The Jane Store is truly a town jewel

The Jane Store is a town jewel in Jane, Mo., with home-cooked meals, spices, and local art, all in one place. 

Owners Sam and Gayla Baker have been running the general store for the past seven years. 

“Up until two years ago it was me and two church ladies that ran the general store,” said Baker. “They were wanting to retire so my husband bought them out in 2015.”

The building that houses The Jane Store has been a general store since 1925. It was previously owned and operated by the Marrs family, according to Baker. 

Before starting The Jane Store, Gayla worked for 13 years at the Walmart home office, and also has experience in children’s daycare. 

Sam was involved in commercial construction until he came to work at The Jane Store. 

When Sam and Gayla took sole ownership of the store, they added a grill to the mix. 

“Sam had always wanted to do a cafe or a bed & breakfast so when the opportunity arose, we took it,” said Baker. 

They sell sandwiches, pies, cookies, and have daily specials.

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