When a Minneapolis-based business magazine published a profile of the store, they titled it “Bolts, Booze and Bullets.”  It wasn’t a headline we initially embraced – however the quirkiness of our store and its diverse inventory are draws.  Our Twin Cities based customers still chuckle about the alliterative descriptor of the Mercantile.

Minnesota Business

Hardware is an established industry, but if stores become stagnant, they cannot thrive.  It was an honor to appear in the May 2019 issue of North American Hardware Retailing.  The industry publication was highlighting stores that had broken with industry tradition and added new and unusual niches to their products to better serve their communities and remain relevant.

Hardware Retailing

It is humbling to be referred to as a community pillar or vital area business.  We’ve had our share of growing pains and challenges.  Looking back, the fire that gutted Solon Springs Hardware was the catalyst that lead to the creation of Solon Springs Mercantile.  That terrible experience helped us define our customer focus and launch forward with a community-centric establishment.

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