We must dare to be great and we must realize that greatness
is the fruit of toil and sacrifice and high courage.
love that Labor Day is the last big hurrah of summer.
one last chance to pretend we’re still able to enjoy an adventure to the big city,
act like epicurean critics, and cultural thrill seekers.
Unfortunately our adventure took a detour as our plans for downtown
disappeared somewhere between Milam and Bagby Street bc many things were closed.
But like any adventure detours can be a good thing and
the spirit of a true adventurist appreciates that therein lies the thrill.
And thrill it is as I found something new to appreciate at
Manready Mercantile on West 19th Street.
Decided to take a trip down Nostalgia Lane or the Heights as it’s also known.
I do this at least 2 times a year as we lived there for the first 14 years of my life.
Hard to believe these are the same streets I once rode down in my mom’s
cherry red monte carlo
(with white pleather seats and no seat belts buckled thank you very much).
How things have changed and yet they haven’t changed much.
The streets are much the same to me as they were 30 years ago
which is the likable charm behind the whole strip along West 19th Street.
This is a good thing in my case considering my
fondness of all things vintage, Americana, and treasure.
Manready Mercantile is all of this and more.
Think Teddy Roosevelt expedition, Johnny Depp in Secret Window,
Norman Rockefeller, boy scouts, Ralph Lauren,
bathed in leather, aftershave, anything manly
you can dream up and you’ll get a whiff of what i’m talking about.
I thought the Teddy quote fit perfectly.
The revival of the American spirit is alive and well on 19th street.
Talk about a moment of clarity when my detour took me to this place
on of all days– Labor Day— the celebration of of the American worker.
Someone recently asked me how i go about blogging and
choosing specific businesses.
No formula, rules, or specifics.
Just people & places I come across
that are daring to do a leap of Faith.
Do it different from every other guy.
Do it themselves.
Do it ORIGINALLY and fearlessly
not looking around or back.
I have so much admiration in my fellow adventure seekers who
are making their own path and dreaming
on a million stars all on probably not so much sleep.
People I can identify with.
Putting down actual bricks where your dreams can live and breathe…
pretty scary but completely amazing and how can i not share that?
From the time you walk in and head upstairs you’ll
surely be greeted by the owner’s sweet pooch, Delilah who’s
smooth, shiny, taupe coat even compliments the shop.
Don’t be surprised to be greeted by Travis (the owner) with a round of spirits
and a warm welcome
(none for me since i was driving and had my side-kick with me).
Very friendly and laid back atmosphere – doesn’t feel like the
high-pressure, goal driven shopping you’re used
to with a “do you need some help” every 5 minutes.
More like hanging out with friends browsing a museum with a “oh hey that’s cool”
and clothing & accessories conveniently in reach.
I have to also mention that I found pricing very fair and
very unpretentious for such a trendy, hip place.
blame it on these hats for unplanned photography excursion.
how do pass this type of vignette without paying homage?
don’t forget to drool over the canoe overhead
boots made me wish my almost 10 year old was in a senior.
you know that never happens.
Don’t know what 2/3 of these do but they look perfectly displayed and that’s enough for me.
thanks for a great visit and enough imagery to get this girl through till antiques week Travis!
You can read more about Manready Mercantile’s history here.
Visit their super awesome online store here.
And become a fan here.
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