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. 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, traveling, 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!).
Special Orders Diva and Field General
Hello! I moved to Durango in 2001 and love it here! I’ve lived a LOT of poopy places and this ain’t one! My hobbies include snowboarding, paddleboarding, collecting unicorn tears [ SO HARD! ] & breaking balls. My favorite drinks are GREAT tequila & high octane IPA’s & oh! of course- BUBBLES! (the sparkling variety and the Furkid!) A few things that you might not know about me: I love watching BAD reality t.v.- just to see all the awesome stuff… (it WAS my dirty little secret) 🙂 If tequila is your jam, come find me– most agave products cross these lips before hitting the shelves. ( just to make sure they aren’t poisonous for our customers)! I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in Ceramics. Meditation has CHANGED MY LIFE. Lastly, I’m a well- documented badass– able to outride people half my age… and make it look easy. You’re welcome!
What up? My name is Thomas Lee. Somehow with such an easy name, NO ONE can remember it! I often joke with my friends about how long ago I moved here from Connecticut, but I know I have worked for Stan for almost six years. I hate it here. The mountains, the slew of sunny days and the friendly people. I enjoy movies, drawing, computers, technology and snowboarding. “What do you mean you don’t have ice, I have to drink this coffee hot”? I have a Golden Retriever named Shea, and, if I am not in the building, I am most likely with her. I am also a HUGE Mets fan, and LOVE live music. Stan made me the Beer Manager about 2 years ago, but I still consider myself a member of the Night Crew. I am at the store until Bodrug tells me to go home. IPA’s, Barrel Aged Beer, Fine Tequila, Top Shelf Bourbon, and well Blended Reds are my top five. Come see me at the shop and talk about how our tastes compare and contrast. I love my job, and my job is conversing about Beer, Wine & Booze.
Booze Tower Builder
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. He likes a good Stout, IPA, Scottish Ale, Bourbon and some Chartreuse from time to time. Gavin is not a wine enthusiast, he feels it smells and tastes like something you should pour on a salad. If you need some SOLID bourbon/ whiskey/ or scotch advice– he’s your man!
Automatic Stocking Machine
Nick is our go-to guy. Always good for a laugh and a smile. If it needs doing, just ask Nick and he will make it happen. He’s not only a great guy and lead, but he is fun at parties too. When he is not at Star, being a Star, you can catch him up at Purg shredding– really, 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.
Resident Brazilian, Photographic Memory Guy, and now our Go-To- Wine Man!
Natan (like NATHAN without the ‘H’) His full name is Natan Montibeller Cavalca- so fancy! He’s worked at Star two different times. We fell in love at first sight and after 5 months, he went and toured the world with his wife and a program called Up With People. Thankfully, he missed us enough and came back. Self proclaimed ‘wine nerd’ he’s taken the position as wine buyer/ inventory manager. His favorite thing about working at Star is the people he works with: they always have his back and are good for a laugh. Having lived in Durango since 2012, his favorite things about Durango are the awesome restaurants and the outdoors. In his off time, he enjoys beating Nick at video games, cycling, golf, pickleball, tennis, ping pong and soccer. His top favorite beverages are any wines from Alsace, France, cabernets from Oakville, CA, Fortaleza tequila, Law’s whiskey from Colorado and Fenceline Ciders- also from Colorado. If you are looking for the perfect wine to accommodate your special meal or are just looking for something you haven’t tried, look for him hanging out in the wine section. He’s the guy you’ll see smiling with his eyes- since you can’t see his face, ya know, masks!
Mr. Fix It!
Evan is fortunate enough to be a Colorado native. He was raised in Bayfield where he grew to love the Great Outdoors. Most of his free time is spent fishing, backpacking, kayaking or skiing. After getting married in 1998, he and his wife foolishly (his words) moved to Washington state. Thirteen rainy years later, they returned home to dry out. Evan has been with Star since July of 2017 and we are thankful! He said he didn’t know what to expect working here but quickly found a sense of comradery that is both rare and infectious. (Plus, we get these super-secret spy radios!). He specializes in eating cabbage, enjoying Bourbon, stout beers and zins at home with his lovely wife and furbabies.
(depends on when you met him- what you call him)
Barry’s been with Star since February of 2017. In the summertime, you can find him making all the greens pretty up at Dalton Golf Course. Catch up to him on his tractor-if you can. He and Tamara have been giving each other jobs for so many years now; starting at Purgatory a long time ago and now they are reunited. Carmine is the guy that comes in at night and leaves under the cover of darkness. Originally from Long Beach, New York, he’s been living in Durango for almost 40 years. His favorite thing about Durango is the people. His specialty here is giving great customer service and seeing friends from his tenure at Purg as well as making new ones. His hobbies include photography, making lamps out of liquor bottles, cooking, skiing and surfing his Kubota. He doesn’t have a multitude of favorite beverages- just Old No. 7 – that’s Jack Daniel’s if you aren’t in the know.
also known as ‘Pookie’
Bryan’s worked at Star since July of 2018. His specialties include throwing boxed wines and making sure Durango gets all the ice! His favorite thing about working here is that he thinks everyone is so kind, it’s a great environment and he gets to work with his bestie, Gavin. Hailing from Fairbanks, Alaska, he’s lived in Durango for 16 years. His hobbies include advocating for his son Adam-who has Down’s Syndrome, playing hockey, fishing, RUNNING, exploring and trying new foods. He excels at being a great dad to both Adam and Zach. His go-to beverages include Redbreast Irish whiskey, hard ciders and hard kombucha. With his laser- focus, he’s sure to make you smile- you just might have to get his attention!
Hails from The Big Easy
‘The Big Easy’ is New Orleans in case you didn’t know. Jason started working at Star in September 2019. He’s worked for most of the liquor stores around, it just took him a minute to work with the best! He prides himself on perfecting the driest sense of humor. He’s lived in Durango for 17 years and loves the proximity to a bakery (Bread) across the street. Jason really enjoys the underground jazz scene in Durango and LOVES HIS COFFEE! Jason found himself a life partner and now he spends his time playing legos with his two year old that he shares with said partner. He enjoys Old Rasputin Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing. His extensive knowledge of beers and his tenure in the booze biz makes him an amazing fit for our wacky crew. If you are looking for a joke or advise, come find this guy and he’ll get you set up.
Paul (Road Rash)
Not the newest guy at Star, but still a new guy
Paul’s worked here since mid June-ish 2020. His specialty is smiles and friendly greetings! Paul is originally from Central Wisconsin but has been in Durango about a year. His favorite thing about Durango is the gracious and welcoming community and his favorite about working at Star is the positive attitudes and great coworkers (i swear i didn’t pay him to say that!). When Paul’s not at Star, he enjoys hiking, road and mountain biking and all around adventuring. He likes his liquors cold- margaritas, Long Island Iced Teas and his wine-hot and mulled. With a pallet as diverse as his, ask him for some of his favorites and I bet it depends on his mood and the weather what he’s into at that moment. Say HI next time you stop by. He’s probably the guy that says hello to you when you enter the building.
because most people can’t pronounce his last name
Jon started working here in July of 2020 so he’s the real ‘new guy’. Since he’s SO new, he doesn’t have a specialty just yet, he just happens to be the youngest one in the building. He has a degree in Fermentation Science which most of us still have to ask him what that means. His favorite thing about working at Star is seeing all the new brands of everything and of course, Bubbles! Jon was born in Indiana but has lived in Durango since 2003. His favorite thing about Durango is the Animas River and the many waterfalls you can access around the area. Oh yeah, he’s also an avid videogamer. He likes Helles Lager for his beer preference, vodka as his liquor and sparkling for his wines. Know wonder he likes our resident D.O.G. He’s pretty quiet but he’s a nice change from all our big, loud personas we endure. He’s fitting in here just fine!