What’s in a name?

My husband and I have recently been doing a bit of home improvement projects. If you know me at all, you know I have a project list a mile long. As many of us have spent more time in our homes, and also trying to escape those homes by going outside, we have all noticed the great spots in our houses, and also the not-so-great. The home improvement stores are now experiencing a rush of customers ready to make some long overdue changes. The folks down at Ace Hardware have seen my face down there over the past couple weeks far too many times!
The most recent project that the Johns’ household accomplished was a new a paver patio. We are by no means professionals, but it turned out quite nicely, if you ask me. About half-way through laying out these huge 24″x24″ pavers (and they were heavy!) and leveling and straightening them the best we could, one of our neighbors brought over a couple tools he thought would help. (I think he saw us struggling.) He also offered some refreshing drinks for us once we were done and ready to relax. 🙂 It’s good to have good neighbors, isn’t it?
Our neighbors next door were busy putting up a new fence this weekend. As we stood outside and shared about our respective projects, I mentioned that our garage door hasn’t been working and we would probably need a new motor. They told me that they had a brand new garage door motor that was made for a larger door than what they needed and was just collecting dust in their shed and gave it to us! God is so great! And it’s good to have good neighbors, isn’t it?
It was diverting on this first beautiful weekend of May to see and hear the buzzing of the neighborhood as everyone was working on their own home projects too… lawn mowers rumbling, saws buzzing, hammers pounding, and children laughing as they whiz up and down the street on their bicycles. This is the Indiana that I love. The warm sunny weather and the friendly faces of our neighbors working and playing alongside each other.

It is with this sentiment that we are ready to announce the name of our new Market Street venture in downtown Nappanee!

Neighbors Mercantile Co. Logo

The brand new Neighbors Mercantile Co. is slated for a grand opening in the spring of 2021. Beginning with the renovation of the building itself, to the product on the shelves, down to the gift wrap we will lovingly place around your packages; Neighbors Mercantile Co. will be a place that is filled with the Indiana that you love. It will embody that nostalgic, homegrown, Midwest vibe that encompasses Nappanee’s motto, “Embrace the Pace”. From the ding of the front-door bell to the creaking of the centuries old floor boards, we can’t wait to welcome you back to the charm of times gone by. It’s Gary Portnoy’s lyrics that keep running through my head:
“Sometimes you want to go
Where everybody knows your name,
And they’re always glad you came;
You want to be where you can see,
Our troubles are all the same;
You want to be where everybody knows your name.”
We are in this for the long haul and we hope that this blog can be a welcome distraction for you through the coming months as we continue to look forward and make plans and have hope for the future together. Plus, it’s always good to have good Neighbors, isn’t it?


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