By Michael Buhler
Being the new owners of Conway Springs’ liquor store is a family affair for Shawn Ryan and Ashley Werner.
Ryan and Werner (Ryan’s fiancee), along with Werner’s parents, Daryl and Cindy, recently acquired Main Street Liquor and renamed it Grain Bin Liquor. The store has been open under their ownership since Aug. 22 and Ryan is pleased with how things have gone so far.
“We’re catching on,” Ryan said. “It’s going to take a little while to get things flowing the way they should. But so far, things are going good. Our customers have been happy with the looks and the inventory, so that tells us we’re where we want to be.”
When Ryan and Werner arrived in Conway Springs last year, they were not planning to open a business. But then an opportunity arose.
“Ashley and I came to town in February 2012,” Ryan said. “At the time, I was working for the electric company and a position opened up here. We saw a ‘For Sale’ sign in the window of the liquor store and we kicked around the idea of buying it, but decided against it at that time. But, when it closed we decided to take a shot at it. We talked to her parents about the store and they wanted to as well.”
With running the business still new to Ryan and the Werners, they are quite open to customer input.
“We’re all very new to operating a liquor store,” Ryan said. “We’re always taking requests and ideas to make things go smoother.”
Grain Bin Liquor is located at 121 W. Spring Ave. and is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
“We just basically want to be here,” Ryan said. “We want it to be a business that’s going be able to be here for a long time.”