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By Deb Brumley
For the Sentinel 

Roosevelt Store gets new design and new name


Deb Bromley for the Sentinel

NEW FACES: The former Roosevelt Store is the new Columbia River Country Store, redesigned by new owners Rebecca Rogers and Ben Van Laar. The 1,700 square-foot local landmark has become a stopping point for travelers for more than 40 years. It has an artistic new look and a new cafe open seven days a week that has drawn positive notice from both residents and visitors. The breakfast burrito is a favorite.

Colorful miniature art spaces, home-style, comfort food, and convenience converge just inside a deep red door and a neon yellow “$3.99 Breakfast Special” sign that covers the front-half of this 1970s building. Follow Washington State Route 14 for a long stretch between the burg of Alderdale and the town of Goldendale and when the small green road sign reads, “Roosevelt,” turn either way on Frontage Road and you’ll have then arrived at the perpetually evolving Columbia River Country Store.

The Columbia River Country Store, affectionately called the “home place” by some of the regular patrons, is the former Roosevelt Store, renamed by owner Rebecca Rogers, who co-operates the...

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