Hi all! I’m sorry I’ve been MIA lately, I took a little more time off during the holidays than I was expecting. My parents came to Oklahoma last week and I decided to hang out and do the tour-y thing rather than write. My parents really wanted to see The Pioneer Woman Mercantile store, so we drove the hour and half to Pawhuska, OK to see it all and have breakfast. If you find yourself in the area, you should see the Mercantile but you should also drive the 45 min to Ponca City see the Marland Mansion. This was my 3rd tour of the Mansion and I love it. But I’ll get into that later!
First up, the Mercantile. I have long time been a fan of The Pioneer Woman. She just so likable, ya know? Her blog was beautiful and fantastic and that’s how she got her start, as a blog. When I moved to Oklahoma two years ago, I’ve had countless people asked if I’ve met her. She is an OSU fan, after all. But alas, I still have not. But, at least I finally made it to The Mercantile.
We arrived in Pawhuska about 9:45 and that seemed like the perfect time if you want to go for breakfast. Of course, this was a random Tuesday and we were hoping it would be not-so-packed. We got right in and seated right away. The menu was packed full of breakfast favorites – bacon, eggs, pancakes, ya know – the works. Plus, a pastry menu and some custom drinks. The lunch menu looked even better, but by 10:45 the line was down the street. Maybe if we try lunch at 2:45? Next time :).
When we first arrived on the breakfast side, we were greeted by a lovely cafe style eatery. I love the decor – rustic yet classic. That’s kind of what I’m going for here in my house, but I was completely put in my place by The Mercantile.
The menu tells a story of how when they started renovations, they uncovered the original Nabisco Co. logo on the brick. So cool! What a history this building has.
As you can see, there is a coffee bar and quick grab food as well. Some of the tables, including our table, overflow into the store side of the building. I took this photo from my seat.
The store was filled with all sorts of perfectly placed, cowboy, pioneer-y themed merchandise and displays. All very Americana feeling.
They had so many cute kids stuff, from cowboy inspired to wood kitchens and food to stuffed animals and old school vintage toys.
This store was great – they even had some Pioneer Woman inspired fashion – sweaters and jewelry. The kind of stuff she is always giving away on her blog. But, my favorite part was upstairs.
I’ve heard if you are lucky, you might be able to meet her, but I apparently wasn’t that lucky. My dad rode the elevator with her father-in-law but didn’t realize it was him, haha. Anyway, upstairs you have the candy shop, where you can watch them make candies and pastries and taffy. So fun. I didn’t sample anything, I think because I was so full I wasn’t thinking straight. Next time I’m there I’ll head up here first.
Like I said, you can walk down the hall and see into the kitchen, where they were making sconces that day. I love watching that kind of stuff, I have no idea why. But, I guess I’m not the only one since they set it up like this.
I love the stain on the wood in these rooms. Just gorgeous. The mix of that and the subway tile and metal ceiling with the brick has me dreaming of our kitchen remodel. I love mixed media.
Still kicking myself for not grabbing some of this taffy. What was I thinking?? I’ll be back, so no worries.
We talked for awhile with one of the friendly workers, who told us this store had really revitalized the area. We decided to stroll down and peek around, where I found this little beauty that I will be using in a future room redo. Can’t wait ;)!
All in all, pretty cool. However, my favorite part of the day was our tour of the Marland Mansion, about 45 mins away. The Marland tale is one of intrigue, fortune, fortune lost and rebuilt 3x over and scandal. I’ll write all about that next week, so come back and visit me then!
Thanks for stopping by!
My Trip to The Pioneer Woman Mercantile
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