For those of you that don’t know me well, I am about 98% type A. I love a good plan, I thrive on knowing ALL the details and when it comes to traveling, there’s always going to be an itinerary. BUT, let me tell you, the 2% of non-type A in me is a lot of fun and spontaneous. 🙂
A few weeks ago, we decided to take a spontaneous trip to the small farm town of Pawhuska, Oklahoma to visit the Pioneer Woman’s new restaurant and shop, The Mercantile (they call it the ‘Merc’ for short). It was an easy 3 hour drive from Northwest Arkansas so we packed some snacks and the camera and off we went!
We had heard some amazing things about the Merc from friends that had visited recently. At this point, the ‘Merc’ had only been open for about 2.5 weeks before we set off to see if for ourselves. We arrived on location and were so surprised by the lines of folks waiting to get in from both sides of the building.
On one side, there is a gift shop full of everything I’d ever wanted. No really, there were some really pretty things in there! It was full of beautiful dishes and cookbooks, gifts, clothing, kids toys and more. The store had a vintage feel with a touch of Ree’s (The Pioneer Woman) personality around every corner. I was more than inspired! Not to mention the space was just stunning!
The shop even had a gift wrapping station, which I loved!
Just above the gift shop was her bakery. Once we made our way up the set of wooden stairs, we arrived in the bakery area. This might have been my favorite spot in the whole building. It was cozy with antique style furniture and large windows overlooking the downtown street below.
The bakery was just lovely and smelled delicious too! There were cookies and cakes, scones, muffins and coffee too!
As we browsed the upstairs we noticed that Ree, The Pioneer Woman, had come out of her office to visit with everyone and of course I just had to meet her!
We made our way over to her and introduced ourselves as the newly married couple. For some reason, that just made sense here and I was just excited to say it too! She graciously signed our cookbook and chatted with us about our future and the good looks our children would have, gave us big ole’ southern hugs and we went on our way.
I was just beyond thrilled to have met her. She is such an inspiring blogger and boss girl, I think I had a little bit of a fan girl moment. Can you tell, I was cheesin’ big time!
On the other side of this beautiful building was her restaurant. Now what I loved about this part was that she had an area to sit and eat, but also an option for “Grab-and-go”. We opted for the grab-and-go as it was getting late and we had to get back on the road. The meal options here were nothing short of southern perfection. There was soup and beans, toasted sandwiches and sticky buns…oh my!
Trying not to get a little of everything off the menu, we both chose to get a toasted sandwich and of course, a sticky bun! Yummy! The sticky buns were so big and delicious that I saved mine for breakfast the next morning!
I probably didn’t sleep all night due the the excitement of our little spontaneous trip. If you have the chance to visit the Merc, I encourage you to do it! She also has an online shop where you can browse her goodies too!
Keep an eye out on the blog, I just might make one of her recipes!
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