It all started with a dream that Paula Dezzutti, had one night in January of 2011- a calling to start a spirits brand that could benefit both the consumer and the community.
Her dream became a reality when she founded Local Choice Spirits here in the low-country. Local Choice is a spirits brand of Terressentia, but is the only one that specifically donates a portion of its profits to charitable organizations. Terressentia makes all of the Local Choice spirits and is owned by Paula’s husband.
For every bottle of liquor they sell, Local Choice Spirits donates $2 to a local organization such as the Ronald McDonald House, March of Dimes, Special Olympics, Carolina Youth and several more.
Although the company started in Charleston, it has now spread to 15 states and six other countries and continues to grow. But no matter where the spirits are sold, the company always finds a way to give back to the local communities in each respective location.
Local Choice shifts their efforts from advertising to investing in the community by contributing $2 of each bottle of liquor purchased to an event or on behalf of an organization that is raising money for a particular cause. The company also sponsors events where they donate their products for silent auctions, raffles and sponsorships as a fundraising revenue tool for community organizations.
Paula describes her passion for this one-of-a-kind spirits company perfectly. “The spirit isn’t everything, it’s the only thing. We’re different because the spirit behind our spirits are measurable and actionable.”
Not only is Local Choice unique in its charitable efforts, but also in the way their products are made. Their spirits and liquors are produced in a distillery in North Charleston through a unique technology called Terrepure. In this process, 70 percent of the free radicals and congeners – which make alcohol harsh and tend to produce hangovers – are removed at the molecular level while natural flavors are also infused into the spirits. The company has won over 40 awards for their renowned, smooth spirits.
Black Cherry Bourbon, Espresso Vodka and Pixie Spiced Rum have won a number of awards and are known to be favorites of Local Choice Spirits customers. Vice President of Public Relations Mallory Walters suggests trying the strawberry-kiwi vodka mixed with soda or their lime tequila in a margarita. All of the spirits are Kosher certified and all of their Vodkas are gluten-free, with flavors that will please every set of taste buds.
So, where can you find Local Choice Spirits? Stop by Daniel Island Wine & Spirits or Bottles in Mount Pleasant to purchase one of the 17 different flavors of liquor that Local Choice offers. Each bottle costs between $20-$25, with $2 of the profits going to a local organization that Local Choice works with. Want to decide where your $2 goes? Become a VIP member on Local Choice’s website where you can pick the organization that your $2 or more goes to.
To find out more about Local Choice Spirits, visit their website.