The public is invited to attend the Grand Opening and First Friday Art Walk on Friday, April 7 from 4:30 to 8:00 pm at Brick & Mortar Mercantile, 510 Main Street in Grand Junction. The festivities will begin at 4:30 pm with the Chamber of Commerce ribbon-cutting ceremony and local artists and vendors spotlighted. Refreshments will be served.
Tom and Becky Ripper purchased and renovated the historic building which revealed the original 1890 tin ceiling, brick walls and hardwood floors. Brick & Mortar Mercantile, with over 5,000 square feet, hosts local curators, pickers, artists and collectors to display and sell their wares.
The Rippers moved to Grand Junction in 2006 from Moab where they owned a retail store similar to the Brick & Mortar Mercantile. “In the Moab store we sold antiques along with new furniture, light fixtures, unique gifts and décor making it a very eclectic shopping experience for all! So far we have had great, positive comments on the beautiful old building and the variety of items we carry. That is what sets us apart from the typical antique store. Most of the vintage vendors and artists will be at the open house so that attendees can meet them. One of the vendors is a historian/educator who has some very interesting stories about this old stuff!”
This stores antique and rustic charm will have you coming back for more. From paintings, to containers, to jewelry, they’ve got it all.
Currently there are 15 vendors who rent space and numerous people who consign items with them.