Mom and Pop Shop - News and Weather For The Quad Cities -

Mom and Pop Shop

Updated:

Years ago, most neighborhoods had one. The corner grocery store. Many went out of business as time marched on.

However, in Andalusia, one building has been a fixture in town for eighty five years. The door still swings open to the Little Store. Don and Connie Brock own the town's only mom and pop shop. Connie convinced her husband to buy the place about ten years ago.

The store only has two aisles. Don says he has to be creative with his space. The old wooden, walk in cooler has cork insulation. At one time, the building used to be a feed store.

Down through the years, several people have owned the building. The Brocks named it The Little Store when they purchased it. You can still buy tootsie rolls for a penny, find dill weed on the shelf, along with toilet plungers and other odds and ends.  Don says he even has a bicycle tube behind the counter. If you need it, the Brocks will try to get it.

When Andalusia was on the brink of losing its only grocery store, the Brocks came to the rescue. Connie and Don say the store will never go dark as long as they own it. The building survived the flood of 1965.

The store is open every day of the year. The Brocks say part of the joy of owning a grocery store is the thanks they get from the community. A slice of small town America. A corner grocery store where it seems like Don and Connie know every customer by name.