SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A store focusing on organic foods is expanding its reach. A building on East Sunshine Street will be home to Mama Jean's Natural Market's third location this spring. They credit their success to their focus on healthy eating.
They pride themselves on being Springfield's local organic market for everything from food to household items, to pet supplies and health and beauty items.
Every item sold at Mama Jean's is researched to make sure that it has no hormones, no antibiotics, no artificial sweeteners, colors, or additives. Store officials say they didn't open the store with the intentions of appealing to a specific niche of customer, but it just so happens that healthy eating is something that appeals to nearly everyone.
"I am always amazed by the wide variety of our customer base, everybody eats every day so I haven't really ever noticed one particular type of person coming in here," marketing coordinator Amy Harmon said. "People come in here because they're interested in what they're eating and they want a better connection with their food."
"I think that conventionally grown foods right now, unfortunately there's a lot of pesticides and a lot of things that I don't really want in my body," shopper Desiree Dixon said. "I guess that's more or less it. I want to take care of myself."
Another reason for Mama Jean's success, they say, is their involvement in the community. For example, they offer cooking classes for the community that teach healthy recipes, if you're interested in signing up for one of their classes, check out their website here.
They hope to have their third location here on east Sunshine open by April. It will have the same store hours as the other two locations, Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.