Mercantile celebrates a year in business

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SILVANA Dick and Patty Metz bought the burned out Silvana Mercantile, 1323 E. Pioneer Highway, two years ago. They built an espresso stand in the parking lot and sold it. Then they restored the classic old grocery store which sat empty for a couple of years.
We bought the building in June 2005, Patty Metz said, while making sales to customers.
They restored the building, keeping the old wood floors, and were opened for business by May 2006.
The newly restored 1935 historical building is half convenience store with an interesting selection of wines and beers and coffee imported from Admiralty Island in Alaska, along with your basic chips and stuff, and half antiques and collectibles, with booths offering the collections of several different antique dealers.
There was a building here as far back as the late 1800s, but it burned down a couple of times, Metz said.
A history nut himself, Dick Metz has enjoyed learning the history of this region from his neighbor Agnes Molstad, former contributor to The Arlington Times.
Weve never done retail before, Dick Metz said.
But we really just wanted to bring this old building back to life.
They had to convince the county and FEMA that the floor was high enough above flood level.
We really wanted to retain this 70-year-old floor, he added.
People love this old store, they both agreed.
The store is open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. The anniversary celebration includes in-store specials, weekly drawings and cake and coffee served Saturdays and Sundays through May.
Silvana Car Show set for May 5
The mercantiles month-long anniversary will be complimented by the fourth annual Old Silvana Car Show set for Saturday May 5. For information about the car show call Linda at 360-654-0966.

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