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Farmhouse with flair

Sweet Soul Mercantile offers trendy home accessories

GLENMOOR — When Julie Mick’s youngest child graduated last year in the middle of a pandemic, she decided that a new business would be perfect to fill her empty nest. With that, Sweet Soul Mercantile was born.

Armed with her lasers and creativity, Mick has been handcrafting with love a variety of creative decorative accessories for many years.

“I have been a hobbyist forever and always loved decorating my home,” Mick explained, adding that she often shares the items as gifts for family and friends. They had always encouraged her to do this as a business; however, she always responded that her family was always the main focus of her attention while she was raising her children. “The only thing I ever knew was being a mom.”

Since August, Sweet Soul Mercantile has debuted a variety of items, ranging from unique door signs to key chains for customers who share her love for everything farmhouse. Her lines also include a variety of appeal items, including T-shirts and hats.

Her family has been very supportive of sharing Mom with the world.

After initially starting her crafting within a room above the family garage, Mick outgrew the space and recently moved Sweet Soul Mercantile into a new studio and workshop at the residential property. She continues to make the space her own, adding items like a commercial laser. “I am so shocked (at quickly this has happened) and how everyone has embraced and supported me.”

Much of that credit, she gives to her husband Brian, who found time to have the new space constructed and completed to further his wife’s endeavor despite his own busy electrical contracting business at Protech. She admits that she is a very lucky woman especially when she revealed that she wanted to start this business earlier in the year.

Some men might cringe at the thought, but his response was “let’s do this.” She adds, “He was very supportive.”

Mick explained that she tries to keep in touch with current trends and add different items to her offerings. For example, she looks to add DIY kits and themed tier trays to her inventory. “Tier trays are so much fun and huge in other areas, and I would like to introduce them to this area,” Mick said. “She also is excited about some other upcoming offerings, such as her line of Christmas ornaments coming up for this year.

But even now, family remains first and foremost for Mick.

The name Sweet Soul Mercantile was a nod to her 1-year-old granddaughter Madi, who is her sweet soul and her inspiration.

So where can you view Mick’s farmhouse lines? She doesn’t have a brick and mortar location, where you come and browse her inventory with regular business hours like a typical store.

However, Brooks Hearth and Home in Calcutta does offer some of it for sale in their facility and she has plans to launch a website, sweetsoulmercantile.com, by mid-August. Currently most of sales come courtesy of both word-of-mouth and social media.

In the meantime, find Mick on Facebook through her business page Sweet Soul Mercantile, where she periodically goes live so people can preorder her items – some of which is personalized.

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