The clerk at Big Red Liquors on Wabash Avenue was supposed to have the day off, but an end to the ban on Sunday alcohol sales changed that for him.
He believes the hype will eventually die down. But as for today, he said that 20 customers were waiting outside the door 15 minutes prior to the business opening for the day. And, during the first hour, he said he rang up more than 40 customers.
As a customer, I went to the store around 2 p.m., just as many other Hoosiers did today. Not really because I wanted to, but because I actually could for the first time in my life.
The bill had moved quickly in Indianapolis to the governor's desk this time around -- and businesses haven't yet had time to update the hours printed on their glass doors.
I noticed a paper sign taped to the door alerting customers of the noon to 8 p.m. rule to buy their alcoholic beverages, as part of the new law allowing for Sunday carryout sales in the state. The section where Indiana-made beer, wine and spirits were shelved was bare in some spots, as the liquor chain has a special on them this month in honor of the change.
I opted to buy Champagne Velvet, which has roots in Terre Haute just like I do. Although it is now brewed in Bloomington.
While paying for the six-pack of beer, I asked the clerk how the day was going. Noting he was supposed to have the day off, he responded that liquor stores are adjusting to being open on Sundays for the first time.
Meanwhile, it was exciting to be part of it all as a lifelong Indiana resident. I asked him to take my picture at the counter with my cell phone, and he did after checking my ID. As I drove away, several more vehicles were pulling into the lot.
It's easy to say that the first Sunday in Indiana was a successful one for liquor stores. I'm sure it also was for grocery, drug and convenience stores selling alcohol for the first time in more than 80 years --- since prohibition.
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Lucy Perry can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Journalist, Terre Haute
Lucy Perry, 46, enjoys writing about issues in her hometown. She periodically expresses personal opinions in her blog, Terre Haute Times.
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