A Family Affair
Dickson Street Liquor, a mainstay in Fayetteville’s entertainment district has always had a comfortable family feel. The iconic building has housed Dickson Street Liquor store since 1964 but was originally a one pump Conoco gas station and garage. The vaulted ceiling in the entry way was the lift and a tiny restroom still has the bright green tile from 1936 (don’t ask to use as it isn’t really functional). A lot has changed since over time but one thing hasn’t, the friendly & funky ambience of DSL. thousands of UA students frequented DSL over the last 4 & 1/2 decades. Patrons and employees well remember DSL’s Bernice & Clarence from the 60’s through the 90’s.
Bernice along with Georges Majestic Lounge’s Ms.Mary and Maxine from the Tap Room were the main threads of the fabric that made Dickson Street unique and special. DSL steadfastly holds on to it’s heritage and will always embrace the essence of Fayetteville. While there has been many additions over the years to allow for more inventory, the building’s recognizable profile and structural integrity remains unchanged, no ‘retro decorating’ it’s all the real deal. The spirit of Fayetteville’s Dickson Street lives on at DSL.
In 1968 the famed group,The Band released ‘The Weight’, a song who’s lyrics were penned by famous local musician Levon Helm. “ Crazy Chester followed me and caught me in the fog ....”references a colorful local who patrolled Dickson Street to ‘keep the peace’. Donning a toupee and armed with two big cap pistols he always checked on DSL and procured ‘provisions’ while on his Saturday night patrols. A friend of the band The Hawks, Chester always assured lead singer Ronnie, that he had Dickson Street ‘under control’ and that he ‘was on the case’.
Home Away From Home
While Fayetteville locals, new and old always feel at home at DSL, we love visitors. Don’t make a trip to Fayetteville without a stop at DSL and soak up some funky local flavor.... and maybe grab a six pack.