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Denton Alcohol Delivery keeps locals from making “pour” decisions

Denton Alcohol Delivery keeps locals from making “pour” decisions

Denton Alcohol Delivery keeps locals from making “pour” decisions
August 31
13:00 2018

In the era of convenience, there is good old-fashioned delivery, food delivery apps, and now, Denton Alcohol Delivery. In the trend of self-employment and entrepreneurship hitting the business world, UNT alum Evan Templeton has made it his mission to deliver alcohol directly to people’s homes.

Templeton formed the idea for Denton Alcohol Delivery after a few other business plans failed to meet his high standards. Amongst Templeton’s business ideas, like forming a valet service, a hot dog stand or doing umbrella sales, Denton Alcohol Delivery became the business with the most potential.

“Everyone’s doing delivery now but no one is doing alcohol delivery,” Templeton said. “Someone always mentions it. ‘Oh, I wish this was delivered.’ Or if you’re buzzed and you want to get another six-pack. A small part of it is keeping buzzed drivers off the road.”

Currently, Templeton is the only employee. On a day-to-day basis, he is trying to come up with content for the social media pages, advertise and keep track of inventory and deliveries. He is managing 2-3 deliveries a day on top of trying to spread the word about the business.

Templeton’s business is coming at a time when he is busy with his work at his church in Southlake, his career as a musician and the addition of a new member to his family: a puppy.

Templeton agrees that his life, at the moment, can become overwhelming but to him, it is all hinging on getting a schedule down and practicing time management.

“I think any person that’s doing a start-up is hoping it will go well,” Templeton said. “The first couple of days there were no orders and I was so bummed but I had to keep putting up content, keep getting people interested in it. But it’s cool meeting people. All the people that order are cool people.”

Part of getting the word out included building the website for Denton Alcohol Delivery, where customers can place orders. Customers can also call to place their orders and talk with Templeton himself.

When it comes to alcohol, a delivery service becomes unintentionally tricky. To stress the legal drinking age barrier, Templeton makes visitors on his website verify that they are 21 or over. In addition, for some orders, he works with local convenience stores that do the initial age verifying for him and he cards customers at their door. For those that can figure out how to get around the initial age verification process, Templeton charges an inconvenience fee.

Denton Evans, 24, saw the Denton Alcohol Delivery suggested to him on Facebook. Later, he took to Twitter to express his opinion on the local business.

“It’s cool, honestly,” Evans said. “It’s a great idea because we’re in college and [it] allows us to access [alcoholic beverages] if we don’t have transportation.”

UNT alum, Evan Templeton, is the founder of a new alcohol delivery service. Will Baldwin

Though business is growing, Templeton is hoping to get his customer base up into the hundreds someday.

“Long-term goal is to expand into Dallas,” Templeton said. “It would be great. There is a lot that goes into that. Short-term goal is to have a small team — being able to hire drivers. I really like doing the driving but I would like to stay in with my girlfriend once in a while. I’d like to become a household name.”

As for what it takes to run a business successfully? To Templeton, an integral part is the presentation. As a trumpet player and alum of UNT’s Jazz Studies program, he always had to be aware of what he looked like to an audience, and to him, clients of Denton Alcohol Delivery are of the same vein.

“As a musician, you really have to be aware of your stage presence and how you look to customers,” Templeton said. “And it’s not just physical. That is a big part of it. But always being charismatic and like keeping your crowd, which in my case is my customers. Being excited to have them, which I am. Then, like the website, I ran that by a couple of people who have successful websites and they liked that. Just making sure you’re putting your best foot forward.”

For one of Denton Alcohol Delivery’s first customers, Kenny Bischoff, 24, the impact of Templeton’s work was not lost.

“I think it’s a great idea,” Bischoff said. “And the fact that no one had thought about doing this in a college town is very surprising. The speed of delivery is great. Evan is there before you even realize you want him there. My friend and I were making spaghetti one night and realized we ran out of white wine so this was perfect.”

Templeton’s advice for others looking to start a business is to allow room for personal expression.

“You gotta be coming up with ideas all the time,” Templeton said. “You gotta put yourself in a creative mindset and come up with as many ideas as you can and find one that sticks.”

Featured Image: Courtesy Facebook

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  1. CCT
    CCT September 02, 20:44

    Great idea. People are going to drink, and this is a good way to cut down on them driving when they’re drunk or buzzed.

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