Merry Mary to launch new  business endeavor

By Rozella Hardin
STAR STAFF
rhardin@starhq.com

   When most people reach that golden age, they settle back and relax -- starting a new business is the farthest thing from their mind. But not Mary Shepherd, who since reaching the golden age of retirement, has started a bed and breakfast in her home on Academy Street, and owns the Merry Mary Antique and Luncheonette on Elk Avenue.
   And, this week, Mary will be launching a new adventure. As of March 15, she closed her luncheonette in her store on Elk Avenue, but she's still going to be cooking. Mary will cook your supper if you would like her to. She will be preparing meals to go, especially for the evening. "It works this way. If you would like me to prepare your evening meal, all you have to do is pick up the phone and call me. I will prepare it, and deliver it, or you may pick it up on your way home," Mary said. "Say, you are having company, and you have to work all day. Just give me a call and I'll fix dinner for you," she explained.
   Inside the Elk Avenue shop, she will have ready-to-heat or ready-to-serve meals to pick up...things like rolls, chicken salad, chicken roll-ups, chicken casseroles, pies, cakes, etc.
   "I already do some evening meals, and have had several requests to do others. I just think it is time to break out and do something different," Mary explained.
   "It will be good home-cooked food. This summer I will do picnics to pick up and go," she said. The luncheonette will be used for parties and dinners by request, she said.
   "I enjoy trying new recipes and new ideas," she said, noting that the meals to go is patterned after a similar business in Atlanta.
   "I have some new salad recipes, casseroles and new desserts in mind," she said.
   Mary, who says she doesn't watch soap operas, enjoys working and meeting people. "I enjoy interacting with people, and I enjoy being able to do the things I do," she explained.