Old Sweetwater

Old Sweetwater

Friday, November 13, 2009

The Mercantile

The 115 year old main store welcomes you with the aroma of freshly ground coffee and a cheerful woman in an apron asking if she could get you a mug of coffee or tea...not a Styrofoam cup....a ceramic mug. Nice.
  • As you walk on the old plank wooden floors, you notice there's beautiful copper hanging on the tongue and groove ceiling overhead and on several shelves. (photos 1 and 2) Notice the old grates in the ceiling in photo one?
  • There's a huge selection of gourmet foods, including those from Rothschild Farms, Jake and Amos, Wind and Willow and Olde Westport Spice. Did I say a HUGE selection? Huge.
  • It's a kitchen gadget mecca. And here is a wall about 20 feet long crammed with aprons of every description for adults and even a few for children (center photo)
  • And there is dinnerware from floor to ceiling  - room after room after room. 
  • Sure there are fragrant lotions and soaps, cookbooks, teapots and unbelievable tea selections.
  • Of course they carry cookware that absolutely makes you drool.  
  • But it's the owners, Becky and Chris Glaze that keep CM a favorite of so many. Becky will be found welcoming you, stocking shelves or waiting on customers. Today her daughter who had a half day off from school was helping out. Chris walked in the back door, probably on his way to the next item on his list that needed to be done.
  • They don't have online orders yet, but maybe someday. In the meantime, I'll just have to "represent" and shop there!


Kathleen Grace said...

I could sure spend a couple hours in a place like that! Look at all those aprons!

Jayme said...

Where is that wonderful store!? I'd love to spend an afternoon there.

Oh, and I too, always pronounce those silly words for the verification....never thought of making up meanings though...lol.

Karen said...

Okay... I'll be on the next flight to Missouri (I am assuming this is where this store is located) so I can shop til I drop! This looks like a two-day project... at least. Thanks for bringing this to our attention. Please let us know when they do start offering online shopping.
Have a wonderful day.
Ladybug Creek

Brinda Baker Meier said...

Jenean, Im ready to move to Cockrell, MO.! I want to visit all five cottages. I can spend hours and $$$ in stores like CM. They need online shopping ASAP.

Madelief said...

Hi Janean,

What a lovely store. It looks like you can find everything there. We don't have such little shops like that in Holland any more.

Have a good weekend!

groetjes, Madelief

Annabelle said...

Wow...I sure could spend some time there. I love the ceilings & walls. And all the other stuff, too. :)

~The South Dakota Cowgirl~ said...

oh. my. goodness.
i love that store.
i want to go to that store.
i need to go to that store.
where is that that store?

Darlene said...

That looks and sounds like a FABULOUS store! Love the pictures!!

Scientific Housewife said...

Looks amazing, I would love a place like that near me. Have a great weekend!

SueWis said...

Oh boy, I would go absolutely nuts in that store! I love everything they have to offer!

Camilla at home said...

What a great store!

Have a happy weekend:)

Dogwood said...

Oh, lovely shop. I want to go there. Have you even been in the sweet "gold rush" towns of CA Grass Valley and Nevada City. You would love them. Lots of wonderful old buildings and interesting history.

Have a great weekend.

Lisa@Pickles and Cheese said...

Looks like the kind of shop that I could spend hours browsing around in. I would love to look through that row of what looks like aprons.

Suz said...

Oh my gosh.....heaven!

June said...

Hi Janean, I love places like this. I used to frequent one in Boise when I would visit my daughter's. I can spend forever looking at all the wares in them.

Just Breathe said...

I want to go there. It looks amazing!

Lynn said...

Awesome pictures of maples! Silly me, I never knew maples grew in Kansas. I am from the NE originally and think the NE with the maples. I think of Kansas as the prairie. Tumbleweeds not maples. Thank you for showing me how wrong I was! I would love to see that town someday in the Fall.

Anonymous said...


Just saying hello while I read through the posts

hopefully this is just what im looking for looks like i have a lot to read.

Anonymous said...

Good day!

It is my first time here. I just wanted to say hi!

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