Lola’s Oriental Grocery opens in Libby

By Brian Baxter

Rachel & Mary-Ann at the new store. . Photo by Brian Baxter,
The Montanian.



There is a new Oriental food store that has opened up at 513 Mineral Avenue, and it is certainly an authentic establishment. Mary-Ann Murer, is from the Philippines, and when talking with The Montanian, she said, “I’ve always wanted to open a grocery store. Where I come from they call it a Sari Sari store. Small, but plentifully stocked with cooking goods and snacks, ect.”

The store is immaculately clean, organized, and very colorfully decorated. Mary-Ann also said, “It’s something different in our small town of Libby, to bring some other culture here and let people learn how to cook some authentic Oriental food.”

When talking with Mary-Ann and the family, it was an upbeat experience with lots of smiling faces, and good sense of humor. It’s definitely a family affair, and the day we talked, Mary-Ann’s friend Rachael was there and we joked around a lot. Mary-Ann has a daughter named Mara, and she is twelve years old, and in Mary-Ann’s words ” A very thoughtful young lady.” Mrs. Murer’s husband Tony is a Navy Veteran who served in Desert Storm 1990-1991. She also has two step children, Brandon Murer, who helps maintain the cleanliness of the store and Shelby Aarstad, who lives with her husband James and two children in Hayden Lake, Ida. Mary-Ann also has two grand kids, Brayden and Jaxton, who call her Lola, which means grandma and that is why Mary-Ann named her Oriental food store in Libby Lola’s.

Mary-Ann told us that most of what she has now is seasoning and sauces used in cooking certain dishes. She also has plenty of snacks for the kids plus a few drinks. There are also a variety of noodles for stir fry or other dishes and jasmine rice and sticky rice for making deserts. She has them in different quantities. There are some frozen products such as siopao (shoo pow), frozen fish, milk fish and a few other items. Mary-Ann offers canned fish and sardines. And her specialty is homemade take and bake lumpin or egg rolls. They are made with beef or chicken, and are dipped in a spring sauce that she also sells. Tempted, I had to try some and they were delicious. Make sure you get enough for the big eaters in the family.

Mary Ann has lived in Libby now for 26 years and she said, “I am very grateful to call Libby my home. I just wanted to add something different to our community. I will be slowly adding products over time, and getting better freezers for more frozen items and a fridge to have ice cold drinks.” And in summary Mary Ann added, “Thank you Libby for all the support so far especially with the problems our country is having at the moment. I will work hard on keeping stocked up on product, but with the Covid-19, the warehouses are struggling a bit also. So please be patient and I will take requests to see if they are available. Thank you all again for shopping at Lola’s.” Mary-Ann Murer also runs Tidy-Up House Cleaning, and you can reach her at 293-8973 or 291-8559.

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Photo Below: CPMC’s Nicole Kapan, Registered Dietician. Photo courtesy of Cabinet Peaks Medical Center.


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Photo Below: CPMC’s Nicole Kapan, Registered Dietician. Photo courtesy of Cabinet Peaks Medical Center.