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About Specs Family Partners

About Spec's Family Partners


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 '80's 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. Today we have over 150 locations all over the great state of Texas. We proudly serve the communities of Houston, Beaumont, Austin, Galveston, Victoria, Temple, San Antonio, Corpus Christi, Bryan-College Station, Dallas, Fort Worth, Plano, El Paso, McAllen, Brownsville, Lubbock, Waco, Kerrville and Padre Island. 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!

Another facet to Spec's

  • 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.
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Spec's Awards and Recognition




Spec's has won numerous awards over the years-
  • Houston Symphony Corporate Citizenship Award
  • University of North Texas Distiguished Alumni Award - John and Lindy Rydman
  • Best Liquor Store 9 years running, Houston Press
  • Retailer of the Year, Market Watch Magazine
  • Legends of Houston Award from My Table Magazine
  • Martha Turner Award of Distinction, North Texas Exes Association
  • James V. Leggett, Jr. Humanitarian Award
  • Entrepreneur of the Year Award, Ernst & Young
  • Reader's Choice for Best Liquor Store, Beaumont Enterprise
  • Best Liquor Store, Galveston Daily
  • UT-Most Best Liquor Store, The Daily Texan
  • Wine Retailer of the Year, Wine Enthusiast Magazine
  • Green Glory Service Award, North Texas University
  • Outstanding Leaders Award, Market Watch Magazine
  • Award of Excellence, Texas Association for Symphony Orchestras
  • Best Sandwich, Readers of Austin Chronicle
  • Outstanding Food Retailer, NASFT
  • Best Liquor Store, OutSmart Magazine
  • Best Speciality Foods, OutSmart Magazine
  • Best Merchandising, Marketwatch 2010
  • Reader's Choice Best Wine & Beer Selection, Corpus Christi Caller Times
  • Austin Chronicle Best Liquor Store 2011
  • Corpus Christi Readers' Choice Best Wine Selection 2011
  • Outsmart's Readers' Choice Best Liquor Store 2010-2014
  • Dallas Observer's Readers' Choice Best Wine/Liquor Store 2012-2013
  • Houston Press Best Of Houston, Best Liquor Store (Smith Street) 2000, 2004-2011, 2013
  • Houston Press 100 Best Dishes in Houston, #99 for Texas Turkey Sandwich 2012
  • Houston Press 100 Best Dishes in Houston, #60 for Pate de France 2011
  • Houston Press Best of Houston, Best Cheese Selection (Smith Street) 2001
  • Houston Press Best of Houston, Best Budget Lunch Spot (Smith Street) 2013
  • Houston Press 2nd Best Sommelier in Texas- Luis La Torre 2013
  • Houston Press Top 5 Food Signs in Houston (Store #3 Stella Link) 2010
  • Houston Press Houston's 10 Best Sandwiches - Pate de France 2012
  • Houston Press Houston's 10 Best Pizzas (Honorable Mention #1) Smith Street 2013
  • Austin Chronicle's Best of Austin Readers' Choice - Best Beer/Wine Prices 2007-2012
  • Austin Chronicle's Best of Austin Readers' Choice - Best Liquor Store 2007,2008 2010, 2011
  • Austin Chronicle's Restaurant Poll Critics Choice - Best Under the Radar Burger 2010
  • Austin Chronicle's Restaurant Poll Critics Choice - Best Frito Pie 2009
  • Austin Chronicle's First Plates Award - Bacon Blue Burger 2014
  • Kerrville Daily Times - Readers' Choice - Best Liquor Stop 2013
  • Victoria Advocate - Best of Victoria - Best Wine Store & Best Liquor Store 2010-2013
  • Corpus Christi Caller - Best of Corpus - Wine selection 2010, 2012, 2013
  • Killeen Daily Herald - Readers' Choice - Best Liquor Store 2012-2014
  • Killeen Daily Herald - Readers' Choice - One of the Best Liquor Stores
  • College Station's The Eagle - Readers' Choice - Wine selection, Liquor Store 2014
  • College Station's The Eagle - Readers' Choice Runner up- Tobacco Vape Shop 2014
  • College Station's The Eagle - Readers' Choice - Liquor Store 2010-2013
  • San Antonio Express News - Readers' Choice Gold - Liquor/Wine Store 2013-2014
  • San Antonio Express News - Critics' Choice - Liquor/Wine Store 2013-2014

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