Susie Farbin and Diana Hicks opened the doors to MaMa Jean’s in December 2002, but the roots of the business go back more than 30 years from its opening day.
In the late 70’s Susie’s mother, Jean Farbin, made a $300 investment and started selling bulk grains from her basement in Ava, Missouri. This was the beginning of Jean’s Healthway.
When business grew and the staff expanded, Jean’s daughter Susie started working by her side. Over the next 14 years, with her mother as her mentor, Susie took a personal interest in both the business and the benefits of healthy living.
Then, in 1996, Susie met and became friends with Diana Hicks. Diana was already a pillar at O’Reilly Auto Parts at the time, working in internal communications. After seeing the need for a store like Jean’s in Springfield, they set their goal and went to work. A few years later, at 1727 S. Campbell, that goal became a reality and MaMa Jean’s opened for business. The name MaMa Jean’s pays tribute to both of the owner’s mothers, “MaMa” Loweta Hicks and Jean Farbin.
It only took a little over 5 years for MaMa Jean’s to become a Springfield landmark and one that was bursting at the seams. The need for a second location arose and by summer of 2008, the store on Republic Road opened in the first certified “Green Building” in the state. Shortly thereafter, MaMa Jean’s celebrated Diana’s retirement from 30 years at O’Reilly and her full-time addition to management.
By early 2013, after expanding both existing locations, it was time for yet another store and MaMa Jean’s third and largest location opened on east Sunshine.
Today MaMa Jean’s is home to a flourishing, capable staff including both of Susie’s children. Her daughter Kelly is MaMa Jean’s General Manager and her son Jeff is their Grocery Manager.
MaMa Jean’s is proud to be serving the Springfield community the fruits of the family business.
Always buzzing with activity, our bulk department’s high turnover rate means fresh grains, beans, dried fruits, snacks, baking supplies and so much more at the lowest possible price. Help yourself to the exact amount you need in this user-friendly department.
Mama Jean’s has been supporting local since we first opened our doors in 2002. We have local representation in just about every department and we’re proud of it. We seek out businesses that do things the way we do – with passion, personal investment, and a desire to see our community thrive.
From the brewery across town to the vineyard on the other side of the globe, we have selected the very finest elixirs to tantalize your tastebuds without breaking the bank.
It’s pure and simple: we make it here. Using fresh produce, organic grains, antibiotic-free meat and hormone-free dairy products our chefs are cooking up a storm every day. We prepare soups, sandwiches, coffee, smoothies, and even something for your sweet tooth. Gluten-free? Vegan? We’ve got you covered, too.
Food should be nutritious. It should also be delicious and affordable. Our grocery department is the lion’s share of Mama Jean’s and it’s brimming with quality brands, specialty items and sensibly priced staples. We are prepared to accommodate a variety of dietary standards and take pride in offering food to fuel the body, naturally.
Our dried herbs and spices are fresh, full of flavor, and are available from a pinch to a pound. Have a recipe that calls for an unusual seasoning? Come on by. We offer a wide variety of unique ingredients as well as spice rack favorites.
You want to be clean AND you want your ingredient lists to be clean? We don’t think that’s too much to ask. Our personal care department boasts a wide variety of hygiene and cosmetic products that heal, cleanse and beautify at a higher standard.
The only thing we’re calling an apple is an apple. Every one of our fruits and veggies are certified organic or supplied by small farmers in our community. This means no junk, no chemicals and no GMOs.
Round out your healthy lifestyle with supplements suited to your specific needs from a spectrum of trusted brands including New Chapter and Garden of Life. We have granny’s old faithful cod liver oil as well as the latest breakthroughs in natural remedies with a staff knowledgeable enough to help you navigate the waters.