The Saranac Lake Village Mercantile (formerly The Community Store) now has a e-commerce website that can help make holiday shopping easy, especially for shipping Adirondack-made and inspired products. Now, as well as offering items available in-store, the Mercantile is expanding its product offering through new partnerships with local non-profits.
Adirondack Carousel products are already available on villagemerc.com and, according to Village Mercantile board members, discussions are underway with Eagle Island (a former Adirondack Great Camp now a summer camp to help empower girls and women) and other organizations. The Village Mercantile is hoping to provide a platform for not-for-profits to showcase and sell their merchandise on the internet to audiences who share a common love for the Adirondacks.
The Village Mercantile has come a long way. When it first opened its doors in 2011, the town of 5,000 had few, if any, places to buy a pair of socks. A grass-roots group formed and sold shares at $100 apiece, raising over $500,000 to opened The Community Store. The name was changed to The Village Mercantile in 2018.
Among the products the store sells are North Country-ready winter and work clothes, housewares, handmade Adirondack crafts, environmentally-friendly kitchen aids, and tastes of the North Country. The web store is especially geared to those made-in-the-Adirondacks crafts and other items from artisans who live in the Adirondacks.
There are eco-friendly items like reusable glass straws, Swedish dish towels, beeswax wraps, lunch and snack pouches, reusable maple syrup containers; Adirondack books, maps, and photo cards; and more.
There is beaded jewelry from Adirondack vendor Wizard Island Designs; balsam pillows from Moody Farms and tinctures and teas from the Birch Boys of Tupper Lake.
The store on Main Street is chock full of clothing, accessories, natural health aids, lots of maple products, household items and other everyday needs.
For more information on the Village Mercantile e-commerce site or the store at 97 Main Street, call (518) 354-8173 or email [email protected]
Photo of shelf at the Saranac Lake Village Mercantile provided.