Miss Mary’s Market is the only grocery and produce provider in the downtown district of Okmulgee. From it’s opening, Miss Mary’s has become a favorite destination for shoppers and visitors alike. The Market offers many “Made in Oklahoma” products with hopes of adding more in the future. They provide fruit, vegetable and sandwich trays to individuals and offer catering on a limited basis. Their produce is top quality with dairy, bread, coffee, and seasonal flowers and plants available. They deliver to shut-ins and the elderly as well as to shops, schools and businesses throughout town.
Miss Mary is the 32 year old daughter of Rick and Jill Rhodes. She has Down Syndrome. Vocational opportunities were becoming limited for Mary and her parents were searching for a “purpose” for Mary without having to commute to Tulsa or Oklahoma City. With limited reading and fine motor skills as well as a speech impediment, possibilities for Mary were scarce. But determined parents are not to be thwarted!
Mary is the delightful marketing spokesperson for Miss Mary’s Market! She is the face and passion of this establishment. Her responsibilities include, but aren’t limited to, greeting customers, bagging and stamping (decorating sacks), stocking, and prepping salads and veggie cups. Mary can often be seen in their cute little red electric car delivering lunches and snacks throughout the community with her mother or sister, Sarah.
Their 5 year goal is to employ and train others with developmental delays and act as a vocational training site for such. The long-term goal is to change community perspectives toward people with disabilities. Miss Mary’s Market has proven to be a huge asset to the community and continues to expand. Be sure to stop in at 114 West 8th Street and say hello! You can also follow them on Facebook at facebook.com/missmarysmarket, browse online at www.missmarysmarket.com and call 918.752.7070 during operating hours to place an order for local delivery, pick up, or curbside delivery.