WIGGINS, MS (WLOX) - Whiskey in Wiggins is now a reality, as the city welcomes its first liquor store since Stone County voters passed a referendum to lift prohibition.
Gin, vodka, bourbon, and rum are among the adult beverages customers can now buy, and customers are expressing their excitement.
Rebecca and Rocky White bought the former Dizzy Dean Museum building on Central Avenue last June. when Stone County voters approved a referendum to make the county wet five months later, the couple knew exactly how to move forward with their investment.
On April 18, the Whites opened Twenty-One Liquor and Wine.
"It's actually an honor being the first one, it actually feels pretty good. Everybody's coming in saying welcome," said Rebecca.
"It's definitely more convenient than having to go to the coast to get it, Harrison County. Shorter drive for everybody and hopefully, it'll cut back on expenses for everybody and keep more money here in the county," said Stone County Resident Brent Moran.
Several customers who came into the store Wednesday were from out of town.
"I'm happy, I'm excited. I'm on my way home to Tylertown, Walthall County with no liquor, no alcohol. I'm stopping here," said Laurie Bertone of Tylertown.
For the Whites, running the liquor store is life changing. They have a home in McHenry and had been flying back and forth to do construction work in Alaska.
"We're not having to travel out of state for work anymore, we can be here at home," said White.
Although Stone County residents can now possess liquor anywhere in the county, liquor sales are only allowed in the city limits of Wiggins.