Water Valley (Miss.)
Grimes, an out and proud lesbian executive chef of B.T.C. Old-Fashioned Grocery in Water Valley, was raised in Oxford, Mississippi, on University Avenue, a main thoroughfare of the town. She attended school in Oxford then went on to study English and Hotel & Restaurant Management for two years at the University of Mississippi. She worked as a chef at the Downtown Grill before working as a chef and eventually becoming co-owner of the B.T.C. Grocery. Grimes gives insightful and unguarded responses on life growing up in Oxford and compares it with life in present day Water Valley. She candidly talks about her childhood, and how she was raised by her grandparents after having been abandoned by her parents. Grimes speaks openly about the challenges of creating community and family in Oxford and now in Water Valley. She speaks about her troubled adolescent years, her issues with drug and alcohol use; her search for identity being a lesbian in small-town Mississippi, and her discovery of her passion for cooking and being a chef. Grimes also discusses what life is like for her and her wife, Jaime Harker in small-town Mississippi.
Grimes, Dixie and Knight, Mary, "Grimes, Dixie" (2018). Queer Mississippi Oral History Project. 25.