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Liquor Locator: A Service to Help a Campaign

What do initiative campaigns, iPhone apps, and your cocktail shopping list have in common? Yep, you guessed it: the Washington State Liquor Locator! Rob LaRubbio (Groundwire friend and application developer extraordinaire) has built this great, free application in support of the No campaigns for I-1100 and I-1105.

Liquor Locator: A Service to Help a Campaign

Awesome!

Locate Your Liquor

What do initiative campaigns, iPhone apps, and your cocktail shopping list have in common? Yep, you guessed it: the Washington State Liquor Locator!  Rob LaRubbio (Groundwire friend and application developer extraordinaire) has built this great, free application in support of the No campaigns for I-1100 and I-1105. 

It’s a super slick app that allows you to search by type of spirit, then lists all of the brands of that spirit, tells you the price, bottle size, which state liquor stores carry what you’re looking for, how far away they are from your present location, and how many bottles each store has in stock. Oh, and then of course it gives you directions to the store of your choice. You can also peruse the inventory of a specific store, or search for a specific type or brand of liquor.

Free App

Rob is offering this app free of charge, but is very clear about his agenda for the product.  He wants Washington state voters to defeat two initiatives aimed at privatizing liquor sales (if you’re interested in Rob’s views on the issue, you can check them out at the app’s Facebook page).

If you attended the Groundwire 15th anniversary cocktail party and sampled our signature Fiftini you know we love Rob’s Liquor Locator app.  We also think it’s a great example of a campaign providing a valuable service via technology.  Nice work, Rob!


The Groundwire Fiftini

2 oz. Gin

¼ oz. Dry Vermouth

1 dash Crème de Violette

A twist of orange peel

Pour the Gin, Dry Vermouth and Crème de Violette in a cocktail shaker. 

Add ice.

Shake well.

Strain and pour into a chilled martini glass.

Garnish with a twist of orange peel.

Great for celebrating the 15th hike of the year, your 15th car-free day, or the 15th anniversary of Groundwire.  We’ll be celebrating all year, and we hope you’ll join in!

 

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All the good apps are for iPhones :(

Posted by Bridget at Oct 19, 2010 02:11 PM
I promise to vote no on the initiatives if you make a version of the app for blackberry users!

Thanks, but I'm pretty sure swapping votes for apps is frowned upon. :)

Posted by Rob LaRubbio at Oct 19, 2010 10:39 PM
The loss of a public dataset is something that I as a developer feel strongly about and something that I don't think has been mentioned in this debate. It is a public resource that we are giving away with nothing in return. Hopefully we don't lose it (or other data sets)

As a teaser if the data set remains public I was hoping to develop an android version (I can add blackberry to the list). I'd also like to add product images and the ability to filter search results by proximity and limit to only stores that are currently open.

Thanks for mentioning the app, and everyone remember to vote.