Local holiday shopping just got easier this year: Merchantile Indoor Market For Arizona sellers, they opened a second location in September in the upper part of Phoenix. A grand opening with live music, giveaways, pop-ups and more is set for this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, October 8 and 9.
Phoenix Merchant presents the same concept scottsdale dealer, which opened at 3965 North Brown Avenue in Old Town Scottsdale in October 2019 with individual makers and retailers renting space to sell their products. About 80 vendors have set up shop in Phoenix, while Scottsdale has more than 100.
The Phoenix Independent Building at 730 East Missouri Avenue houses about 30 vendors who also have kiosks in Scottsdale and 50 new retailers across 5,400 square feet.
“We were looking for stores that were roughly the same size and they were either too big or too small and this store was the same size as ours in Scottsdale,” says founder and co-owner Kimberly Buck. “It was perfect for what we were looking for.”
Buck said that while the Scottsdale Old Town site was developed with visitors in mind, Phoenix is focusing more on products specific to the Phoenicians. “Old town of Scottsdale is very tourist oriented, which is great, but we wanted to branch out into a local community,” she says.
Buck’s sister, Brisol Diaz, who co-owns Phoenix Market, says that while it still has an “desert vibe” centered on Arizona, the new space is “styer, more colorful, and more modern.” Buck adds that he sells more home décor, which isn’t easy to pass on to the zodiac, along with plenty of gifts for women, men, and kids.
Few of the most popular shops in Phoenix include Sugar Ferry Jeweleryunderwear from disgraceful rebellion clothes and more Arizona iconAnd the Uptown Hippie And the Old Town Gypsy Boutique. Although not everything is made locally, all of the vendors are located in Arizona.
Also, The Merchantile allows many to have a physical presence they would not otherwise have by providing not only space, but retail staff. Physical presence helps sellers build their brand in real life and allows for automatic and last minute purchases.
“It really took my business to the next level,” says Nick Carmichael, owner of Iconic Arizona. “I’m able to have a retail site that I’ve been able to design and stock, but I don’t have to manage on a daily basis. I’ve probably doubled my sales in the last two or three years, and it keeps growing.”
Carmichael adds that being able to sell his products for pay and mortars is a “big advantage” for people who are crushed for time. If they call him and need a birthday present or something to wear to a sporting event and he can’t wait for delivery, he sends them to The Merchantile.
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Buck says her husband, Eugene Buck, motivated and inspired her to launch The Merchantile of Scottsdale after they moved to the Valley for his job. She earned most of her income selling her handbag in outdoor markets in Southern California, but she’s never seen a match here.
And then, Buck remembers thinking, “Man, even if I find one, what about summer? I’m going to lose my summer entry because it’s so hot.”
She came up with the idea of a place that would sell “the best of Arizona” with makers, designers, and curators. Now, Buck sells her own line of Krista Paige Handbags and Merch Babe clothing at both The Merchantile locations.
There is a waiting list for sellers, who can apply online for a place, and Buck hopes to continue expanding the business. After opening in Scottsdale, The Merchantile also hosted a pop-up at Tempe Marketplace from November 2021 through March 2022, and says it’s going to love more locations for sure. Look for the future incarnation of The Merchantile in the East and/or West Valley.
The grand opening will be from 10am-2pm on Saturday and 11am-2pm on Sunday, although the market will be open until 6pm on Saturday and 5pm on Sunday. Regular hours at The Merchantile of Phoenix are 11am-6pm Monday through Friday, 10am-6pm on Saturday, and 11am-5pm on Sunday.
The first 50 customers at the grand opening this weekend will receive a seller gift bag. Also, the Merchantile of Phoenix is collecting school supplies and hygiene along with cash donations for children at Excelencia School and their families throughout October. Anyone who donates this weekend will be entered to win a huge gift basket.
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