BOONE LIFE: Cooking up community from scratch

Sunday, December 2, 2007 | 9:37 p.m. CST; updated 9:41 p.m. CST, Monday, February 9, 2009
Rocheport General Store owner Kim Phillips, left, talks with her nephew Neil Maxwell and Casey Acton, who both work at the store. Maxwell moved from San Diego to help out at the business, planning to stay until December. "But he likes it so much here, he's decided to stay," says Phillips.

When Kim Phillips and her sister, Stacey Karabegovic, peeked through the cracks in the window coverings of a former ceramics shop on historic Rocheport’s Central Street, they knew that they’d found something special.

“We couldn’t see much, except for the tall glass cabinets that lined the walls,” Phillips says.

The sisters fell in love with the building’s antique charm and opened the Rocheport General Store in August 2006. In a short period of time, it has become a popular gathering spot for residents and visitors to meet for coffee or a meal, enjoy an eclectic offering of live music or shop for basic grocery items.

Phillips has always loved cooking, but only recently has it moved beyond a personal passion. Now, instead of working her hands over a sore back as a massage therapist, she kneads bread dough made with flour ground from wheat berries. Quiche is one of her specialties; the most popular is portobello mushroom quiche, and the most unusual offering is cheeseburger quiche.

Community involvement is important to Phillips, and she uses as many local vendors as she can, buying eggs, meat, cheese and vegetables from farmers. About eight people work at the store, waiting tables or booking weekend music acts.

“We’re all really close here. It’s like a family,” Phillips says.

Fresh baked scones and cookies wait to be eaten at the Rocheport General Store.
Kim Phillips brings her love of cooking and community to the Rocheport General Store, which she opened in August 2006. "It's a café and a gathering place," she says.

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Haley Tebbe December 3, 2007 | 7:44 p.m.

Rocheport General Store was my first job and i still work there, i started in the spring, right from the start my co-workers were welcoming and soon I was apart of the staff and family. I even met my current boyfriend there. It is just like what Mrs. Phillips said, its a great place to eat, and relax, and the staff is basically just like a family, everybody helps out. The food is amazing, the specials are the very best, the soups are nice, warm, and creamy, and the desserts are amazing, all of the food there is made from scratch, added with a little music, of course.

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