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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Here at Boston General Store, we love spending time outdoors this time of year. The New England landscapes have so much to offer when it comes to outdoor activities, especially camping and hiking, and we like to take full advantage of that.
Today, some folks are opting for an upgraded kind of camping experience, called glamping, and while we understand lengthy stays out in the wild aren't everyone’s style, we definitely prefer to keep our excursions a little more unpolished. But, that also doesn’t mean we like heading into the woods empty handed.
We take what we need to get by and leave all the rest at home.
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.
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