Elias Tawil

Storeowner Elias Tawil (right) checks-out a customer midway through Tawil’s interview, insisting to serve every customer with quick, quality work to the best of his ability.

Elsberry, Mo. - Everything has a story, and for the city of Elsberry’s I.G.A. grocery store, its newest story begins in the most unexpected of places; Bethlehem, Israel. 

Decades ago, a 16 years-old Israelite immigrated to the United States, living first in Detroit, Michigan. His name is Elias Tawil, and neither himself in Detroit nor the folks of Lincoln County in Elsberry could have predicted how their lives would one day be intertwined.