Our Story

We are a Modern, Urban Spin on an Old General Store

 

The Merchant–Purveyor of Local Goods–is a funky, urban general store and gift shop nestled in the eclectic Central Arts District in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida. Where old meets new, we fuse the modernity of a well-lived urban lifestyle with the charm and nostalgia of an old fashioned general store.

We Curate an Ever-Changing Assortment of Items

We curate an ever-changing assortment of gifts and wares to reflect our vibrant city and to promote the creative community of artists, craftsmen, and makers. Open our doors and you will find small-batch soaps, apothecary items, art, well-crafted housewares, artisanal local food, handmade chocolates, barware, and heartfelt gifts that are both funky and functional, from makers who focus on quality over quantity. 

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We Support Local Artisans and Craftsmen in St. Pete

Supporting local isn't just an idea, but a way of life. In the past, general stores served as a community gathering space.  We seek to carry on that tradition with classes and workshops offered by the artisans.

 

As often as possible, we stock our nest with goods made right here in St. Petersburg and the surrounding Bay Area. We also gladly create space for products made by community conscious, small-batch companies outside our area. 

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