COLUMBIA — The Root Cellar is moving for the second time in five years.

Owners Jake and Chelsea Davis said they've outgrown their store next to Artlandish Gallery on Walnut Street and have leased the former Koonse Glass building at 10th Street and Park Avenue. They hope to have renovations complete by late fall or early winter.

The Davis' chose the new location, once a feed and seed store, partly because of its history and their interest in historic preservation. The couple hopes to use the larger space to host gardening and cooking classes and store more goods on site.

The Root Cellar opened in 2001 and sells local products from honey to tomatoes to milk.

“Currently there is a really strong trend toward customers being more aware of where their food comes from and who produces it,” Davis said.

The couple announced the move via Facebook and a Vimeo video. Plans include outdoor seating, a commercial kitchen and more parking. They will be sharing Cafe Berlin’s parking lot.

The Davis' bought the business in 2011 and moved shortly thereafter to the present location at 1023 E. Walnut St. In 2014, the business expanded to Jefferson City to accommodate customers there who were driving to Columbia for a subscription program that provides a weekly box of food. The Jefferson City location includes an in-store cafe. 

"Now that we have the Jefferson City location up and running, it’s a good time to make that leap in Columbia," Davis said.

“We have super loyal customers,” he said. “They’ve really helped us expand.”

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  • Erin McKinstry is an Enterprise reporter for the Columbia Missourian. Reach her by email at or by phone at 314-800-4764.

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