The story of how this lovely little shop came to be is a good tale...or so we're told.
First off, like many great narratives, this one too, starts with a love story. I won't go into too much detail, but basically....
Boy lives in an old dirty farmhouse, boy meets girl, girl likes boys charm, boy likes girls smile, boy and girl fall in love, boy buys girl a ring, girl says yes!, girl moves into dirty old farmhouse, girl makes boy promise that they will build their own farmhouse one day, boy says yes!, small town wedding, two pink lines, two pink lines again, girl reminds boy of promise of new farmhouse, girl finds small abandoned acreage for sale, boy and girl spend 3 years cleaning up small abandoned acreage, boy builds farmhouse, boy and girl and little girls move in, girl realizes they need furniture, boy says no money, girl makes grumpy face, girl decides to build her own coffee table, coffee table turns out great, boy and girl build a few more pieces, girl starts Etsy shop, 3 sales in first 3 days, girl starts building orders as quick as she can, girl can't keep up, boy helps, boy and girl can't keep up, girl hires local help, local help can't keep up, girl builds workshop next to Farmhouse, girls hires more help, Etsy shop keeps growing, shop gets crowded, new furniture designs need somewhere to be stored, girl decides to open store in small town, boy makes grumpy face, girl does it anyways, and the rest, as they say, is History.
Since that day in October 2014 when girl opened her Etsy shop, sales have continued to grow far past her wildest dreams. The furniture business through Etsy is still in full swing under the name Salt Creek Farmhouse, because all the furniture is in deed built on a farm. There are 5 carpenters that build build build, all day long, and year after year, they get busier and busier. Another little girl joined the family in Spring 2017 and then a huge newspaper article done on Salt Creek Farmhouse in Winter of 2017 gave an even bigger boost in sales. After that, the need for more space for all the new designs that girl had scribbled down in her "Big Book of Ideas" became a real conversation. Girl started looking at any and all open spaces in their small town. Some too small, others too much work, and some too far away from downtown. The store was a dream, but girl started to worry it may not happen. In April 2017, girl made a phone call not expecting an answer. To her surprise, the call was returned and by June, she held the keys to the perfect space in a beautiful, historic corner building to open her dream store. In August 2018, after many late nights, and even more drywall dust covered pizzas, the dream opened to the public. Opening day was a complete success, and more than girl and boy could have ever imagined. The buzz has grown a little bit more every day since, and our hearts are full.
At Salt Creek Mercantile, you may come in the first time to simply check it out, but you'll come back again for so much more. It's like home. You may wander away, but you come back to the place that has a piece of your heart. It's comforting, it's friendly, it's pretty, and girl hand pours all the candles in store, so it smells pretty nice in there too. ;)
We can't wait to see you again.