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B-21 a Tarpon Springs Gem

The business has been around since 1948, but the name didn't make its debut in Tarpon Springs until 1966.

As the business' last standing store, the Tarpon Springs location of B-21 Wine Company is modern with old school flair. 

Its exterior is pretty simple, but beyond the front doors lies a 10,000-square-foot warehouse filled to the brim with exotic wines and spirits. Some shipments are exclusive to B-21 Wine Company and cannot be bought at other retailers in the area.

According to B-21's website, the first store was built in Dunedin in 1960 after owners, the Frassrands migrated south post-retirement.

In 1964 a second store was opened in Largo and in 1966 a third launched in Tarpon Springs.

By 1970, the Tarpon Springs location was considered headquarters for the Frassrands, according to B-21 online.

A grandson of the original owner, Bob Sprentall joined the family business after completing college. With Sprentall's education and his father's business experience, the company found unprecedented success.

The website states,

"Business boomed and by 1983 with sales over six million dollars B-21 became the highest dollar volume wine and spirits store in Florida and has continued to grow."

B-21 Wine Company's accomplishments continued. 

They were placed as one of the top 10 retailers in the U.S. by Market Watch Magazine.

So, what's with the name?

If you didn't figure it out already, guests must "be 21" to purchase goods from the local shop.

Customers are able to search B-21's inventory online and browse thousands of fine wines and spirits.

B-21 hosts a number of events each month and folks can stay in the know by checking their website for updates.

More information on B-21 Wine Company
Address: 43380 U.S. Hwy. 19

Phone: 727-937-5049

Hours: Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. until 9 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. until 9 p.m.

Rachel Jolley March 06, 2013 at 05:40 PM
I stopped by a few days ago and this place has an inventory like no other!
Denise Mannino March 07, 2013 at 02:15 AM
Very cool! I'm glad to understand the name! They do have an amazing inventory and great prices.

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