Photos: Jack Foley
If you’re a fan of shopping local, you’ll want to check out Mayflower Mercantile. Last fall, the owners of Full Circle Homes, opened this new retail shop filled with unique decor and products created by local makers and artisans. Located at 4 Mayflower Road in Plympton, at the Main Street junction, the shop opened last fall, fulfilling Jen Macdonald’s long-held vision of “bringing back the old country store.”
Many period details add to the store’s atmosphere, from the salvaged beams overhead to the repurposed mixing bowls transformed into lighting fixtures and a long counter comprised of raised and recessed panel fir doors from the 1800s. Particularly striking is an indoor structure topped with an antique cupola, which Macdonald’s husband, Mike Lemieux, drove across several states to retrieve.
The shop is situated in the back portion of an antique that Macdonald and Lemieux nearly didn’t purchase, due to its formerly rundown state. The property previously had a dirt floor, two feet of standing water in the basement, and extensive rot. But the original framing proved solid and straight, and the location ideal—in a business zone. Being experts in the field of historical restoration, the couple realized the potential of the building embarked on a total renovation, which lasted nine months. The site now also houses a rental property and the Full Circle Homes offices.
Inside the shop, many of the antique treasures Macdonald has collected over the years are artfully displayed and available for sale. Shelves brim with local provisions like jams, soaps and pottery from local makers like: Jammed with Love in Plympton, SalterieOne in Duxbury, Snowy Owl Coffee Roasters in Brewster, Salvage Succulents in Quincy, Town Farm Tonics in Westport, goat-milk soaps from Little Farm on Hawthorne in Kingston, Annie’s Pure and Simple all-natural cleaning products in Abington, Local Pottery in Norwell, and Mayflower Mercantile’s own organic soy candles.
Mayflower Mercantile is currently open on weekends from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and for private shopping appointments. Pop-up events are also scheduled throughout the season; check the website for details at mayflowermercantile.com.