A Trip to The Mercantile

I had a chance to do something I've wanted to do for awhile: visit The Mercantile in Pawhuska, Oklahoma. Those of you who are fans of the Pioneer Woman know what I'm talking about. If you're scratching your head, "The Merc" as it's fondly called is a restaurant, bakery, general store and tourist attraction founded by Ree Drummond, blogger and Food Network personality.

While our daughter and her family visited us for Easter, we three girls drove nearly to the Oklahoma/Kansas border, crossing Route 66 and the Cimarron River along the way.

We were excited to find a parking place just down the street from the front door of The Merc, about half a block away. The week before had been Oklahoma's spring break and The Merc had been quite crowded, so we were glad to see a smaller crowd on the day we visited. Inside, we waited about twenty minutes in line under these distinctive wall-art heads for a table in the Deli. It was lunchtime and we decided to eat first, then shop. Only logical, right? If you shop first you might have to get an extra chair for your purchases to sit on while you dine.

We sat under the famous "National Biscuit Co" sign. Our drinks were served in Mason jars and our lunch on fun, mismatched plates.

My turkey club sandwich was spread with delicious basil mayonnaise. That was a new taste for me, and it was oh-so-good. Homemade potato chips were piled on the side. Even without lettuce (at my request) the sandwich was so thick that I could hardly take a bite out of it. Two thumbs up!

We didn't linger afterwards since there was still a line of people waiting for tables. Shopping was next on our agenda.


I enjoyed the feel of the general store area, old-fashioned but well-designed, cheerful and well-lit. I felt as though I'd stepped back in time, surrounded by vintage and modern merchandise.

Those jadeite-look cake plates and mixing bowls really called my name.

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Below the display shelf units are banks of drawers. My daughter pointed out that each drawer was full of more merchandise - not more of what was on the shelves, but additional items such as dish towels, pot holders, salt shakers and more. I would have missed seeing those things if she hadn't pointed it out to me.

What a cute sheep face. The other plates in the set had cow faces and pig faces and rooster faces, but the only goat items I saw had an old horned billy goat so I passed. If I were an artist I'd design a sweet dairy doe's face with a wreath of flowers. (If you're an artist, please do that. Preferably a long-eared Nubian, ok?)

I bought this pint-size turquoise Mason jar to hold flowers on my desk. Aqua, teal, turquoise are my current favorite colors.

Then we climbed the grand staircase to the second floor bakery. I'd promised hubby and my son-in-law a bakery treat since they didn't go with us.

I texted hubby to ask which he'd like me to bring home for him: a strawberry cupcake or pecan sticky bun. "Both" he replied, then called me to make sure I'd gotten his text.

I chose this devil's food cupcake with cream cheese frosting. I wasn't disappointed; it was delicious.

We had a camera malfunction and lost many of the photos with "us" in them.

Also upstairs is a comfortable seating area for visitors to sit and visit, and relax a bit before beginning their journeys home.

Merchandise is delightfully arranged on the first floor of The Mercantile and ranges from clothing and cookbooks to kitchenware and fun miscellaneous items. Gift wrapping is also available.

If you can't make it to Oklahoma to visit in person, you can shop the Pioneer Woman's merchandise online at The Mercantile.com. Select pieces are also available at WalMart and Amazon.

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  1. Looks like fun! I'd LOVE to go there. If ever I am in that region, you can bet I'll make a visit! And I have that cake stand and I adore it :)

    1. Lucky you, having that sweet cake stand!

  2. What an amazing store! Those cupcakes look absolutely delicious! We have similar stores in our country areas of NSW, here in Australia.
    I also like your philosophy on being simple, self reliant & God dependent life!

    You're most welcome to drop by for a cup of inspiration anytime!

    1. Thank you, Jennifer. It was a fun day. Do you get to visit those local places very often?

  3. So funny that I stumbled across this today. My mom, daughter, and I are going in May as a mother's day getaway! We are going to stay in Bartlesville in the Price Tower, visit the mercantile, go to the ranch, and of course eat! I can't wait! I love your post. Were you there on the weekend or a weekday?

    1. What fun, Karla! We went on a Tuesday so we'd miss possible weekend crowds. The food is delicious!

  4. How fun! I enjoyed visiting through you. It looks charming and worth the drive. Did you have to wait very long to be seated for lunch? Thanks for sharing!

    1. We waited about 15-20 minutes, Michelle. Not too bad.


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