Morning News â€” Bob Hudson
Kristen Perry and her son Jace are busy filling an order at the Rockford Cafe and Bakery.
Darin and Kristen Perry of Rockford want to teach their children how to work.
"There aren't many opportunities for 14- and 15-year-olds to get part-time jobs," Kristen said on Tuesday. "We tried farming, but that didn't work out."
So, the couple has opened Rockford Cafe and Bakery. It's in the same building as Rockford Ranch and Farm Supply at 53 South 1200 West.
Kristen noted that she managed a pizza place when attending college at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah.
Armed with that knowledge and family recipes from her mother and Italian grandmother, she's busy in the cafe kitchen six days a week. The business is open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday. It opens from 6 to 8 p.m. for the evening meal Monday through Friday.
Friday and Saturday the couple will celebrate their grand opening, extending Saturday's hours to 8 p.m. "to ensure that everyone can enjoy a home-cooked meal and a treat from the bakery," Darin said. There will be drawings for prizes and discounts.
Darin, a marriage and family therapist at J&M Mental Health in Blackfoot, helps out when he's not involved with his fulltime job.
The Perrys, who are natives of the small communities of Vernal and Kamas, Utah, have lived in Idaho since 2003.
"We felt our five kids would do better in smaller schools," Kristen said of their decision to move from Pocatello to Rockford.
"Here people go out of their way to get to know you," she said of the community.
"We've been pleasantly surprised with our reception without much serious advertising," Kristen said of the three weeks they've been in business.
She has a bachelor's degree in English and "dabbles in writing" but said she loves to cook, a perfect attribute for her new career.
The couple's children include Jace, Dalton, Alexis, Ansley and Chloe. The older ones and sole non-family employee Nettie Mendoza keep the place running.
"The main thing we're proud of is everything is made from scratch," she said.
"We're not just a cafe and we're not just a bakery," she added.
"We do something different every day," she said of the cafe specialties. "We'll do Mexican, Italian, something else, depending on what we feel like doing that morning."
During the evening they offer a pickup service in addition to their table service.
"It's well worth the drive to Rockford for a home-cooked meal," Darin said. "Diners will enjoy our home-cooked meals that delight the senses. Mothers can take a break from preparing a meal. Travelers can stop by to other activities such as fishing, camping or taking the perfect picture. They'll be rewarded with a fresh meal and the perfect after-dinner treat from the bakery."