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!).
A few years ago, Stan and his wife Alice, left our lovely state and moved to Sequim, Washington and they have been loving living on the Olympic Peninsula with frequent trips back to Durango a few times a year for Stan to keep his feet wet and give Mike and Tamara some much needed breaks from the business.
Special Orders Diva and Field General
Hello! If you skipped over Mike’s bio, I’m the better half 😉 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! I’m here more in the summer months because I have to support my snowboarding habits and at the end of the ’21-’22 ski season, I will have achieved my LIFETIME PASS from Purgatory!
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! Since this was first written, Gavin has been given the task of Spirits Buyer and he has excelled in getting Star the allocations we desire since we are a big boy store. Thank him the next time you pick up that hard-to-acquire liquor of choice!
Automatic Stocking Machine
Nick is our go-to guy. With his degree in making numbers make sense, he does all of our receiving of all the things that come in this building for resale. 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. His people skills get him free stuff- just for asking. Heck, all they can say is no but he rarely hears that. Always level-headed and ready for action, Nick is a true asset to our company and we’d be hard pressed to replace such an amazing human.
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 eye candy with an incredible accent!
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 camaraderie that is both rare and infectious. (Plus, we get these super-secret spy radios!). He specializes in eating cabbage, enjoying Bourbon, a fine cognac, stout beers and zins at home with his lovely wife and furbabies. A new key holder, Evan’s The Man on the Sunday crew and a few other days too.
She’s Evan’s wife and an awesome addition to our list of characters
This only other lady that works at Star has been with us since June of 2020. Obviously, she’s a ride or die for her to come into our fold during the THICK of Covid. She says her specialty here is making lunches happen but she’s also taken over ordering those mixers that we all need for our cocktails. Her favorite thing about working here is the background laughter. (One of my favorites too)! Technically, she was born in Kansas BUT, she’s lived in the Durango/ Bayfield area for quite a while. Her and Evan did some time in the Northwestern US but needed to get out of all that rain and return back to the area. Her favorite thing about living in Durango is that her family is so close. Theresa’s hobbies include playing with her four-legged friends, visiting and bidding high in pinochle, basking in the sun, jumping in the lake and gliding down the mountain. If you need a laugh or a suggestion for fine rums or cognacs, please look for her- she’s the OTHER girl, you know, the one WITHOUT any visible tattoos.
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. Recently, Jason has been promoted to beer buyer and this guy REALLY knows beer. He’s been bringing in SO many new beers each week, we are having trouble stocking them in the cold box but just ask him, he might have already ordered it and is waiting on space to serve it cold. If you have any obscure beer questions, please ask him. If he doesn’t know about it, he’ll look into if we can get it. We special order all the time and we are happy to look into getting your favorite beers in your hands. Obviously we can’t carry every beer on the planet but with Jason’s help, we are at least buying most that are available in Colorado!
Paul (Road Rash)
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. 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!
Hard to tell where he’s from because of his accent!
Matt has worked at Star since the end of August 2020. He told me his specialty here is ‘wine deputy’ but for someone that doesn’t drink wine, we aren’t quite sure what that means.
His favorite thing about working here is all the doggos that he gets to hang out with and he’s definitely one of Bubbles’ favorites. He claims to be from Lakewood, Colorado but his accent sounds like he grew up in The South. With no clear explanation as to how he has a Southern draw, your guess is as good as any.
Matt when to and graduated from Colorado University- Boulder where he got a degree in Ecology. He ended up working with the Forest Service which brought him to Durango and he apparently liked it so much, he stayed. His favorite thing about Durango is the access to the outdoors where he likes to spend his free time riding motorcycles, backpacking, hiking, snowboarding and taking pictures. This is his first job in the liquor business, but in his past life (BS: Before Star) he has been a mechanic and he’s worked in big and small outdoor gear retailers.
FUN FACT: Matt rode a small motorcycle over 1000 miles through Vietnam after he graduated from college.
If you need something off the top shelf, he’s your guy, since he’s the tallest in most rooms but he’s also quick to help out anyway he can.
Self-proclaimed by the name of Country ‘cuz he’s from Beaumont, Texas! This is the second time Brian has worked for Star but this stint started in May of 2021. His specialty here is Retail Counter Karaoke which can be evoked by just asking. We even have a fancy wireless microphone behind the counter in case the urge should arise.
Brian’s favorite thing about working here is the people and the atmosphere. He’s from Texas but he’s been in Durango for 20 years and has a little girl that him and his wife Ashley made a few years ago. His love of the outdoors keep him in Durango along with the new horse him and his wife got last year. His hobbies include horseback riding (YeeHaw), extreme ironing, and cockroach fighting. Brian likes to drink bourbon, IPA’s, stouts, gin and red wine. Next time you are by our way, say Howdy to this real nice, country guy and see if his Karaoke skills are up to par!
Not the newest newbie but still a newbie. Rob started working for Star way back in November of 2021. He’s still counting the months on one hand. His specialty here is beer can corking and cardboard sculpting. Rob agrees with Brian that his favorite thing about working here is the the staff. His words: They be cool. Also our cool customers too. They keep us hoppin’ and smilin’!
Rob’s from Idaho originally and yes, he super likes potatoes. (Not sure if this is paid endorsement or he really loves potatoes but we’ll take his word- this time) 😉 He’s lived in Durango for 5 years now and my how the time has flown! His favorite things about Durango are the really great bowling alleys and going to three different grocery stores to find what you need. Also a big fan of bump-outs and of course, that DOGS RULE!
Rob’s hobbies include competitive turkey calling, team cow tipping, skiing, mountain biking and good ol’ hiking too. His favorite beverage? Coffee and coming in a close second? Coffee. He’s a self-proclaimed beer drinker; lagers, and some pales. Tequila and whiskey are up his alley too and he can make a pretty killer shaken margarita… well after two, you’d probably agree. Rob’s the soft spoken gentleman behind the counter that’s quick to help in any way he can whether it be for the store or for our customers. Say hi the next time you are in- he’s most likely the guy helping you to your vehicle and will have a smile to boot.
Toby~ The Newest Member of our Family
Toby started here at the beginning of November 2021. He says his specialty is Bottle Jockey but he’s turning out to fit right in and he won’t be just a jockey for too long! He’s from Oklahoma and I just found out an interesting fact about him: he’s NEVER been on a plane and has only been to an airport a couple of times!
Toby has lived in Durango for 20 years and he’s got an identical twin that works at one of our local banks so if you see a guy behind the counter there, you aren’t crazy, it’s not Toby~ his name is Tyler. His hobbies include riding 2-wheeled vehicles and his favorite beverage is Princess Yum Yum and since he said he really likes the people that work here, we won’t give him TOO much of a hard time for liking a brew dubbed ‘Princess Yum Yum’ 😉
Stop in and say hI to him on your next trip by.