written by: April G.
In a world driven by big business, big banks - virtually big everything - small business owners have to be ready to fight to survive. By that very nature then, I believe this special community of shopkeepers, proprietors, makers and more can be aptly described as "scrappy"; defined by Websters as having an "aggressive and determined spirit”.
When I first met Travis Weaver from Manready Mercantile, scrappy is exactly the term that came to my mind. He started the company in 2012 to prove it doesn't matter where you come from and that you can start a business from nothing. He grew up in a small west Texas town where people didn't have much but cherished the things they had, and as a result, today Manready Mercantile stands behind well-made goods that carry stories as deep as the maker’s roots and invites customers to build their own story through the use and interaction of those goods. From hustling homemade candles door to door in their inaugural year to opening a flagship store in 2014, Manready Mercantile exists to serve hardworking folks with quality products from around the country.
Pantry lines consisting of whiskey-soaked beef jerky, handmade items such as unisex leather bags, brass and silver jewelry, glassware, small batch denim, and U.S. made boots are just a glimpse of the Houston brand's offerings. What's even more exciting is that they're sure to reach sights unseen in the years to come.
Travis tells me their typical days include staff meetings, new product development overview, managing retailers and reorders, communicating with the accountant, and of course, making sure the shop is in 100% working order. The staff at MM has grown in recent years, but that's because it takes a lot of work to make sure everything is run flawlessly.
The most rewarding part of my relationship with Manready Mercantile is knowing only high-quality goods are offered to valued patrons and that I'm bringing you the best of what’s out there when I carry their lines in Boston General Store. There are no corners cut or exceptions made. They also accomplish this all while dealing with the extraordinary challenge of overseeing all of the brands and retailers that the team works with. Manready has 138 manufacturers currently in the shop and wholesales to over a hundred retailers around the world. Needless to say, it’s a lot to manage!
Travis, and the MM outfit, strive to be a driving force in proving that anybody can achieve their dreams if they work hard, honest, smart, and also, with the community.
The American Dream still exists…Manready Mercantile is proof! You can check out some of what they're creating at our online shop.
“Work hard, live well."
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People who've followed along on our journey know how important makers are to Boston General Store.
When the shop first launched online, the idea was to create a small assortment of products from around the world featuring craftsmen who truly cared about their trade. Today, four years after opening the business, we still carry almost all of the items from that original collection, speaking to the significance these makers have had in the continued success of BGS.
Spring isn’t only a season of growth, it’s also a season of anticipation. It’s almost like a buffer zone between the long, dark, hostile winter and the bright, shining weather of the summer – at least that’s the story here in New England. The flowers start to bloom, birds are chirping, and thank goodness for clocks moving forward because this is about the time we start to beg for more sunshine.
So, with nature slowly getting us ready for all those lazy beach days and trips to the Cape, it’s time to start thinking about one thing and one thing only...the annual ritual of spring cleaning.
There comes a moment when keeping good news to yourself is impossible. And because we're ready to burst at the seams, literally and figuratively, we'll cut to the chase.
Boston General Store is growing.
Yes, this is our official announcement that we'll be opening a second permanent home in Dedham next month, made possible after a first-year success that wouldn't have happened without help from a lot of people.
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