved to sunny, beautiful Durango. He loves the people in this mountain town perhaps as much as he loves running, hunting and golfing in it. Stan is always happy to support local charitable organizations and sponsor community events around Durango.

When he’s not at work or playing outdoors, Stan enjoys cooking, savoring great wine at home, reading and catching up on sports (Go Ohio State! Go Broncos!).



Operations Manager




Trainer, Special Order Diva and Field General

Tamara hails from the East Coast and has been with Star since 2009.  Tamara loves the changing seasons here in Colorado, especially winter when you can see her tearing it up on her snowboard at DMR.  Always working hard and keeping everyone on the straight and narrow Tamara is a huge part of what makes Star a great place to shop and work!  Her favorite drinks are Champagne, whisky and tequila.


Thomas Lee

NIght Manager

What up?  My name is Thomas Lee.  I moved to Durango four years ago from Danbury, CT.  I love it here, the mountains are my favorite part.  I also appreciate the multitude of sunny days and the friendly people.  I simply enjoy being outside in Durango.  When I am not working at Star, I enjoy hiking, snowboarding, drawing, computers and technology, and driving my Jeep.  My favorite thing in the world is music and live concerts.  I have quite the collection of ticket stubs.  I am also a huge baseball and New York Mets fan.  If Star Liquors was a baseball team, my postion would be closing pitcher!   If you shop at Star before 1pm, you will not see me.  I am the night closer!  IPA’s, Tequila, Top Shelf Bourbon, Blended Red Wines and Willamette Pinot Noir’s are my favorite drinks.  Ask me and I will put you on a great bottle!


Gavin Walton

Beer Specialist, Handyman

Gavin was born on the planet Krypton. When not at Star he enjoys long walks in the rain, art, riding his bike, skating and staying fit.  His favorite things about working at Star are the people and it’s a lot of fun.  His current favorite drinks are Grand Teton Black Cauldron, Uinta Dubhe, Oskar Blues Ten Fidy, Russian RIver Pliney the Elder, and Noah’s MIll Bourbon.  Gavin is not a wine enthusiast, he feels it smells and tastes like something you should pour on a salad.


Nick Bodrug

Automatic Stocking Machine

When he is not at Star, being a Star, you can see him zipping around town on his (sometimes working) motor bike, or up at Purg shredding.  His favorite drinks are IPA’s  as well as tequila or a full-bodied cabernet.  Nick is a FLC graduate, loves the weather in Durango, and the people.  Always good for a laugh and a smile.


Gerry Schaerer

Wine Specialist

Gerry is a long time Durango resident, you might know him by his popped up collar and the whiff of Old Tymer’s Cafe.  He is a fan of walking his dogs, biking, hiking and travel.  Originally, Gerry was Swiss, but gave up his dual citizenship when he was 18.  Look him up the next time you are in Star and ask him for some wine advice.  He is very good at suggesting the perfect wine!


Brytanny Vetsch


Brytanny is an outdoor enthusiast who enjoys snowboarding and rock climbing.  Down time is spent with a good book or her pet unicorn.  Her claim to fame is eating an entire 72oz steak with all the fixin’s!  Brytanny’s favorite wine is Rose and Blended Reds.  On a side note she’s also a professional “Spearer of Beers”.

Company History

In 1984, Esther and Hayes Crapo and their children, Sue and Stan purchased Huck Finn, a small grocery and liquor store on Florida Road. Stan was in charge of the operation, and after ten successful years, he built a Texaco Convenience Mart and closed the old grocery, keeping the liquor store open. In 1998 Stan moved the 1,000 square foot liquor store to a new 3,000 square foot location across from the Texaco and renamed it Star Liquors. A year later, he added 1,100 square feet to that store, and finally moved in 2008 to our current, spectacular 9,000 square foot location. Throughout Star’s history, it’s owners and operators have focused on diversity of stock, customer satisfaction and employee team building, so far a winning recipe for this friendly neighborhood liquor store and wine destination.