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“We built cities, cleared land, and subdued nature. It seems only fitting to relax at the threshold of the uncontrolled and the civilized — perched on a wooden rocker.”


Wednesday, September 12, 2018 | Updated Wednesday, September 26, 2018

More than a Spasm of Virtue

President Theodore Roosevelt

Adventuresome. Courageous to explore and experience the unknown or unfamiliar. Bold and outspoken. Determined overcomer. I founded our company in 2015 based, in part, by looking back to certain giants of virtue, character and example (both those we know personally and also on a broader basis) who have gone before us as role models / guides and embody all that makes Mission Mercantile (and me) who we are and strive to be. One way to put it is w...

Thursday, August 31, 2017 | Updated Wednesday, May 09, 2018

An American Renaissance of Sorts

Chuck Bowen, Mission Mercantile CEO and Founder

Chuck Bowen, Mission Mercantile CEO and Founder My way of doing business sprouted and was nurtured working in my father’s hardware store. He believed that doing good business depended on offering well-made, dependable merchandise at a fair price. Our family was blessed running our business that way. Looking back I can see how right then and there (as a young fellow) I decided that’s the ONLY way to do business. Folks would return to o...

Friday, July 07, 2017 | Updated Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Mission Man Series - Episode 1

La Due Guitars are built here.

As promised in the introduction of the Front Porch, new friends will drop by. Kevin La Due launches our Mission Man Series. Mission men pursue dreams with focus and intent. Success is not a pursuit but a by-product. They are men made to move; to get things done; to make things happen. As craftsman of fine leather goods, we can appreciate the soul of Mr. La Due. The selection of a leather hide, thread for stitching, and authentic copper rivets ...

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 | Updated Friday, May 11, 2018

The Front Porch – Our First Post

End of the golden years.

Some consider the front porch an architectural adornment. It has vanished and reappeared throughout history and various cultures. We emphatically believe that the American front porch is unique in the lineage of its ancestors. “Porch” is a derivative of the Latin “porticus” and Greek “portico” represented by a columned entry. A vestibule in the Middle Ages was a place where worshippers gathered. The modern version is an incomplete walled are...