by Jessica Underhill | May 26, 2017
E. Smith Mercantile first opened its doors in the Spring of 2013 in Seattle's historic Pioneer Square. The shop's concept is grounded in American heritage and family history. Jessie Poole, her sister Sara and mother Kate, are responsible for this new take on the classic General Store. The shop offers small batch, hand crafted goods with a focus on passing the maker's story directly to the customer. The team also offers an in-house curated line of dry-goods, coffee, candles and bitters. Nestled in the back of their space is a Pre-Prohibition style bar. When they first opened, this space was originally a 10-seat, horseshoe shaped bar that would immediately fill up with regulars. It was an intimate space that encouraged conversation with the bartender, or a stranger across the way. These elements were not lost with their recent expansion. The newly reconstructed space is appropriately named The Heritage Room and will house their monthly dinners, on-going workshops and small private gatherings.
The ties of community run through every part of this shop, from intimate Guest Chef Dinners to monthly Art Walk events. It is even reflected in the bar menu, with 50% of proceeds from the "The Muralist" cocktail - tequila, saler's, dolin blanc, lavender bitters - going to support youth programs at Urban Artworks. E. Smith Mercantile is a neighborhood staple that continues to generate buzz around new projects. We are inspired seeing their passion and drive and will be loyal supporters as they continue to thrive in the years to come.
Photography by AJ Ragasa
Back Bar & Heritage Room
E. Smith Mercantile & Back Bar
208 1st Ave S
Seattle, Wa 98104