By RODNEY D. BOAM
The state-run liquor store is alive and well in Preston despite the teetotaling nature of the community. Franklin County has a large LDS population, a religion that teaches abstinence from alcoholic beverages. Despite that faith, the liquor store has a faithful following.
Misty Moser has recently taken the reins of the Franklin County outlet after Bernadee Reid retired. Reid had worked at the store for 20 years.
“I loved the people and the relationships, but after 20 years it was time for a change,” Reid said. She said the liquor store was there for a long time. She remembered a time when the store was in a building where the Wells Fargo Bank is now.
Moser said when she heard her grandmother wanted to retire she decided to give it a try. She was ready for something new after working shiftwork at Presto for years.
Besides the distilled spirits, the store specializes in Idaho souvenirs and gifts. The souvenirs are popular with people from out of town.
Idaho regulates alcohol and there is a lot of record keeping that goes with running a store like that.
“You have to go by the state laws right down to the ‘t’,” she said.
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