Main Street has a new business neighbor with the opening of antique shop Mercantile on Main at 1735 W. Main St.
Shop owner and vintage veteran Pam Michel will hold a grand opening noon-6 p.m. Oct. 19 that will include catering from Pembroke Bakery and Café, along with food trucks from Rig-a-Tony's, Spicer's and the Getaway Grill.
Local reuse artist Michael “Hap” Hapner, or the “Cornbelt Cowboy” as he's known, will be selling vinyl record flowers, following his signature “spots and dots” style. Flowers range from $10 to $25 each.
Along with selling antique merchandise, Michel specializes in vintage lighting and restoration work. Her daughters, Adrianna Michel and Hannah Michel, have their own clothing brand, Spry Fashion, for sale in a room upstairs.
One Fort Wayne resident, Debbie Peterson, has known Michel for the past 20 years and said there “is no one else like her in town.” Michel restored Peterson's antique chandelier a few years ago and “had a great eye” for the repairs, Peterson said.
The former residence is hard to recognize from its condition four years ago after being stripped of asbestos-coated siding and rotting woodwork. After years of renovation, the family is ready to get started. Along with creating vintage clothing, Arianna Michel, 24, is a manager of the shop and described its look as similar to Urban Outfitters “because of its raw space.”
In support of Community Harvest Food Bank, patrons who bring a canned food or pantry item to the grand opening will receive 20 percent off their purchase. Among items they might see: A green wing chair priced at $85, an oak plant stand for $195 and a framed vintage advertisement at $8.
The business was on the ARCH Historic Home & Garden Tour in June before it opened.
The last storefront Michel owned was Antiquery on Broadway in the 1980s. She has been in the antique business for 26 years, including the renovation of antique lights in the former Bass Mansion, now called Brookside, at the University of Saint Francis. She bought the West Main Street location with her husband in 2009. The Findlay, Fort Wayne and Western Railroad Passenger Depot has been relocated to the lot on the store's east side.