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COMMUNITY - "Handmade on Main: New business supports local artists"

TREMONTON - By Ellen Cook, Headliner Media Specialist - July 27, 2021

Looking for a clever welcome sign to hang on your front door? Perhaps it’s fancy candles to enhance a romantic mood. Or maybe your beloved pet just needs a good bar of soap to improve his bath time.

Then look no further than Main Street Mercantile, a unique new business now opened at 46 W Main, Tremonton.

Owner Sara Mohrman said she is excited to bring her twist on shopping for that “one-of-a-kind” handmade item, as well as promote her passion for those artisans who just need a place to showcase their talents.

Sara and her husband, Scott, are relatively new to the Tremonton area, having moved here in 2019, for a job change, after a nearly eight-year stop in New Orleans. Before Louisiana, the Mohrmans called New York, Illinois, Michigan and North Carolina home for a time.

“We’ve moved a lot,” Sara admits. “We have lived in big cities and small towns and everywhere we have lived, we have experienced different people and different cultures. It has opened our eyes and our hearts to the importance of city revitalization, community development and the need to get involved in the area.”

When they relocated to Tremonton, Sara was already firmly established as a small business owner on Etsy, where she had been selling her handcrafted signs for more than a decade.

“We noticed an empty retail space on Main Street,” Sara recalled. “Probably for half my life I have wanted to have a retail store where I could support artists, makers and small businesses. My husband said, ‘Go sign a lease and we will figure it out.’”

That is just what they did. Sara said she began gathering local artists who talents were being overlooked and underappreciated. She then included more from across the United States.

“Nearly half of the artists in my store are from Utah,” she noted, “and all but two are women. Some are married, some are not. Some are single moms. I want to help women in business whatever stage in life they are at.”

That help means promoting a wide variety of skills and talents. “I know how hard it is to get your name out there,” she said, and is confident her business will help push those craftsmen into the limelight. “We hope to grow from here as we focus on the unique and the quality items we have in the store. I think it is the best way to impact your economy in a positive way.”

With the holiday season upcoming, Sara is urging the community to look close to home when thinking of gifts. “You don’t have to leave town to shop,” she said. “We have a good variety for everyone on your shopping list.”

Helping Tremonton grow is also part of her agenda. “I hope we can help revitalize Tremonton’s Main Street and encourages others to come in and bring other small businesses to Tremonton and to Garland.”

She wants to get involved in other ways, including food drives and DIY craft parties that will bring the community together. “We have a space where people can come in through our doors and help support those in need in our community, outside of shopping.”

For now, Sara is focusing on making her business succeed. “I am really excited to be here and thankful to the community and their show of support already,” she said. “I’m excited to see where everything goes from here.”

Main Street Mercantile is open Thursdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Those makers of sellable creations who would like to have items sold on consignment at the store can message Sara through the business Facebook page to see if they fit Main Street Mercantile.

All photos courtesy of Scott Mohrman


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