Our Town North Liberty: Naomi's Kitchen
By Megan Benischek, Our Town Producer
NORTH LIBERTY - The Koser family grocery store served the community of North Liberty beginning in the early 1900's. This is what it looked like back in 1949. The family owned business supplied much more than just groceries.
The business was in the Koser family for more than three generations. It brought both the family and the community closer together. Steve Koser ran the store for 22 years.
"We had the meat, we had the groceries, we had the gas, we had the locker where people stored there meat," said Koser. "One business would serve the community and the outlying farming community."
Now it takes a lot more than just one business to serve this growing community. In 1993, Steve realized he just didn't have the energy to run the store anymore. Four and a half years ago, he decided to sell the family business to another family with a new concept for convenience.
"It is a concept that we were the first in the state of Iowa to apply," said Koser.
Troy and Lora Miller opened Naomi's Kitchen in June 2004. Since then, they have grown and expanded their family owned business in this historic facility.
"When we sold the building we were just happy that he was able to maintain the integrity and the history of the store," said Koser.
Even though you can't buy groceries here anymore and the owners have changed, the hometown hospitality is still the same.
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