By Janet Stoica
Red Sox season is here, and fans should know about the latest wine offerings at Flynn’s Fine Wine & Spirits on Schofield Avenue in Dudley. Flynn’s is featuring David Ortiz’s Big Papi Charity Wine. The reds and whites are reasonably priced, and all profits go to the David Ortiz Children’s Fund, which supports children who do not have access to critical pediatric services they need.
Have a special occasion coming up? And I mean, very special. Well, that probably calls for a nice bottle of Dom Perignon vintage champagne, which might not be on display, but Kevin Flynn, the owner, can get it for you without a problem. It all depends on what your wallet can handle.
“We cater to what our customers want,” said Mr. Flynn, “and if they ask for a certain brand, we’ll order it in for them. We have a pretty local and loyal customer base, whom we appreciate very much. We’re not on the main road, so we have to be competitive.”
Previously, Mr. Flynn owned similar outlets in Charlton and Auburn, which he sold. When the opportunity at the Dudley location arose about eight years ago, he began a new venture here.
Flynn’s certainly appears to be the biggest little wine and spirits store around and although it’s a few minutes off the main road, it’s worth a visit. Pricing is very competitive with other local package stores and you might just find something unusual that is worth trying either for yourself or for a gathering, like gluten-free vodka, or more interesting, a Captain Morgan rum called Cannon Blast packaged in a container shaped like a black cannon ball.
The wine assortment includes well-known brands of chardonnays, zins, moscatos, pinots, chianti and more. Flynn’s buys from local vineyards as well, such as Hardwick Vineyard & Winery of Hardwick, Mass. Their wine flavors include pear, pumpkin, and a cool cranberry named as an Editor’s Choice in the Yankee Magazine Travel Guide to New England..
As for beer, well, when the heat rises so do the beer sales. Among the brands to choose from are Harpoon, Guinness, Shock Top, IPA, Fat Tire, and the classics Miller and Budweiser.
Flynn’s carries the recently introduced Heroes’ Vodka. The brand founder is Travis McVey, a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. For every bottle sold 25% is donated to AMVETS and other veterans organizations. Mr. McVey’s company is also certified as a member of the National Veteran Owned Business Association (NaVOBA) and part of the Buy Veteran Movement.
Speaking of vodka, there are also many Polish-type vodkas available in Flynn’s supply as he does try to stock what his customers ask for.
Chips, dips, condiments, sodas and smokers’ products make up additional store displays.
Flynn’s is a state-licensed and registered bottle and can redemption center and has a customer-convenient can/bottle conveyor with built-in container counter. “We’ll take all types of returns, not just what we sell,” said Mr. Flynn. “As long as it has a Massachusetts refund label, we’ll take it. All you have to do is bring your full bags of empties around to the back of the store and unload it; the conveyor does all the work. It’ll count up to 600 empties per minute.”
The store is quite familiar to many local scout organizations who use the bottle/can returns for their fundraising efforts. Any group is welcome to visit Flynn’s with their returns; ask about the special rates for groups and organizations.
If you’re looking for a local U-Haul location, Flynn’s is it. Their fleet includes an entire line of box trucks, cargo vans and trailers. and moving supplies like boxes and strapping tape. The vehicles are available for one-way or round-trip hauling and are always inspected for safety. Moving supplies like boxes and strapping tape are also available for purchase.
Flynn’s is quite a variety of businesses that bear checking out. Oh, and don’t forget to buy your lottery and scratch tickets before leaving.
Flynn’s Fine Wine & Spirits is at 81 Schofield Avenue in Dudley. Phone: (508) 949-1878. Hours: Mon-Thurs 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fri/Sat 9 a.m.-10 p.m.; and Sunday 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.