Mustard Seed Mercantile Brings Nearly 100 Local Businesses Under One Roof
Writer / Amy Lant-Wenger
Photographer / Sarah Reynolds
For Mallory and Anthony Hadaway and their family, there is great strength to be drawn from a particular Bible passage. Matthew 17:20, more specifically: “Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”
Emboldened by this inspiration, the Hadaways made a leap of faith, and transformed a spacious location in the heart of Rochester into Mustard Seed Mercantile. Opening just this past summer, it includes 6,500 square feet of artisan wares, specializing in home decor, antiques, crafts, apparel, bath and beauty products, and a great deal more.
Mallory Hadaway says she was ready to make a change in her life after spending 13 years working in the health care field.
“With the support of family and friends, we brought the dream and the large mercantile to life,” she says. “Mustard Seed Mercantile is founded not only in a strong Christian faith, but also with a love for the small town of Rochester, with a desire to support local businesses together, under one roof, where each one helps support the other in true community fashion.”
“The vendor-based business has been carefully curated by the owners to encompass nearly 100 local small businesses, making it a hotspot for shopping for items such as boutique clothing and baby items, antiques, vintage collectibles, handmade items, old-time and freeze-dried candies, and even locally farmed freezer beef and bison meat,” she adds.
Part of their initial vision was to reimagine what Hadaway describes as an industrial warehouse into a venue that is whimsical and segues well into the approaching holiday season. As a decorative flourish to add to the whimsy, the business has unique and unusual items added to the interior. Situated among the ceiling beams, guests can catch a glimpse of a 16-foot-long canoe, sets of weathered wagon wheels, and a bicycle that once belonged to Hadaway’s grandmother.
Take a stroll through the vendor spaces and find some distinctive gift ideas at Mustard Seed Mercantile, located at 602 Main Street in Rochester. To see photos of their merchandise, check out their Facebook page. Call for more information at 574-223-7333.