Topeka Capital Journal visits The Local Depot

Business Watch: Winery opens Topeka tasting room, local food store

Posted: September 26, 2015 – 2:25pm

By Megan Hart

Prairie Fire Winery has opened a store selling their vintages and other Kansas products in Topeka.

The Local Depot, in Brookwood shopping center, sells 17 Prairie Fire wines, with most available to taste. Much of the space, however, is devoted to nonalcoholic products from other Kansas companies, with options including Topeka-made Cashmere Popcorn, cheese, sausage, salsa, “artisanal” ketchups, jellies, seasoning and dip mixes, lavender lotions, barbecue sauce, coffee and tea blends, pickles and mixes for muffins and breads, including some with Wizard of Oz-themed names like Lost in the Poppy Fields muffin mix and Blue Gingham Dress blueberry pancake mix.

Owner Bob DesRuisseaux said he anticipates the store eventually will outgrow its current location. It takes time to create retail partnerships with small producers, he said, but everyone benefits when they can because the producer has a way to reach more customers, the customers get local products they want and the Local Depot can offer people a one-stop location for their wine and party food needs.

“We can bring it all together,” he said. “Here in Kansas, we literally grow and make everything that can go on a plate or in a glass.”

DesRuisseaux said many of the customers at their main winery in Paxico come from Topeka, but he doesn’t anticipate a second location will cut into business there. People typically go to the main location if they want to have a relaxing trip, he said, while they will stop at the Topeka one to pick up something to have with dinner.

“Our customers have really pulled us into this market,” he said.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. For more information, visit or call (785) 246-6500.

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Got Local?

Local: wine, cheese, summer sausage, sauces, dips, lavender, Cashmere Popcorn, salsa, pottery, jerky, jellies, jams, breads, desserts, and much, much more, Oh My! Open Wed-Fri 10-6 and Sat 10-5. Get your local on at The Local Depot!

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Topeka – Here we come!

We received notification yesterday that our KS Winery Outlet license has been approved. We will be feverishly stocking the shelves. We anticipate opening before the end of May. Keep an eye out for details!

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New Products Coming in Daily!

We have more products being ordered and coming in daily! The shelves are going up and filling up! Keep checking back for our official opening date and a list of local products we will have in stock! See you soon in Topeka! 785-246-6500

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Topeka Wine and Local Products… Moving Along!

We’re making progress on our additional Topeka location. Cox installed the phone and internet today. We have additional network wiring to complete tomorrow and will begin moving furniture and setting up displays late this week. Keep your eyes open! You can also reach our Topeka store at 785-246-6500.

See you in Topeka soon!

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Topeka coming soon: We want more local!

Vendors: Here we grow again!

We are opening another location in Topeka and need more great local products for our shelves. We’d like to talk to you about the possibility of adding your products in our newest, and in future stores.

Please contact us immediately with details about your wholesale program and current product availability. We are scheduled to open our new location in April, so time is of the essence! Please contact us today at or at 785-246-6500 as soon as possible. If you know of anyone else we should contact, please let us know that as well.

We look forward to growing together!

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Topeka Wine and Local Goods, Coming soon!

Great News Topeka! You’ve been asking, you’ve been waiting, we’re finally coming to Topeka!

We finalized our lease today in the Brookwood Shopping Center in Topeka. We will have a tasting room for Prairie Fire Winery along with an expanded line of local products.

If you produce a Kansas product you think we should sell, or have a suggestion, please call us at 785-246-6500

See you in Topeka Soon!

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The Local Depot – Welcome!

More locations coming soon!

The Local Depot is a part of the Prairie Fire Winery family. You all have come to know us as growers and makers of fine Kansas wine. Along with that, you have enjoyed other fine local products we have personally sourced from our Great State.

Our commitment to our fellow local growers is, well, growing! The Local Depot locations will serve as tasting rooms for Prairie Fire Winery and will carry even more expansive local selections. As we continue to grow, we remain even more committed than ever to supporting other local businesses.

If you produce a Kansas product you think we should carry, please contact us at: 785-246-6500 or email us at:

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