5 S. Main Street, Joseph OR 97846
Mad about Mary
Mary Wolfe, 5th generation Wallowa County resident, has a love of many things; her dog, Annie, the city of Joseph, Wallowa County and retail are but a few...
Retail? Yes, retail. Mary fondly remembers accompanying her mother on her weekly beauty salon trips to Enterprise where her Aunt Ruby owned the Fashion Center nearby. She hung out with her aunt in the store and enjoyed chocolate sodas. That was Mary's initial introduction to retail.
After high school she left the county to earn a degree in Fashion Merchandising, then moved to Umatilla County and managed a clothing store. She soon had the opportunity to return to Wallowa County, where she lived on a family farm and started raising a family. Her interests turned to gardening, canning and crafting. It wasn't long before Mary returned to retail by selling her products at local bazaars.
With great support from the community she opened Country Cottage at Wallowa Lake and slowly grew the business. Her product line went from all self made to mostly purchased items popular with tourists and locals alike.
In the early 2000's Mary outgrew the Country Cottage store and opened another store in Joseph. Wanting a unique name for the new store, and after being told by her Uncle Don that she was crazy to open a year round business, she hit upon the name Mad Mary and Company. With Mary's retail talents the business continued to grow enabling Mary to build her own store where she added an old fashioned soda shop.
For several years it was all about "Everything Fun and Fattening" but due to several reasons, Mary had to close the soda shop. It was now time for a fresher look and a shorter, more accurate name.
Mad Mary's - Everything Fun
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