On Black Friday, we had a Girls' Day at the new Pioneer Woman Mercantile. I loaded up in the family van with my mom, little sisters, & my great aunt Connie, & we headed to Pawhuska.
The Mercantile opened on Halloween, & we knew it would be a lengthy wait. When we arrived, we could already see a long line. Upon further investigation, we were informed that there were two entrances: One was for the deli-style restaurant, which had an hour-long wait, & one was for everything else - the general store, bakery, coffee shop, & candy counter - & had a 20-minute wait. Since we were just stopping in for brunch & shopping, we decided to go the quicker route & head for the short line.
Mercantile employees were so friendly, & kept everyone informed about wait times. There were also heat lamps set up around both lines, so everyone could huddle around & keep warm, despite being stuck outside! The employee at the front of our line was kind enough to offer to take our photo as well.
Once we got inside, we did some shopping! The general store is somewhat like a nicer, more feminine version of Cracker Barrel's general store. There were many things from the Pioneer Woman Walmart line, but so much more, too! You could find all of the Pioneer Woman cookbooks, lots of local Oklahoma-made goods, clothes & jewelry that fit Ree Drummond's style, & tons of home goods. At one point, my sisters & I all collectively gasped & said, "OH MY GOSH," over some adorable mugs. For the guys, there was a little section of goods, including a gun-shaped bottle-opener & some bacon-themed items (I'd be more specific, but I didn't pay much attention, honestly - too many other fun, pretty things to look at!). & for the kids (or me), there were cute stuffed animals, the children's book Ree wrote about Charlie the Ranch Dog (& lots of Charlie items!), & other toys.
The bakery, coffee shop, & candy counter area were upstairs. I opted for a lavender latte, although I was tempted by the Cowgirl Coffee: one of the house specialties, which includes sarsaparilla. Most of us grabbed danishes as well, & I can honestly say, that fruit danish was the best danish I have ever had! So soft, sweet, & amazing. I also snagged a few chocolates to bring home & share with Laker, including a Reeses Pieces-covered pretzel, a Tiramisu chocolate ball, & some cookies & cream fudge. There were so many pastry & candy options, it was difficult to choose! But that just gives me something to look forward to when we go back!
One thing I found very impressive were all of the details that were put into making the experience enjoyable. The coffee cups had the cutest floral sleeves, & the plates for the bakery were simple, but nice. The plastic silverware was actually silver, & the paper napkins were thick & soft, not thin & papery like most restaurants. The bakery & candy displays were clean & neat, & the seating area was upstairs, away from the loudness of the store. Seating was arranged in small table areas, with some pretty floral couches added in. The displays in the general store were colorful & fun, & all of the items seemed to fit into the theme. Nothing seemed like it was there by accident.
Here are a few final photos of our time at the Mercantile! We also got a photo of the Drummond Ranch on the way out of town. We had a really fun experience, & I'm already thinking about taking my in-laws next time they're in the area! Hopefully next time, we'll get to check out the deli as well!
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