Cynthia Billhartz Gregorian
The Kansas City Star
WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Sisters Mary Mosley and Deborah Jones have been working as professional pitmasters and owners of Jones Bar-B-Q for more than three decades. Their story of success is now being featured on Lifetime network TV.
KANSAS CITY, Kan.
Jones Bar-B-Q is run out of a tiny former taco stand in Kansas City, Kan.
But owners and sisters Mary Jones Mosley and Deborah Jones are drawing national media outlets to their doorstep.
The latest to come calling is the Lifetime network, which is featuring the sisters in an online campaign called “Her America: 50 women, 50 States,” which launched Feb. 12.
Mary, 57, is a fan of the television network so when she answered the first phone call from a Lifetime producer telling her she wanted to feature her and Deborah, 60, in the campaign, Mary thought it was a prank.
“I told the lady to give me a phone number where I could actually call the Lifetime station back” says Mary, as she served customers recently inside the to-go eatery. “Sure enough, she gave me a number, and she emailed us with the Lifetime logos and the whole nine yards.”
Deborah chimes in, “But they kept calling back and talking, and I said, ‘Shorty (her nickname for Mary), I don’t think this is a joke.’ Then they sent the paperwork for us to sign and send back, then when the crew showed up, I said, ‘This is for real, Shorty.’ ”
The network created the campaign following the 2016 presidential election, “when America seemed more fractured than ever … to capture the truth about women’s lives in America, bringing them closer together and amplifying the voices that go unheard and unrecognized,” says a press release promoting the campaign.
Mary and Deborah have been working as professional pitmasters and owners of Jones Bar-B-Q for more than three decades. The latest incarnation, in the one-time taco stand, is near Wild Woody’s Happy Foods West at 6706 Kaw Drive.