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by Paul Newton
pnewton@ruralmissouri.coop
I
t's an impossibly beautiful day at
the intersection of Highways 163
and N in central Boone County.
Scores of families and friends are
relaxing the evening away as music
from the bandstand fills the air.
Passersby stop by the parking lot to fill
up their gas tanks and neighbors run
inside to get that stick of butter they
were certain they had at home. This
isn't your average country store.
Pierpont General Store has served
as the social hub of the village of
Pierpont for decades inside a more
than century-old structure. Today,
the store offers the traditional basic
necessities sold for years, along with
updated locally sourced goods. A new
bar, bistro and bandstand was added
after an ownership change in 2019 and
elevated the store to " the place to be "
on weekend evenings.
Country store with a
laid-back atmosphere
From a loaf of bread to live music,
Pierpont General Store is the place to be
" The building itself was moved
to this current location in 1889, "
says Andy Clubb, the store's general
manager. " Prior to that it was at the
bottom of the hill in Rock Bridge State
Park and before that it was at the top
of that hill. So it's been around for a
long time. It's been a store, distillery,
blacksmith shop and private residence
through the years. "
The general store has helped sustain
Pierpont, a community about 5 miles
south of Columbia with a population
of less than 100, for the past three
decades. When former owners Jed
and Brandy Taylor bought the shop in
2019, they brought Andy on board to
help give the location a face-lift while
staying true to its rural roots.
" The gas pumps were from the
1950s and we replaced those with gas
dispensers that can accept credit cards
24 hours a day. That was a popular
change, " says Andy, a Boone Electric
Cooperative member who's lived in the
neighborhood since 1987. " Then we revamped
the inventory of what the store
carries and added more products. Then
we got to the big stuff. "
The big stuff included a complete
renovation of a back room, the
construction of a four seasons-type
patio and overhaul of the outdoor
space. Their work on the store started
in earnest just as the COVID-19

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