Makers’ Mercantile

When I hear the word ‘mercantile’, it conjures up visions of an older building full of provisions, from olden days.  Makers’ Mercantile, located in Kent, Washington, is far from the olden days, haha, but they are a mercantile.  They have provisions for all types of making!

The store is good size with great light and it’s full of color!  I was greeted right as I walked through the door, everyone was very friendly, and the store was busy!  On the left hand side of the store there is a nice long table, full of chairs.  I wished I had taken a picture of it now, so you could see it.  I didn’t because there were so many people sitting, knitting and talking that I didn’t want to make them feel uncomfortable with the camera.  Next time I’ll be brave and ask if they care.

They really do have it all for makers of all kinds, yarn — lots of yarn, for knitting and crochet, needles and hooks and notions to go along with that.  I saw a room and section dedicated to fabric and that is where you would find all the buttons.  What struck my eye was the cute bags I saw, and the kits you could purchase to make the bags.  They even had cork fabric!  If you are more of a knitting basket kind of person, they had baskets too.   They have some weaving equipment and of course ball winders and swifts.  If this isn’t enough…they have a café of sorts in the back.  They had the most scrumptious selection of macrons for purchase and they can make you a coffee or tea.  I use the word scrumptious because I bought some macrons, and let me tell you they were scrumptious!

CLICK ON ME — See that cork bag on the left….that’s a kit that you can make yourself!

The day I was there they were expecting Olive Knits, Marie Greene in a matter of days for a book signing and talk.  They had her newest book right up front, Seamless Knit Sweaters In 2 Weeks!  I did purchase one, and want to knit all of them — sweater knitting is so hot right now.

What a fun and interesting store!

Makers’ Mercantile

MakersMercantile10I’ve told you all before, that I (Mary) am not in this thing alone…..right?  Well, Kim was visiting her dentist in Kent, Washington a couple of months ago, and of course the first thing you do after visiting the dentist is get on your phone to find the nears French Macaron baker.  Kim is my daughter in law, and she’s not a knitter.  BUT, every year, she helps me in getting my annual mailer out.  It’s a huge undertaking from ordering and picking up all the supplies, to stuffing and stamping envelopes, to the big drop off at the post office.  Back to the story…..Kim learned that her nearest Macaron destination was a place called Makers’ Mercantile…..SO?  She parks the car, walks in the front door, scans the establishment and is shocked to find herself in a yarn shop — then reaches for her cell phone to call me!MakersMercantile1

I first learned of the business at Vogue Knitting Live Seattle, held in Bellevue, Washington a couple of years back.MakersMercantile5  The gals in their booth were SO cute and fun.  I have actually never been to the store, but now Kim has.  Kim was kind enough to walk about and take some pictures for us.  Whilst getting comfortable there, she spoke with a gal, that explained that Makers’ Mercantile was a Skacel company store.  That was also news to me – good job Kim!!MakersMercantile12

So, inside the store, is a bakery.  It’s a specialty bakery called Rylie Cakes, and they specialize in gluten free products.  Rylie Haack is the founder and owner of the bakery and I believe daughter to the yarn shop owner.  Kim got her French Macarons along with lots of pictures, and bought me the fun “I’ll show you my stash” bag.  She was sweet enough to share her find with me.  My favorite flavor of the French Macaron was — the salted caramel — YUMM!!MakersMercantile17

Thank you Kim for stumbling upon Makers’ Mercantile and taking all these cool pictures.  Also, stop in during the LYS Tour to visit this treasure and treat yourself to a cookie and some yarn~