“We had a large grocery section with imported groceries that you couldn’t find in most other stores at the time,” she said. “Things that are everywhere today, like capers, pasta from Italy, real Parmesan and ham, olive oil and special types of vinegar.”
Mecca was also the place where people who wanted to brew beer and wine at home could get their supplies.
“That was a big deal for us for a while,” said Culbreath. “And Charlie was the expert on it. But when he decided to stop working in the store, we gave up. For one thing, beer making was just too hard for the girls who worked for us to carry it around. And then the microbreweries got really strong in Oklahoma. “
The shop had a deli counter where people could order takeaway sandwiches (“We didn’t have any seating in the old shop,” Culbreath said), and installed a special display case for a short time to showcase the work of a local chocolatier.
“Those were really nice chocolates,” said Culbreath. “The only problem was that after a while you got a bit of chocolate and all you could taste was cumin or some other spice that we had ground. The chocolate just seemed to take in everything that was in the air, so we had to stop. “
Today’s Mecca still offers an assortment of cooking utensils, locally produced foods, and a wide variety of home furnishings. The olive oils and vinegars remain popular, and Culbreath said the business has sold more and more teas in recent years.