local business of the month
Constructed in 1902, the five-storied Jacobs-Hutchinson building located on the 200 block of Adams Street was once home to Fairmont’s largest retail enterprise, Hartley’s Department Store. The landmark structure has also been home to multiple banks and other retail and department stores throughout the years. In 2015, the building became home to an arts & antiques vendor galleria, known as the Arts & Antiques Marketplace. A change in ownership in July of 2019 brought forth the re-branding of the business as the Fairmont Mercantile.
Under the new ownership of Dominick Claudio’s Claudio Corporation, the Fairmont Mercantile remains the home of the Arts & Antiques Marketplace, but also serves as a home to brands such as Unique Consignment, Embellishments, Cool Ridge, the Coal Mining Heritage Museum, and various boutiques. Within the mercantile, you can find three floors of unique home furnishings, collectables, antiques, one-of-a-kind pieces, and more.
“Not only do we offer unique items, but they are reasonably priced as well,” said store manager Juliana Cardi.
Much of the Mercantile consists of products and items from local and state-wide vendors, each with their own dedicated space. Many of the vendors are frequently moving, adding, and removing items while taking genuine pride in their space at the Mercantile.
To combat the unforeseen arrival of the COVID crisis, the Fairmont Mercantile did their absolute best to adapt accordingly. Although there was a significant decrease in foot traffic, the employees continued to show up to work and find ways to overcome. Over the past few months, Cardi has hosted many Facebook live sales as well as the creation of digital magazine pages where customers could purchase items.
“The digital magazine sales were really successful,” said Cardi. “In one sale we sold eighty percent of the items we have listed.”
Moving forward, Cardi explained that the business has many goals moving forward. “Our goal is to incorporate a smoothie and coffee shop downstairs where you walk in. We also want to incorporate an event center here. It gives us another way to utilize inventory but also a way to unite the community and give people more unique and inventive options to celebrate particular events and to continue bringing back history,” she said.
Fairmont Mercantile is the City of Fairmont’s Local Business of the Month for the month of December and will be highlighted throughout. We encourage all citizens to check out the Fairmont Mercantile and everything that they have to offer throughout the year. You can find them on social media and e-commerce platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Etsy, Amazon, and thefairmontmercantile.com. They are located at 205 Adams St and you can reach them at (304) 534-8980. The current hours are Tuesday through Thursday 12 PM to 4 PM, Friday through Saturday 10 AM to 5 PM, and Sunday 12 PM to 4 PM.