It's been a dream of both of ours for quite a while. We even thought this idea up a year or so ago and nothing came of it because it wasn't the time. But the timing just seems perfect this go around.
Through a lot of collaborating between us, my dad, Justin and some others we decided on the name, Mercantile on Main. ("Mercantile" is an old-fashioned name for stores that carried a variety of goods.) I created the logo design with some help and opinions of my family. My parents found the store on main street and we all started planning.
My mom had a vision for a store that carried repurposed items, trendy vintage, natural products, and other goods. We've been planning and searching out product for a few months now. We've focused on almost all natural, repurposed, local artisan goods, and products that have a story and support a cause.
Some other products we're carrying:
-New items from lines such as Natural Life, Country House, May Books, Itzy Ritzy, and more.
-Repurposed and vintage items
-Local artisan goods such as jewelry, handcrafted stuffed animals, pillow case dresses, hair bows, burlap letters, art, etc.
-Natural/organic body products and home items from lines such as Beecology and Good Fortune
-Products that have a "give back" mentality
Our second floor is full of awesome vintage and antiques that my dad has been collecting for years! And I've had the opportunity to work on my own art to add into the store, as well as help build a kids section that is a work in progress and will be ever-evolving!
It has been so humbling to already see how God has used our store to support such amazing causes, such as Thistle Farms products that support the Magdalene Community in Nashville, which helps women who have escaped a life of abuse and prostitution. We've also listened as local artists (such a single moms) have shared how us carrying their products have been an answer to prayer.
We prayed early on and committed our plans to God, asking him to use us and or store. It's our prayer He continues to do that as we officially begin our journey this Saturday when we open!
|store front all ready and just waiting on our sign we will get on Friday! the store front was the same green you see on the far right corner until we painted today!|
|some of the Natural Life goodies|
|little Miss A "helping" us get set up...she's seriously been so fun and sweet in the store so far!|