Owned and operated by the same Houston family since 1962, Spec's is a true destination shopping experience. Spec and Carolynn Jackson began their venture into the liquor business with a small store around 1000 sq. ft. selling pints and half pints of liquor. Over the years they diligently worked to open more locations and expanded to include larger bottles of liquor and then beer. In 1971 their daughter Lindy and son in law John joined the business upon college graduation. John and Lindy learned the business from the ground up and together the four put Spec's into the spotlight of the world. With the introduction of wines in 1974, John Rydman turned everybody's heads with the breadth of wine selection and pricing offered in Houston. John's love of all things wine is at the forefront of our wine departments to this day. Spec's entered the food business with po-boy sandwiches, crackers and cheese in the late '80s because customers asked and we responded. We haven't stopped since! In 1995, the business grew once more with the addition of third generation family member Lisa Rydman-Key. She and her husband, Hermen Key, are proud to be a part of such a fantastic history of family business.
Today we have over 70 locations all over the great state of Texas. We proudly serve the communities of Houston, Beaumont, Austin, Galveston, Victoria, Temple, San Antonio, Corpus Christi and Bryan-College Station. We offer the best selection of wines, spirits, beers, liqueurs, cigars and in our larger stores, fine gourmet foods.
The Warehouse Store in downtown Houston is the crown jewel of our operation. With over 40,000 labels, Spec's indeed fills all 80,000 sq. feet of selling space. Our walk-in humidor offers over 900 cigars- more than many tobacconist shops. Our deli offers the finest in deli meats, pates, domestic and imported cheeses, fresh caviar, and a complete assortment of domestic and imported smoked fish and salmon, not to mention our made-to-order sandwiches, salad bar, fresh baked breads, party trays and so much more! We roast our own coffee beans and offer over 100 different coffees. We have teas from around the world and all the necessary accompaniments.
We also offer a huge selection of glassware, decanters, barware, gift bags, refrigerators-you name it. You have to see it to believe it!
• Wine consultants to answer any questions or help you find wines for any event. Many of our consultants also offer event planning, including speaking at events. • Party planning services- you tell us the details and we'll make sure your party is a hit. • Custom Gift baskets for pick up or delivery. • Wine Cellar Assessment- If you have a wine cellar, you know the importance of keeping it insured at current market value. Provide us with a list and we would be happy to help with a current valuation. • Sign up for our weekly emails to keep up on all things Spec's
At SPEC's we know wine. All of our wine specialists are intimately familiar with the special qualites of the wines we stock. And that is no small accomplishment since we stock more quality wines that any store we know of. Bordeaux, Burgundy, Port and Wines from over thirty countries and regions.
Specialty items abound, with caviar, specialty cheeses from around the world, fantastic selection of olive oils, custom blended coffees and many other hard to find items. Great sandwiches and salads and yes CHOCOLATE, CHOCOLATE, CHOCOLATE!
Around the holidays people in Houston know that SPEC'S is a great place to get a fantastic gift basket filled with anything you could imagine. But any time of the year is a good time to browse our store for unique gift items, Reidell glassware and some items not found anywhere else in College Station!
IMPORTANT NOTICE: By law you must be at least 21 years of age or older to consume or purchase alcoholic beverages.