10th Street Super Stop

It’s not rare for a local business to be a gathering place for a group of friends. Or even a group of strangers, soon to be friends. Especially in a small town.

What might seem strange – at first glance, at least- is that one of the most popular places to get together doesn’t fit the usual mold.

Actually, it kind of breaks the mold.

To be sure, the 10th Street Super Stop is way more than your average corner gas station. Along with everyday convenience store items such as beer, pop, chips, candy and small grocery goods, the 10th Street Super Stop also supplies animal feed, farm and ranch products, nails, oil, grease, shop towels … truly, a little bit of everything a customer might need at home, in the shop or on the ranch.

Kenny Osier manages the Super Stop as a division of St. Joe Oil, which opened the business nearly two years ago. Since then, Kenny has made a few changes, the most notable being what makes the store unique. That much is obvious by the crowd of friends that gathers daily for a cup of coffee at the small table near the cash register or by the group of children who meets for an ice cream after school.

Kenny and his employees have turned a corner gas station into a meeting place.

As is often the case with small-town businesspeople, motivations are planted root-deep. Kenny’s story is no different; he is a lifelong St. Maries resident and has been married to his wife, Jennifer, for 17 years. Jennifer works at the store nearly every day, and they have two children. Kenny and Jennifer are actively involved with local charitable organizations; both volunteer their time coaching at the annual Upward Basketball and Cheerleading program at the St. Maries Church of the Nazarene, and Kenny is a member of the board of directors of the St. Maries Foundation for Education.

Kenny and Jennifer Osier opened the St. Maries Co-op as a division of St. Joe Oil Co two years ago. Their children, Ryan and Aubree, spend a lot of time at the store with their parents.

Kenny and Jennifer Osier opened the  10th Street Super Stop as a division of St. Joe Oil Co two years ago. Their children, Ryan and Aubree, spend a lot of time at the store with their parents.

For the Osiers, it just made sense to make their work an extension of home: welcoming, comfortable. 

At first glance, though, 10th Street Super Stop is a gas station – a gas station with a group of regulars. Because as is often the case with locally-owned and operated outfits, customers drop by for far more than a fill-up or a bag of feed, they stop in to catch up.