By Jocelyn Pedersen
The Moore American
MOORE — A unique pairing of indoor and outdoor items is available at a Moore establishment. Cheri Milburn and her daughter, Kristi Wilson, owners, have come up with a twist on a traditional theme by offering something for everyone at Jim’s Mower Service and General Store, 1550 S. Eastern.
At one end of the building, is the tried-and-true outdoor power equipment sales, service and parts shop and at the other is a wide variety of made-in-Oklahoma gifts, foods and confections. Customers can buy a Wright or Dickson zero-turn ratio mower at one end and do their gift shopping at the other.
“There has always been a general store as part of the mower shop,” Cheri Milburn said, explaining the inventory of gas cans, trash bags, rakes and shovels, but Milburn wanted to do more. So, about a year ago, she expanded into gift baskets featuring made-in-Oklahoma products.
Milburn and Wilson offer Bedre chocolates from Ada, Triple AAA root beer-an Oklahoma City product since the 1930s, Scott Farm soup mixes, old fashioned candies, meat rubs and rice mixes, Renos pickles, Eagle Rub seasonings and bar-be-que sauces from Edmond, Wild Horse Canyon Farms jellies and syrups from Luther, Ms. Netties herbs, spices and teas from Norman and Mema’s salsas and candies jalapeño peppers from Tulsa-just to name a fraction of the inventory.
Home decorating items such as cheese boards, olive oil bottles, recipe boxes, silicone baking molds and spatulas are available as are Beyond A Bag products.
Milburn has a variety of baskets in shapes including Oklahoma, cowboy boots and hats, hearts and houses-which are popular housewarming gifts. She will customize any basket or container with a patron’s choice of goodies and always has something made up for a quick gift idea.
“I’ve tried several different things from there from time to time and they’ve all been really good,” Michelle Shaw, customer, said. “Cheri is always helpful in making suggesting for people. They’ve always been really friendly and helpful. And they ship, too.”
The General Store caters to not only individual customers, but to corporate ones as well. Robert Greenwell, an interior designer with Mathis Brothers said, “I just love those folks.” Greenwell said he purchased made-in-Oklahoma gift baskets for his employees. “They took such good care of me last Christmas. It was incredible. No stress,” Greenwell said. “They were made up so beautifully. I’m going to do it again this year.”
Tabitha Bertoch, Front Counter Assistant on the mower side of the business said sometimes when people come in for mower parts or service, they wander down to the general store side of the building to look around. “It’s really neat,”Bertoch said. “Some people are looking for made-in-Oklahoma items and they’re extremely happy to find them.”
Jim’s mower service has been in business for 21 years, and after Jim Milburn retired, he sold the business name to his wife and daughter. Now technicians in the back take the same care as Jim did when he fixed equipment. This is the first year for the general store, and it’s just what Cheri Milburn wants to do.
“I retire in September from the FAA and this is what I’ll do full time while my daughter does the service end,” Milburn said. “I love it. This is what I want to do. I worked for the government for 36 years. It’ll be fun. You meet a lot of people traveling through who stop and get things from Oklahoma.”
For more information, call the store at 405-794-5678 or visit www.generalstorenmoore.com.