Sugar Bowl to recognize Mary O'Leary after 20 years of service

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Mary O'Leary of Storm Lake says she's enjoyed the friendships she's made over the 20 years she's worked at The Sugar Bowl Gift Shop in Storm Lake.

"I've worked with a lot of people over the years," she says. "I've made a lot of friendships."

On Sept. 17, O'Leary will be recognized for her service with 'O'Leary Day' with coffee and cake served all day after a Chamber coffee. "Customers can also get 20 percent off their purchase to celebrate Mary's anniversary," says Molly Wilson, co-owner of the shop.

O'Leary began working at the Sugar Bowl in 1989. "My kids were through school and I was bored so I needed a part-time job," she says. O'Leary also works on the family farm.

Wilson says O'Leary has been a "jack of all trades," over the years, helping out with whatever tasked needed doing. "She's wonderful and our customers love her. She knows everybody's names," says Wilson. She also noted that O'Leary always remembers special events in customer's lives like birthdays and anniversaries.

O'Leary and her husband John, live in rural Storm Lake. They have a son, Pat of Waukee and a daughter, Suzanne of Santa Fe, N.M. and have two grandchildren.

The Sugar Bowl has been in Storm Lake since 1951 and was originally located a block south of its current location on Lake Avenue.

Other anniversaries at the shop include Mike Kohler, 6 years; Molly Wilson, 13 years; Jean Sievers, 8 years; Holly Schipper, 5 years and Audrey Oatman, 5 years.