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Wimauma sisters open Mabry's Market with emphasis on locally grown

WIMAUMA — For nearly two decades, south county residents with an appreciation for the freshest and healthiest foods have patronized My Mother's Garden.

Sisters Susan Bishop and Kathy Oliver have offered organic herbs and eggs and grass-fed beef, grown and raised on their Wimauma farm, since 1992. Through their website, they also provide a way for their customers to buy meat, dairy products and produce from other area farmers.

Now Bishop and Oliver have brought their food philosophy to a traditional grocery store setting. They opened Mabry's Market on April 27.

"We just decided we wanted a brick-and-mortar place," Bishop said.

Mabry's Market had kind of a running start, Bishop said, because it came with a built-in customer base.

"We already had our customers from the website," she said. "So they had to spend the first week finding us. But business has been going pretty well so far."

Everything Bishop and Oliver grow and raise on their farm is organic. Mabry's Market will offer a wider variety of foods. But the sisters will always prefer to stock organic foods when they're available, and they'll opt for locally grown foods over imports. They may have to look to southern Georgia to get tomatoes at certain times of year, Bishop said, but they'll never bring in strawberries from California.

They've made connections with a lot of area farmers through their own farm and its website ( mymothersgarden.com). The website offers an online farmer's market through which customers can select items from a weekly list of food available from local farms. Customers pick up their purchases on Saturday.

Many of those same farmers will offer their crops at Mabry's Market. Oliver and Bishop are also looking for other area farmers, and even backyard gardeners, to help keep the market stocked with fresh and local herbs, fruits and vegetables.

Mabry's Market is named for the sisters' grandmother, Eloise Mabry Bayly, the sister of Dale Mabry.

It's located at 5129 State Road 674, a mile east of U.S. 301 between Wimauma and Sun City Center. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday. Call (813) 642-0191 or visit the market's Facebook page, facebook.com/mabrysmarket.

Oakley sets up shop at Westfield Brandon

You may think of Oakley as the company that makes those cool sunglasses. And then you'd be really surprised when you visit the new Oakley store at Westfield Brandon mall.

Sure, there are plenty of sunglasses and even Oakley frames that opticians can fill with prescription lenses. But the store also stocks a full line of apparel, shoes, sandals and accessories.

The Oakley store opened April 24.

"It's been going great," assistant manager Adam Overholt said. "We've got a great location. We're pretty much right by the food court."

It's only the second Oakley store in Hillsborough County. The other is at International Plaza in Tampa. The company also has what it calls a "vault" store in Ellenton, where it sells off-season items at a discount.

Oakley is open from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Call (813) 685-1467 or visit Oakley.com.

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Wimauma sisters open Mabry's Market with emphasis on locally grown 05/06/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 5, 2010 5:08pm]
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