Spec's has opened its first San Antonio area store. It's housed in a former Circuit City space at 14623 I-35 N., across from the Forum.
After a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday afternoon, guests wandered through the 22,a000-square-foot store to check out the vast wine, beer and spirits selection as well as the gourmet sundries in stock.
The wines ranged from six different Ridge Zinfandels to assorted Proseccos, Burgundies, Bordeaux and a large selection of Texas wines. The beer selection caters to both those looking for a six-pack to those in search of one of Bear Republic's selections or Van Twee from Belgium.
In the spirits aisles, everything from Maker's Mark to several varieties of Brazilian cachaça and an array of absinthes.
The food department features a display of fresh olives, roasted red peppers, and pickled onions. Cheeses, patés and salami are nearby.
Looking for an unusual oil? The selection includes those made from apricot kernels, pumpkinseed, ginger and more. The salt section has several varieties of Bacon Salt, while the seafood section offers nine styles of anchovies.
The coffee area features many organic, fair-trade varieties, while the candy section showcases some hard-to-find favorites (Charleston Chews, Chuckles, Fizzies Drink Tablets) as well as Red Stones, GuyLian and New Tree chocolates.
This is the 69th Spec's in Texas, owner John Rydman said. More are planned for the San Antonio area, but nothing is imminent, he added.
The store is open 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Call (210) 651-1911.