The Goody Goody Omelet House


Me and Mrs. Mayhew

Me and Mrs. MayhewThe Legacy of Mrs. Ida Jean Mayhew

The Legacy of Mrs. Ida Jean Mayhew and the Goody Goody Omelet House

If you’ve lived in Wilmington, North Carolina for any length of time, you’re familiar with the orange roof of the Goody Goody Omelet House as it has been a staple off of Market Street since 1977.

For so many, The Goody is much more than Just Good Food. In fact, it has a legacy all of its own.

Since the days of being carried in a carseat, I have been a regular at the Goody Goody. When I began writing my first book, I knew the Goody’s story belonged within the pages.

Mrs. Ida Jean Mayhew is the matriarch of The Goody and she has a story that has become a long-lost treasure in our culture. Every morning, she wakes up at midnight to open her family’s small diner and has been doing so for nearly forty years.

Watch the video below, a tribute to Mrs. Mayhew. If you’d like to learn more about her story in my book, visit



About the Author

Matt Ham is dedicated to guiding others toward rich living. His own experiences have led him to the understanding and freedom of a rich life, and through his RICH Principles he helps folks uncover true richness, identifying real treasure and discovering true joy and contentment.

A successful small-business owner, Matt’s proudest title is that of husband and dad. Matt and his wife, Liz, have three sons, of whom the younger two are identical twins. An avid triathlete, Matt trains and competes in races of various distances throughout the year, including the Half Ironman. Matt holds a degree in Communications with minors in Religious Studies and Statistics from North Carolina State University, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. Matt and his family make their home in Wilmington, North Carolina.

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    […] I had just left church with a friend and we were on our way to meet my family for lunch at The Goody Goody Omelet House when I received the phone […]

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