Linda Studer is calling it her dream job.
A small town shop along a historic main street.
It just so happens that Hannibal is that town and the city's historic Main Street is the location.
"I got to looking and I thought, what is it Hannibal needs that they don't have," Studer said. "Specialty food, it just makes sense. I love food."
Studer and her husband, Richard, are moving their store in to the 217 N. Main where the Hannibal History Museum was until their recent move across the street to the former Breadeaux Pizza building. They officially get the keys today and the first plan of action is to refinish the floors. Once that's done, all of the items and everything in between they plan to sell will go in.
"We're so excited. We think that there's a whole market here in Hannibal for the community and for the tourists that are coming, where we have some gourmet foods and some specialty foods," Linda said. "We're going to carry bulk foods, we're going to carry some coffees, some teas and an extensive line of spices. We might carry some meats that don't require refrigeration, like smoke sausages — types of summer sausages."
Other items include flours, baking sodas, mini chips, pudding mixes and pumpkin pie spice. They'll mostly be carried in bulk and will be packaged in the store. There'll also be a special section dedicated to the Show-Me State.
"We're going to have a section that features made in Missouri. The only thing that will be allowed in that section is made in Missouri products. We're not going to do wine initially. It will include jams and jellies, and barbecue sauces," Linda said. "We're hoping to carry a line of gluten-free stuff. We're hoping to do some healthy stuff. Hannibal has a large health group. There's a whole lot of health foods out there and healthy eating — organic, things like that. There's a lot of people that are kind of needing those kinds of foods now and there's not anywhere for a very long ways in order to purchase them. We're hoping to be able to provide some of that to that group too.
Target opening date is scheduled for April 20, despite all the weather woes and work that has to be done inside.
"Our goal is to not necessarily compete, but enhance," Linda said. "I'm hoping that we'll be accepted by the community. Hannibal is growing as far as tourism — at least I feel that they are."