The full-time staff at Thomas Liquors is a veteran crew of industry experts that have a combined  experience of over 70 years.  Our part-time staff is a rotating band of enthusiastic personalities that keep the wheels greased at this fast paced shop.  Chances are, they are your neighbor, you share a class with them or you've bumped into them before, either way:  get to know them, they are some of the nicest people in the neighborhood.


Mike Thomas

Mike is the backbone of the shop in more ways than one.  Born and raised in Saint Paul, Mike has been a constant figure at the shop and is the 3rd generation owner of this storied Saint Paul establishment.  When Mike is not in the shop (which is a rare occasion!) you can find him either on the golf course, walking his dog Bernie, or sharing a glass of wine with friends and family. 


Peter Vars

Our store manager, and specialty wine buyer, started working at Thomas Liquors in 2007.  Peter has completed his certified sommelier studies with the Court of Master Sommeliers, The International Sommelier Guild and The Wine and Spirits Education Trust (Advanced).  More importantly, Peter is very passionate about sharing his interests in wine, food and travel with anyone willing to listen.  You can usually find him in the shop, atlas in hand, planning his next trip to a vineyard far away. Recently named “Most Trusted Retail Wine Consultant” 2018 Twin Cities Wine Awards.


Joe 'Fitty' Fitzpatrick

Our beer manager Fitty is a longtime St. Paul neighborhood kid. He's been a  friend of the Thomas family since childhood.  After working for a beer distributor, Fitty took the beer manager position at Thomas Liquors in fall of 1998. When he's not in the shop, he's in France or Belgium, discovering the latest trendy beverage. Ask him what his favorite beer in the shop is and you're sure to get a different answer every month. 



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