Sunday, February 10, 2008

Courthouse Square Dry Goods Shop / Mercer, Pa.

I promised my first post would be my favorite shop, so here goes. The dry goods store was at one time a corner market. From what I am told there was not a better place to get your meat. I can only remember as a teenager the great aroma and the cool creaky screen door and the wooden floors, those are all still there, but the aroma is now Yankee Candle.

I think just the front window says relax come on in and enjoy! When you get inside the people are always friendly too. The shop is not large but it is a multi dealer store that is nicely stocked. You can find hard wood furnishings, lamps, lace and linens, kitchen gadgets, fiesta ware, depression glass, hats and jewelry, or ‘fixer upper deals’. My husband has even found some patent medicine bottles which are not the daily finds in most shops! They also have a few ’crafters’ that specialize in vintage look alikes, but they are clearly marked as such.

This shop has such a nice cross section anyone will find something they enjoy. If you are interested in local art the late Tom Schubert’s paintings are on sale here too. For those of you that don’t know, Mr. Schubert was the art teacher in Grove City and called Mercer home. He was my favorite teacher and my children were also lucky enough to have him for art as well. They will always remember him directing traffic for the literary parade…he always made you feel cared for. Anyway, sorry about that little side trip but that is what the DRY GOODS SHOP DOES, IT BRINGS OUT GOOD MEMORIES!

That reminds me also at the shop they have great prints of the national flag truck event! Every year in Mercer there is a Memorial day parade it is called the Memorial 500 and it is one of the most moving patriotic displays you may ever see, that is a reason alone to come to Mercer once a year, but that is another story, to read more about that go to the memorial day 500 link on my favorite links.

The Dry Goods Shop is located on the corner of South Diamond Street and Pitt Street in the ‘Mercer Square’. If you are in the area it is definitely a place to stop and enjoy, If it is warm out they will have some wares flowing out onto the sidewalk. This is also where you may find a deal. Make sure when you come through town you give yourself time to stop at Tom & Jerry’s antiques and the Mercer Mercantile (an old fashion soda shop) they are all with in walking distance, but remember they aren’t open on Sunday.

Please feel free to comment on this post as it may help others get a feel for a great little shop. Stop back soon for the rest of my trip through Mercer and the shops in Leesburg.

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