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Winner: Best Liquor Store 2017

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The newest and largest Happy Harry's Bottle Shops store located at 4001 53rd Avenue South in Fargo is built with a barn and grain bin design. Dave Wallis / The Forum2 / 2

Winner: Happy Harry's Bottle Shops

Location: 1125 19th Ave. N., Fargo; 1621 45th St. S.W., Fargo, and 4001 53rd Ave. S., Fargo

What's your reaction to winning?

"It is humbling to win," said Dustin Mitzel, CEO of Happy Harry's. "We are so appreciative for all of the customers that shop with us and took time to vote. Our team always strives to be better and never take things for granted. We are 100% employee-owned, so it is important to all of us to work on all the business details so our customers feel good about their experience with us."

What sets you apart from your competitors?

"We travel extensively to distilleries, breweries and wineries all over the country and the world. We want to expand our knowledge and find products to bring back to our stores and share with our staff and customers. Team members traveled to Kentucky this year and toured several distilleries, picking out 7 barrels of bourbon for our customers to enjoy," Mitzel said.

What cocktail do you most often recommend?

"There are so many fun things to recommend for our customers," Mitzel said. "Building cocktails from scratch is the current hottest trend in the country. Building drinks with multiple layers of flavors or making simple drinks with proper techniques will never fail.

Second Place: Bottle Barn Wine & Liquors

Third Place: Cash Wise Liquor

Tracy Briggs

Tracy Briggs is a former TV anchor/radio host currently working as a features writer and video host for Forum Communications.

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