For the last 10 years, local entrepreneurs Brent and Linda Styer have been on the road, taking their product, Ellbee’s Garlic Seasonings, to food festivals across the country. The seasonings are now in stores in Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas, Nebraska, Tennessee, Illinois, Alabama, and Texas.
And now the business is putting down roots in historic downtown Wentzville.
The Styers have owned the building, at 6 West Main Street in downtown Wentzville, for the past ten years. When the street-level retail space became vacant recently, the couple realized that the perfect tenant was . . . well, themselves. They began remodeling the space to house their new business, Ellbee’s General Store.
“We want it to be a vibrant, year-round destination. It’s good food. Fun food. And it’s family-friendly,” Linda Styer told 70 West Sentinel.
The store will have a soda bar offering 35 flavors of old-fashioned sodas. “Thursday nights will be soda-shot nights,” Linda said. With the purchase of a souvenir soda shot glass, customers can sample the different flavors.
Coffee, tea, smoothies, and floats will also be on the menu, with fresh pastries available in the mornings and specialty desserts in the evenings. The coffees and teas will also be available as beans and in bulk.
What would a general store be without candy? Ellbee’s will have bulk candy available, perfect for the trendy candy buffets that now being offered at receptions and parties.
And of course, the garlic seasonings that started it all will also be for sale: eight rub flavors, dips, sauces, and brine. All are made with fresh ingredients, with no artificial perservatives, MSG, or glutens. “The best buzz your food will ever have,” the Ellbee website states.
Gift baskets will offer customers a nice selection of all the different Ellbee’s products.
The Styers believe in the importance of giving back to the community, so they are reaching out to local schools and sports teams and offering fundraising events so that teachers and coaches can be a “soda jerk for a night” and earn a portion of the proceeds.
You can follow Ellbee’s General Store on Facebook for updates on construction and plans for the store’s grand opening.