New Specialty Food Shop Opens

Sisters Emelia Whiteaker and Addi Foster have opened a grocery store in an office on the South Main Strip Mall and are calling it Mmm flavor shop.

Addi Forest. photo submitted.
Emelia Whiteaker is the owner of Momentum Indoor Training. Photo 2018.

“After a major family health diagnosis, I began earning my continuing education credit as a certified athletic trainer on nutrition,” Whiteaker said. “Unfortunately, many herbs, spices and grains were not available in the quality required to maintain nutritional value.”

Whiteaker reached out to friends who are Registered Dietitians and Certified Dietitians to learn where they source their spices and dried herbs.

“This led me to a small, family-owned wholesaler in Arizona,” she said. “Our wholesaler freeze-dries as many of their herbs as they can and they order direct from the farms to ensure higher nutrient levels. From then on everything went on.”

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Chai Latte Oatmeal – made with no additives or preservatives, just oats, freshly ground spices and powdered milk. They also have flavors that are dairy free. photo submitted.

“In April, we presented our products at the Home Show in Fort Scott,” said Whiteaker. “During the rest of the spring and summer we held dealer fairs and markets.”

The business office is in the area behind the Tractor Supply Store where Whiteaker has her sports training shop.

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“We have a converted office space at Momentum Indoor Training that we use as a prep room,” she said. “Our number one goal is to have Mmm flavor shop Supporting an exercise pool for those with chronic health diagnoses who benefit from water aerobics, which is not covered by most insurance policies.”

They just finished working on their website.

“We launched our website this month or we take text orders via direct message on Facebook or text messages at (620) 224-8442,” she said. “If we don’t have it in stock, we can usually order it and receive it within a week.”

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Coriander. photo submitted.

The Company’s products include spices, dried herbs, homemade spice blends, wheat flours, ancient grains, rice, dried beans and lentils, instant oatmeal, ready packets, dried fruits and nuts.

“We blend most of our spice blends and make sure there are no additives or preservatives,” Whiteaker said.

“We also have superfood powders like spirulina, spinach, acai berry and more,” she said. “In October we will add herbal teas, Turkish teas and homemade sweets.”

Spirulina is a superfood packed with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory. It can be added to smoothies, tea, and dishes to boost nutritional content. photo submitted.

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