A new kind of shopping experience this Friday, October 4th in Old Town Scottsdale.  The Merchantile of Scottsdale (3965 N. Brown Ave. in Scottsdale) is a new 5,400-square-foot boutique marketplace featuring a curated mix of locally-owned and independent merchants including clothing, accessories, home decor, art and one-of-a-kind gifts.  The new type of retail startup allows small companies to share space — and foot traffic — in brick-and-mortar stores. The Merchantile of Scottsdale will officially open for business this Friday, with a Grand Opening celebration planned all weekend long. 

“The vision behind The Merchantile’s  co-retail concept is to help small local businesses grow by offering a trendsetting destination retail space with an ever-changing mix of hip products cultivated by Arizona tastemakers and artisans,” said Founder Kimberly Pak. 

Over 20 permanent vendors have joined the marketplace, ranging from designer vintage clothing and handmade jewelry to home decor,  art, luxury bath and beauty products and much more. A mix of pop-up vendors will showcase their products on a rotating basis through weekly special events, crafting events and hands-on instruction hosted by local artisans.

“We are incredibly excited about the unique product mix offered by the marketplace merchants,” Pak said. “With an array of shops each offering something different, visitors to the marketplace are sure to find something they love each and every time they visit the marketplace,” she said. 

From beautifully handmade products by local artisans to designer vintage clothing, The Merchantile is home to over 20 permanent vendors and dozens of seasonal and pop-up shops including Porter Home Decor, Truly Blessed Jewels, The Glamorous Nomad, Gigi’s Botanicals and Redemption Market.  From clothing, shoes and accessories to handmade jewelry to home decor, art, bath and beauty products, antiques, collectibles and more, there is always a unique treasure to discover at The Merchantile of Scottsdale. 

In addition to the permanent shops, an eclectic mix of pop-up vendors and brands will showcase their products on a rotating basis through weekly special events, crafting events and hands-on instruction hosted by local artisans.

Aliging with global retail trends creatively adapting traditional to evolving market trends, The Merchantile of Scottsdale is a beautifully curated  concept store where locals and visitors alike can gather, shop an array of high-quality goods and meet the craftspeople, designers and artisans fueling the next generation of retail small business in Arizona. The Merchantile will also function as an event space by partnering with community organizations and brands looking to host public and private functions and pop-up events. 

Located in the historic building that was home to the iconic Saba’s Western Store for over 60 years, The Merchantile of Scottsdale offers a sleekly designed boutique shopping experience with a chic desert-modern aesthetic that celebrates the essence of Old Town Scottsdale. The airy, indoor marketplace is fully air-conditioned and will be open year-round on Tuesday through Sunday.

At The Mercantile of Scottsdale, visitors can: 

• Shop an array of clothing, accessories, home decor, art and gifts from local vendors, craftsmen and small businesses 

• Learn from local artists and craftspeople 

• Create your own in the DIY area

• Attend a variety of shopping, creative and social events 

• Snap photos in an Instagram-worthy space

• Sip ice cold beverages and artisan coffee from onsite vendor, Gypsy Cup

• Relax and enjoy our indoor seating area and modern desert aesthetic 

Designed to be a turn-key retail opportunity for established brands, The Merchantile of Scottsdale hopes to bridge the gap between online retail and the traditional retail shopping experience. “Opening an independent retail location is a dream come true for any small business owner, but overhead expenses and the challenge of generating traffic are big concerns that keep many small business owners from taking the next step, Pak said. The Merchantile of Scottsdale is designed to take the operational burden off the shoulders of up-and-coming brands by providing everything a brand would need to open a retail location without the overhead costs. “When a brand joins The Merchantile, they become part of a community of like-minded small businesses and brands looking to grow their businesses together,” she said.

In recent years the Valley has seen a rise in startup tech hubs and business incubators, but fewer opportunities exist for small retailers to find their footing in the crowded commercial real estate space. Founders Kimberly and Eugene Pak spearheaded the co-retail initiative to address the need for a collaborative small business incubator specifically for retailers and creatives in Scottsdale.

This weekend’s Grand Opening celebration will include a variety of fun activities, giveaways and promotions including complimentary sips, treats, eats, music, a braid-bar and a selfie-station.  The celebration takes place from 10am to 5pm on Friday, October 4th and Saturday October 5th and from 10am to 3pm on Sunday, October 6th. 

For a complete listing of shops and vendors of The Merchantile of Scottsdale, visit www.themerchantileofscottsdale.com