THE SCHOENZEITS – OWNERS
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!
ERICA ROKKE – WINE BUYER
Erica fell in love with wine while going to school (genetics & French, FYI), and it quickly became her passion. She has been in the industry most of her adulthood, and clearly has the energy to take it by storm! Her experience runs the gamut in the wine world. She has planted vines in southern Minnesotan vineyards, as well as worked through a full harvest in Walla Walla, Wa.
Certified as a 1st Level Sommelier by the Court of Masters (awesome name, right?), Erica has more than enough knowledge to knock your socks off! Her mission in wine is to make it fun and approachable for everyone, regardless of knowledge level.
AARON ZAIDMAN – LIQUOR MANAGER
Aaron grew up in Eagan, MN, then went to school for enology (wine making) in California. After a few vintages, he decided to get into restaurants and wine shops back home. After an eye opening stint bartending in Minneapolis, he got into the distilled spirit world and hasn’t looked back. Aaron’s favorite beverages include amaros, manhattans from his home bar, and champagne.
MICK O’CONNELL – LIQUOR MANAGER
Michael “Mick” O’Connell describes himself as, “just another guy.”
ROGER ANDRADA – OPERATIONS MANAGER
Born and raised in the Twin Cities area. Attended school at the University of Minnesota, where he graduated with a degree in Political Science, giving him a great background to manage a Liquor Store! He also met his boss (Jennifer, one of the store owners) while attending the U through a social organization. He has worked operational jobs at several companies of all shapes and sizes in the area. He came to Zipps because of the feel of a small family owned business with a great niche in the market.