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Four Years Later - An Anniversary to Celebrate!

Four Years Later - An Anniversary to Celebrate!

From the purest of places, it's hard to imagine a few years back to the feelings of anguish of people losing their business, jobs lost, and the gripping feelings of shock induced by the 5 alarm fire that tore through 2 buildings downtown Burlington. For those who were impacted by the devastating loss of the beloved Schuette Daniels Furniture Store, a fixture of the community, it was a major tragedy and one that saddened the town for a long time with many wondering what might come of the historic, vacant charred remains at 425 N. Pine Street.

Today, 4 years later, after months of loving restoration & salvaging its precious original hardwood floors and fabulous brick exterior walls, we open our doors proudly, inviting guests to create memories, celebrate with their loved ones, and honor the rich history the building shares with the town every day. For all of us on the Merc Hall Team, it's about building a business we love, a business that we are enormously proud of, and one that both serves our community as well as far beyond the town's geographic boundaries.

So, from tragedy comes this celebration.  425 N. Pine Street, we salute you. We are approaching our one year anniversary of being open and serving the community, just four years after the fire.

Happy Anniversary to Mercantile Hall and to my awesome Merc Hall Team. This journey is one that I cherish, and I love you all.

- Wendy

 

 

#BurlingtonLove

#BurlingtonLove

Burlington, Wisconsin (for those of you who are not from here or do not know us well) feels like one of the last great all-American small towns. Sure, we were put on the map by one of our homegrown, Tony Romo (yep, he graduated from Burlington High School), so we are kind of a big deal, but we still operate like a friendly and warm small, awesome town. We may not know everyone in town, but quite often it feels like we do. "Oh, hey - will we see you at the parade?" can be heard footsteps away from "Can you ask John to leave my mail at my store instead of my house?"  It is really a beautiful, and dare-I-say 'rare' thing to experience on a daily basis. Growing up in larger urban towns, I can tell you that I personally have never experienced anything like it, which is what makes it such a flame for the little moth inside me. Ok...ok...what does all of this have to do with you?  Let me bring it on home...

Our team (ever growing - yay!!) is made up of locals and near-locals. When you have a question, if we don't know right away, we get on our bat phones to help you get an answer. And if the first person we phone doesn't know, she or he knows someone who does. It is this perfect little safety net of love and solution-getters, gettin' after it - for you. It's really what you want, need, crave when it's your wedding day. Low stressssssssssss.... brought to you by the good people of this All-American small town, Burlington, Wisconsin.

#smalltownlove  #mercanstyle

20 Couples + counting!

20 Couples + counting!

Shout out to the 20 couples who have toured + booked Mercantile Hall already!

Love inspired @ Bon Bon Belle Bridal

Love inspired @ Bon Bon Belle Bridal

Book a private bridal suite for you & your guests at Bon Bon Belle Bridal.

Book a private bridal suite for you & your guests at Bon Bon Belle Bridal.

Our venue is historic, urban, and just super cool. If we were to create the perfect partner in a science lab, we could do no better than Bon Bon Belle and the gown collections they have in store. They are the ying to our yang featuring a specific Mercantile Hall Gown Collection that is like the one fantastic little puzzle piece you find that brings the whole picture together. 

Here's how we really try to blow your mind... If you haven't perused the Wedding District page yet - mosey on over and delight in all of the partners you'll need for your perfect day - wrapping Mercantile Hall in an envelope of love. They are literally all within walking distance from our front door, including of course Bon Bon Belle. Located right upstairs from Mercantile Hall come March 1st, you can visit both your gown and venue anytime you need to. Want a quick steam for all of your bridesmaids who are popping in at the last minute from out of town? No worries! We've got you covered. Need last minute items like a bridal garter or wrap for your Mom who might get chilly? No problemo! We aim to be a one stop shop for you here in Burlington. That is what we call "love inspired". Bring you and your fiance a team of wedding professionals, aiming to provide you with everything you need.

Here's a panoramic snapshot of what that might be like for you and your guests...

After you book Mercantile Hall, stroll upstairs to Bon Bon Belle for your bridal attire needs. Bridal gowns & bridesmaid dresses, Mom's gown, flower girl dresses, bridal accessories. Happily check all of those off your list and rest assured that they are just right upstairs from your venue. Next door to Bon Bon Belle is C. Mae Design - a full service wedding photographer offering wedding packages and boudoir gifts. Walk a few feet to your choice of florists, and just a few steps more you'll land at the front door of a few tuxedo & suit rental companies. We have rehearsal dinner fabulousness (that look like they are straight out of New York) located across the street and the other just a block away. Hampton Inn is one block away, as is a 200 spot parking structure (**free parking that is**). And when your big day arrives, we have oodles of salons to do hair + make up for you and your girls. Those are also within walking distance. Whaaa? Yep, that's our fantastic Wedding District. Yep, that's little ol' us. Ah, Burlington. Love inspired.

Small town love.

Small town love.

Small town love. 

#mercantstyle

#burlingtonlove

Very Special Guests

Very Special Guests

We had such an amazing surprise last weekend. As we were wrapping up an evening tour with an awesome couple from Lake Geneva, we saw a white Cadillac pull up curbside. Out of the driver's door popped a gentleman beaming with a smile and asking if they could come inside the building. I approached the car to open the passenger door to find Rich & Doris Daniels along with their son, Mitch. Rich and Doris Daniels owned Schuette Daniels Furniture until it was destroyed by a fire in 2014.

We were honored and giddy to have these amazing people in our midst. Stephanie and I ushered them inside to tell them all about what we are doing and our plans for what the town will see street-side. They had just visited their first storefront (now Rugan's) and stopped by hoping they could continue their memory lane tour. We were delighted. They walked in, talked with us about our plans, and in an instant we all became caught up in the emotion of the moment. 

We are eager to make Rich and Doris proud - along their kids, family, friends, and peers they brought into the Schuette Daniels family, and we cannot wait to invite all of them in for an official grand tour of the space.

With love, Wendy

 

Additional Information: John Schuette founded the funeral and furniture businesses in Burlington in 1929. He was then joined by staff members Marvin Werth and Richard Daniels in 1948 and they incorporated as a partnership in 1954. Rich and his wife Doris, and many of their 13 children and their spouses were involved in the businesses, which served as tremendous assets for the city.
 

Can you feel it?

Can you feel it?

The space is raw, imperfect and gorgeous. It doesn't require much of anything which is what makes it so special. You feel the elements - brick and wood, metal and iron - in their current state, and they are already giving off an incredibly warm vibe. We met with lighting experts and the ideas they have to create unique events are well, on a scale of 1-10, they are an absolutely wow at the highest level. In the event you don't want to customize, you'll find that the lighting we will feature will be amazing, too. Either way, we want you to be covered by providing you with a backdrop of awesome.

So you're with me so far - the room is hip. Hundo p. But now lets layer on the table 'dressings'. We provide you with light linens, and understated fruitwood chairs with light cushions, neither will compete nor distract from how you dress your tables. From simple candles to breathtaking flowers to vintage accessories, you will be able to create a room that complements your style. And if you do want a tad more customization, the opportunities are endless and we have you covered there, too. Hang industrial pendant lights over each table, or hang cascading greenery trailing from vintage ladders. We have access to reclaimed windows painted with table numbers and specialty cafe/globe lights that when criss-crossed over the room add the most amazing glow. 

So whatever your vision may be, we will work tirelessly to bring it to life. And we can't wait to hear about it, exploring the many options this space can become.

Živeli! (Cheers!), Wendy