Who Are We Anyway?
Fresh out of college Steve and Lisa St. Pierre opened Once Upon A Toy, a tiny retail toy store in the suburban town of Edwardsville, IL. As anyone in retail knows, the heart of a successful business is SERVING people. After 18 years and 3 stores later, Steve and Lisa felt a call to take this commitment to serving much deeper. In 2006, we sold the business and moved our family into the inner city of St. Louis, and began working with Restore St. Louis, a network of ministries which address the physical, relational and emotional needs of those in the heart of a very broken place.
In 2017, we once again felt called to move forward in this desire for deep reconciliation ... taking what we learned from owning retail stores, and pairing it with our experiences with Restore St. Louis, the idea for Have a Cow Cattle Co. was born. With no farming experience, we purchased a 180-acre farm in Owensville MO, bought about 12 cows and began the steep learning curve of becoming overnight farmers. At the same time, plans were drawn up for the Cafe & Urban Farm Store and construction began.
After several construction delays - and in the middle of a pandemic - we finally opened our restaurant doors in January of 2021. It's a peaceful little place where all are welcome - please stop by, we'd love to see you!