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- ROSEMONT GENERAL STORE AND KITCHEN -
George or "Squire" Cummings came to the village of Rosemont in 1857 and purchased a parcel of land from Hugh Morrison that fronted Commercial Street (now Hwy 89). In 1861-62 George constructed the building, which would one day become the modern Rosemont General Store and Kitchen. George sold the building in 1886, and since then, it has gone through several owners. In 1945, James E. and Annie Q. Nicol purchased the building and ran a general store, known as Nicol's store. The Nicols sold the store 1950 and it passed through several more owners including Pam and Russell Stewart.
In 2012 the Rosemont General Store was purchased by the current owners Janice and Earle O‘Born. It was essential to renovate and restore the building extensively. After being part of the Community for 33 years they created a project that would restore the Rosemont hamlet to its past glory. The main focus was to ensure everyone in the Community could enjoy the improvements. Also, they wanted to create sustainable employment within the Community. They started with the General Store, ensuring it was brought up to code. It was important to them to maintain the original character.
The Store specializes in organic, locally sourced products, homemade pies, entrees, tea biscuits, bread, etc., and a wide selection of merchandise from the United Kingdom. There is a 30-seat café in the store and every effort was made to keep the original decor. The aroma of freshly prepared baked goods fills the air, with every item on the menu made from scratch. “One of the reasons we bought the store was so people in the community had somewhere to get their newspaper, their coffee and their OLG ticket,” Janice said. “It really has become a community hub.” The Kitchen is famous for its fresh homemade soups and entrées, including pizza cooked in the Woodstone oven. Catering can be booked for special events on the premises or in your chosen location. It also produces prepared foods to take away.