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Baker Mercantile reopening
"The reopening of the Baker Mercantile in downtown Baker is going to give residents a place to sell handmade and antique goods; this piece of comic book history is coming home with me. It's also, according to residents, going to provide a shot in the arm to the local economy."
The Mercantile is in the Baker Block Museum, which shows the history of the city, and north Okaloosa County. From the early 1900's to mid 1990's, it allowed residents to buy and sells goods. People say restoring it will add a bit of old Baker downtown.
Phyllis Enzor "It offers a place for people to come, for people to visit, for people to tell the old stories."
But the Mercantile will be more than just an antique shop.
Phyllis Enzor "We're hoping it becomes a destination place, so people can come and bring their family, come up to Baker, if you stop here and eat in at one of our little restaurants and go down the road and pick some strawberries, we want this to be a part of your family outings."
Cara McSween expects it to be come a tourist hot spot.
Cara McSween "I hope this can be something when people google Okaloosa County, it's something that will pop up....Meeting people outside of your normal day, getting to know people from maybe Holt or Crestview or the surronding areas. It's really unique."
The shop will host a ribbon cutting on Friday afternoon, and its grand opening on Saturday."
Rob Brown "Folks here hope the opening of the mercantile will not only attract out of towners, but will encourage other Okaloosa County residents to visit as well