Mineral’s newest business opened its doors on Nov. 6, both to the community and to support other businesses.
Mineral Mercantile, located in the former home of Mineral Auto Parts on Mineral Avenue, sells refurbished antique furniture. The shop also rents space for small businesses to set up booths and sell their wares.
“I thought, with the size of the space – I’ve got space in the warehouse in the back that I’m hoping to expand into – I’d never be able to fill it by myself, so why not do this?” said Julie Smith, the store’s owner.
Smith is familiar with this sort of arrangement, having sold her refurbished antique furniture at a similar place in Richmond.
“I really enjoyed the atmosphere down there with my fellow vendors,” she said. “It was kind of fun to be part of that group and working toward a common goal.”
After taking time off from selling furniture, Smith recently began looking to get back into business.
“I didn’t want to travel to Richmond, and I didn’t want to be under someone else,” she said. “I always thought Mineral was the coolest little town in the world and I wanted to promote community.”
So far, six vendors have rented space to sell their wares, with a seventh coming soon. Businesses that can be found there include Mapleranda Candle Company, The Right Spot Consignment Shop and Miss Muffett’s Crafty Creations. The building has space for up to 14 vendors, so there are still spaces available for rent.
The mercantile will have regular business hours from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.
To learn more about Mineral Mercantile, visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Mineral-Mercantile-101067548000601. Businesses interested in renting space can reach out to Smith by email at email@example.com.