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Top left: The general store offers daily necessities that save locals a trip to town. Top right: A new patio at Pierpont was added in 2020 and helped
facilitate the need for outdoor dining. Above left: Visitors to the new outdoor area of Pierpont General Store relax on a spring evening. Above
right: A pair of patrons listen to musician Bruce Poe play on the recently built bandstand outside the general store. Opposite page: Andy Clubb
has lived in Pierpont for more than three decades. Since 2019, he has served as general manager of the Pierpont General Store.
pandemic began affecting everyday life in early 2020. A
back storage room with a walk-in cooler was gutted and
today is home to a small bar and cafe.
" All the tin used back here is repurposed from the roof, "
Andy says. " All of the boards on the walls were from an old
deck. Old ceiling rafters were repurposed as shelves. We've
got modern new things like the beer taps. However, we
tried to keep everything with a rustic feeling. "
The bar features six taps including some locally made
brews. In addition to frozen pies from local favorite
Shakespeare's Pizza, the crew at Pierpont
teams up with Barred Owl Butcher and Table
in Columbia to take care of its modest menu.
They offer a handful of specialty bratwursts
and hot dogs along with housemade potato and
pasta salads. " Everything is fresh and local, "
Andy says. " Fiddle and Stone Bread Co. provides
all of our breads and rolls and we get our
produce from local farms. "
seasonal vinyl window coverings were added to keep the
space functional in the winter.
" The outdoor transformation has been incredible, " Andy
says. " The new music stage, green space, fi re pit, concrete,
trees and bushes have created a space where everyone
feels welcome. "
That outdoor area is well used in the summer when
Pierpont's bandstand is fi lled with a variety of different
music acts. " We do a little bit of everything music wise, "
Andy says. " But generally it's more laid-back music that
people can enjoy. Like '70s or '80s cover bands, bluegrass
or country. We try for a diverse group of bands. "
Whether you're looking for a peaceful afternoon
under the sun, a gallon of milk or you just want to
get the inside scoop of what's going on at the daily
morning Pierpont Coffee Club gatherings, this
unique general store is worth a visit.
They added a deck in the back to offer openair
seating, which came in handy as outdoor dining was
as popular as ever in 2020. They realized the patio wasn't
useful if the weather wasn't cooperative, so they installed
a roof made of louvers that can fully shut when needed,
but also adjust to let in air and sunshine. Heaters and
" We want it to be a community gathering
spot; everybody to feel welcome, " Andy says. " If
it's a nice weekend evening or afternoon, it will
be full of kids out playing football or whatever.
People just want to come and enjoy the rural setting. "
For more information on the Pierpont General Store call
573-442-2701 or follow them on Facebook.
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