The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Local News

July 7, 2013

Jo Ellis: Carthage shop owner planning grand opening

CARTHAGE, Mo. — As a part-time photographer and busy mother of two daughters, Tiffany Malcolm would buy her health supplements from Marianne Willis at Oak Street Health and Herbs. The two became good friends, and Malcolm would occasionally fill in at the store, giving Marianne some time off.

Eventually, Marianne asked Tiffany if she would like to buy the store. “I said no,” Tiffany said, “but somehow I ended up buying it. Since then, it’s really become my passion. It’s definitely been more interesting than I thought it would be.”

Tiffany has taken the business a step further by relocating to a larger building in the heart of south Carthage. She changed the name of the business to Oak Street Natural Market, even though it’s located on Garrison Avenue, across from the former Howard Chevrolet dealership.

“I wanted to keep (Oak Street) in the name to honor Marianne, who had the business for 11 years, and because customers are familiar with it,” Tiffany said.

A larger retail space allows her to add bulk products, a produce cooler and new inventory to the shelves. “We are going to have locally sourced produce and package bulk items ourselves, things like tea, rice, dried beans, oats, grains and seeds, so (customers) can buy it cheaper.”

She said a lot of people who have to eat gluten-free diets need to buy several types of flours in small quantities, and bulk products will allow them to do that cost-effectively.

She bought the store with the intention of putting in a kitchen so she could make smoothies and serve other packaged or prepared health treats. The age of the Oak Street building and its space restrictions prevented her from doing that. Now, however, as soon as she completes an upstairs office, she will focus on a kitchen and a small seating area where she can serve the smoothies.

“Everything I buy, I personally research the company,” she said. “My customers get top-quality products with no GMOs or things full of fillers.”

 The companies she works with also test their products as to strength and content. “It gives customers more confidence,” she said.

The attractive building was remodeled almost from the ground up. She said only a concrete floor and three walls were left standing before reconstruction began. She shares the building with Life Choices. Although the building faces Garrison Street, the entrance and parking are in the back.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Tiffany has a goal of Aug. 2-3 for a grand opening.

Personally, I love the raw honey that Oak Street Natural Market carries. And if Tiffany is an example of her products, I better buy some of those supplements, too. Her youthful appearance and trim figure belie the fact that she has a new grandson.

Text Only
Local News
  • Last two safe room projects up for Joplin School Board approval

    The Joplin Board of Education during its meeting tonight will consider more than $2.4 million in bid packages for safe rooms at Columbia and West Central elementary schools.

    April 20, 2014

  • AndraBryanStefanoni.jpg Andra Bryan Stefanoni: Mosaic pieces together purpose

    Today I want to tell you about a man named John — a man I never knew existed until last week. And yet he’s making a difference in my community. He is an individual served by Mosaic of Southeast Kansas, which also, I learned, is making a difference.

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • 042017 Jo Ellis_c.jpg Jo Ellis: Carthage Historic Preservation to re-create trolley era

    Recapturing history is difficult, but recapturing history without a building, an artifact or a singular focal point is even harder. To celebrate National Historic Preservation Month, Carthage Historic Preservation wants to recapture an era and an experience that have been gone from the city for almost 80 years: the era of the trolley (or tram) cars that provided public transportation.

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • SusanRedden.jpg Susan Redden: Candidates for associate judge address GOP group

    The response was all but unanimous among four candidates seeking two Jasper County associate circuit judge positions. Asked to cite the biggest obstacle to justice in Jasper County, three of the four said the most prevalent challenge is getting the needed time on a busy court docket.

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Money to area lawmakers slows down but doesn’t stop

    With the Legislature back in session, the flow of campaign cash to local candidates has slowed. But in this election year, the money did not completely stop. All members of the local delegation to the Missouri General Assembly are on the ballot this year, but only two lawmakers are facing opposition.

    April 20, 2014

  • Joplin City Council to hear baseball plan details

    Proposed redevelopment plans for Joe Becker Stadium will be discussed with the Joplin City Council in a work session at the end of its regular meeting tonight. The WLD Suarez partnership has obtained a franchise of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball that succeeds the El Paso (Texas) Diablos.

    April 20, 2014

  • 041814 EPA projects5_72.jpg Contaminated mine tailings could be used on west bypass

    About 500 acres of former mining land at Wildwood Ranch have been reclaimed by contractors working for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. More than 1 million cubic yards of contaminated mine tailings in the form of chat and waste rock have been consolidated in a surface repository that someday could be part of the roadbed for a limited-access highway that transportation planners hope to build on the west side of Joplin.

    April 20, 2014 4 Photos

  • 041914 Wedding1_72.jpg VIDEO: Cancer patient walks down aisle in wedding thrown by friends

    A year ago, Schandera Jordan was diagnosed with a rare form cervical cancer. And months after a radical hysterectomy, doctors confirmed the worst: The cancer had spread to her lungs and pancreas.

    April 19, 2014 2 Photos

  • 0420earthday.jpg Prairie State Park kicks off Earth Day events

    Prairie State Park began celebrating Earth Day early with an event Saturday that provided a chance for people of all ages to learn more about how they can protect the environment.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • r041614giregabby.jpg SLIDE SHOW: Teen with cystic fibrosis finds widespread support

    When the Nevada Show Choir performs its spring show on stage, it’s impossible to pick out the student with cystic fibrosis because there are no outward clues.
    Gabby Gire, 18, is just another performer. She sings, she dances, she smiles for the audience.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo 1 Slideshow

Must Read


The United States is considering deploying about 150 soldiers for military exercises to begin in Poland and Estonia in the next few weeks, following Russia's buildup of forces near its border with Ukraine. Do you think we should deploy these troops?

     View Results
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter