her·it·age [her-i-tij], n. : valued objects and qualities; something passed down.
tr·ibe [trahyb], n. : a large family; a social division in traditional society consisting of families, or communities linked by social, economic, religious or blood ties.
WHO WE ARE:
We are skilled artisans, craftsmen, farmers, teachers, healers and builders.
We are a community space that connects, uplifts, and inspires its patrons.
We offer a curated collection of adventures, delights and wild imaginings for a salt of the earth kind of people.
We hunt, gather, and share our tools, tips and anecdotes for living a crafted life.
We are a platform for emerging artists and an opportunity towards greatness.
“Like the Moonshine in Papa Smith’s bathtub, we are Handmade, Small Batch, and All American.”
Elmer and Mary Smith are my Great Grandparents. They raised my grandmother, Marilyn, in a small gold mining town on the edge of the Sawtooth Mountains in Southern Idaho. It’s a heritage that inspires us. It evokes images of family huddled around a wood fire, of young men and women on horseback through open fields, of community gatherings at the local “Hub”, dancing and imbibing and shaking off the dirt of a long day. It’s the true American spirit that is currently in a resurgence. We are tiring of a consumer culture based on disposable products. There is a shift in our country back to quality goods, crafted by hand, slow and thoughtful and beautiful... and we feel it.
E. Smith Mercantile was born out of a desire to create a space that, more than anything feeds its community and fosters the creative growth that comes from establishing this ‘tribe’ connection.
Visit us as 208 1st Ave S in Seattle, WA
The concept for the space mimics one of the original establishments from my Grandfather’s small town of Atlanta, Idaho. Half of the space offered a mercantile for the town; dry goods with everything from American made denim and leather gloves to bulk teas, coffee and candy. The other half served as a meeting place, a bar where the people could come together and share stories, build relationships, and forget their cares. E. Smith Mercantile will offer the same thing to a growing neighborhood on the verge of a resurgence.
The front of the shop will be our mercantile portion with a carefully curated offering of home goods, high quality basic apparel, gift items and antiques. The back of the space is reserved for a very small, craft cocktail bar. An extension of the artful life we promote with our goods, the fine drinks and small bites are meant to uplift its patrons in a beautiful environment, and inspire them to create beauty in their own life.