Bonjour! We are a small-town business located in the beautiful bayou town of Cottonport. James (T-Jim) Moreau established the business in 1964. At that time, the store was called T-Jim’s Bar and Grocery. He operated the store with no employees, having a meat market, groceries, and also a bar. His father and uncle showed him how to make boudin, which is a Cajun delicacy made with pork, a lot of seasonings, and rice, all of which is stuffed into hog casings. Through trial and error and a little TLC, T-Jim who was 26 years old at the time, developed the much coveted boudin which he is famous for today. After a few years of operating in this capacity, he closed the bar and expanded that area into more groceries and meats. By that time, he had hired one part-time employee to assist him. In 1997, the family suffered the misfortune of the store burning down. He was able to salvage some meat boxes and some important papers. Many people thought that he would “hang it up”, but within three months he had rebuilt the store and was back in business!
We are still a small business in a small town with Cajun roots and employ five full-time employees and three part-time workers. T-Jim’s three children, Miche, Jacques, and Noelle, began working in the store at a very young age - cleaning shelves, stocking, and eventually cashiering, all of which taught them a strong work ethic and the value of dealing with customers. Although his wife was never on the payroll, she performed the “behind the scenes” tasks necessary when running a small business. His grandchildren are now asking “Papa” when they can start working in the store. Jim’s son, Jacques, now a partner in the business has added a new line of products that appeal to working moms, health-conscious individuals, and customers in general.
T-Jim has developed his own recipes for pork sausage, hogshead cheese, stuffed gogs, and smoked sausage, to name a few. He is most famous for his fresh pork sausage and stuffed gogs which have been featured in newspaper articles throughout the state and the country for that matter. His sausage has been on the menu at restuarants in New Orleans and Baton Rouge. He has been interviewed on KALB TV in Alexandria and WAFB TV in Baton Rouge (click here). He was also listed in the National Register’s Who’s Who in Executives and Professionals in the 2004-05 Edition.
Although T-Jim’s Grocery and Market is a business; it’s more than just that. It’s a meeting place for the locals and for the ‘out of towners’ who want to come in to chat and find out what’s going on in the little country town of Cottonport and get a sample of those fresh hog cracklins plus a taste of that good ole hot boudin! Everyone loves a good old fashioned get-together in a down home business atmosphere. Laissez les bons temps rouler!