OKLA. CITY – Marisa Hernandez loves tapping into her creative side.
“I make everything from scratch, she said. “Just take the material, start pinning everything together and that’s what I get.”
She sells her stuff around town and earlier this year purchased vendor space at Trendy Treasures Market.
“We signed in January [and] paid our dues. She was so un-organized. She never got a contract for us.”
The partnership didn’t last long.
Vendors say Trendy Treasure’s owner, Kim Rivera, shut her doors for good last month without notifying anyone first.
Kirsten Mains says Rivera owes her and other vendors a refund.
We’ve learned Rivera is an ordained minister and she obtained her credentials online.
She also claims to run a charity that helps battered woman.
“I was told the money to went Adelpha Ministries,” Mains said. “Anything we paid, whether it was vendor costs or donations or whatever percentage, automatically went to the ministries.
We checked with the state.
Their records show Adelpha Ministries is not registered as a charity in Oklahoma.
For weeks we tried getting in touch with Rivera.
Her phone numbers are no longer in service.
We emailed her and stopped by her house.
We even tracked down her former landlord who tells the In Your Corner team Rivera still owes him rent money.
We’ll keep you posted on things.