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Our Story

A passion for quality and presentation is what led to the creation of Thyme & Place Café.  Having worked in the manufacturing side of the food industry for over 25 years, it was time for owner Leslie Philip to shift focus from big to small and local, creating a community in a town that sought food from local growers and producers. 

Thyme & Place Café is a cross-section of restaurant, caterer, and community kitchen, where entrepreneurs can rent to produce and bring their products to market.  We assist with product development, labeling requirements, health department regulations, with some pep talks added for good measure.

Located at the intersection of culinary and community, Moore County and social media have welcomed us, helped us grow, and provided us with smiles and lasting friendships.

We look forward to hosting you at our Café, catering for your event, baking for a special occasion, or just because you want to add something special to your day.

Meet The Staff

Jari Miller | Her experience as a production baker in her own business has benefitted us tremendously, from her beautiful presentation to the variety of products that she makes.  Each Christmas she used to bake over a ton of Italian cookies, made products for seven farmers markets, and now she treats our customers sweetly

Leslie Phillip | Chief Egg Breaker

Emma Andrade | Knowing that she wanted to cook since high school, Emma attended Le Cordon Bleu in California and has worked at fine dining and resorts on the West Coast.  In addition to her creative menu development, her Native American Lumbee and Luiseño tribe affiliations are reflected in meals created for the Café and as a guest chef for special events.

Missy Chapman | Hired as a dishwasher, but she’s so much more!  Missy knows where everything is stored, helps our cook, loves our customers and they love her too.  Basically she keeps everything running smoothly whether at the café or during catering events.

LaDonna Koontz | Front of the house manager, head server, and makes a great cup of coffee. She’s always looking on the sunny side of life; if she were a country she’d be neutral Switzerland.

Jari Miller, Leslie Phillip and Emma Andrande posing inside the store
Missy and LaDonna