Jennifer and Andrew took over Zipps from their father Mickey who purchased the shop from the original owner in 1961. The original owner, Harry Zipperman, was a pharmacist who built the location that would become Zipps as Minnesota’s first storefront built expressly for alcohol sales. After one year of business, he sold the store to the Schoenzeits, and they’ve taken great care of it. Together, their family has grown the store from a small neighborhood shop to one of the Twin Cities’ finest liquor stores!

Andrew joined the family business in 1984, working with his father for many years. Jennifer came aboard in 2005 after finishing college and spending some time living as a ski instructor. Both Jennifer and Andrew share a passion for skiing, and though she spent 7 years living and teaching the skiing life in Vail, Jennifer is still miffed that Andrew is better in the moguls! Andrew and Jennifer also share a love for sci-fi, ESPECIALLY Star Trek. It has been a crucial part of their family’s culture, going so far as to inspire vacations to conventions. Andrew is a superfan of The Grateful Dead, cementing that fact with an armband tattoo!


Lauren was born in Chicago and raised in Wisconsin. She studied fine arts in college which lead her to a career in beer. Lauren comes to Zipps with over 4 years of beer buying experience and a true love for it! She enjoys all styles of beer that are well balanced.


Aaron spent time maturing on a boat sailing around the world.  The gentle rocking on the open ocean increased his surface area and thus percieved value.  His boat crash landed in Minneapolis and hasn’t been able to look at water since.  He spends his time bowling, enjoying beverages with low water content, and poking his sleeping cats.

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Nick was born and raised in Denver, Colorado.  He recently moved here with his wife, cat and dog. A self-proclaimed wine geek, He is always looking for the most unique and interesting bottles available! His favorites include: Etna Rosso, Orange, Natural or anything with Bubbles!