State Liquor Stores

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A Guide to Philadelphia’s “Premium” State Stores

Walk down Chestnut Street in University City and you lose count of the churches. There seem to be two on every block. There’s even one […]

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12 More State Laws Not Worth Defending

State attorney general Kathleen Kane, in a controversial move, announced she won’t defend the state in a federal lawsuit that challenges Pennsylvania’s ban on gay […]

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Not So Fast With Your Dreams of Cheap Wine, Philly

Tom Corbett and the Republican-controlled PA House are either very smart, or very dumb. As they push their liquor privatization bill through Harrisburg, they are […]

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Liquor Privatization Bill Passes in House

Tom Corbett is halfway to reaching one of his major campaign promises: privatizing liquor and wine sales. Tonight, the House passed a bill to phase […]

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PA Wine Label Once the “17th Most Popular in the U.S.”

Remember those complaints last month that state-owned liquor stores were giving prime shelf space to the PLCB brand of Table Leaf wine? Well, during his […]

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12 Things New York Has That Philly Needs

Now before you go all Clubber Lang on me, you should know that I am not one of those Philadelphians who has an inferiority complex […]

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LCB Stores Giving In-House Brands Prime Placement

You know what sounds really unappealing? Liquor and wine produced by the state of Pennsylvania. Maybe that’s why the state has been sneaking its “in-house” […]

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I Don’t Want to Buy My Booze From Governor Corbett Anymore

Almost every one of us has been there, or at least experienced something like it: It’s Saturday afternoon and you’re standing in the grocery store […]

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Eagles Won’t Ever Get Super Bowl With Michael Vick

It’s the time of year to take stock of what has passed and what is to come. Last year, I wrote a column for the […]

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The End of the Great Kiosk Debacle

If Pennsylvanians need any more proof it’s time to dismantle the state store system of wine and liquor distribution, that system’s biggest proponent kindly provided […]

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Kiosk of Death

It was a mere six months ago that the PLCB announced, with great fanfare, that it would be extending its super-high-tech wine kiosk concept to […]

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What the Post Office Could Teach the State Stores

Something struck me as I read through this Wall Street Journal story on how the United States Postal Service is going to shut down as […]

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Why Did Tom Corbett Punt On Privatizing Booze?

Last November, Pennsylvanians elected Tom Corbett to solve the state’s problems. But instead of leadership, they’ve received task forces and blue ribbon panels. In just […]

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The PLCB Just Might Be Onto Something

The Robo-Sommeliers are coming. And that might lead to something good. Sounds crazy, I know. But bear with me. In June, the PLCB unveiled its […]

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Hey, Liquor Control Board? Kiss My Kiosk

At my house, we call it “Greensburg syndrome.” For some strange reason, a lot of the really bizarre stories that show up in our local […]