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Arkansans Dave and Jenny Marrs transform homes with their unique creativity, targeted yet serendipitous inspiration and innovative ideas on their show Fixer to Fabulous on HGTV. The last episode of their fourth season recently featured a project close to their hearts. They purchased and renovated an old bank that will be a mercantile on the downtown strip of their town, Centerton, Arkansas. Marrs Mercantile’s grand opening is set for Saturday, April 1, at 10 a.m., and you are all invited.
“We hope to recapture and celebrate the role that a mercantile once played as the heart of a community at Marrs Mercantile. A place where community can gather and shop for goods made by their friends and neighbors,” said Jenny Marrs.
The building is full of history but has had more than its fair share of wear and tear over the years. The Marrs knew the building needed to be saved and transformed into something amazing. That is one of the things they do best, after all!
Jenny radiates charm and kindness when she walks into a room. I am blessed to know Jenny personally, and I can tell you every word she says, every story or post she writes, and every renovation she does comes from a beautiful, authentic soul.
My prayer for this place is that is a space where old and new friends can gather and be inspired by beautiful things. A place where the things we sell each tell a story of the ones who created them: handmade pottery, leather goods, woodwork and art. May this place be a respite from the rushed pace of the world. May it be a reminder to slow down and seek beauty in all things and in all people,” said Jenny.
Dave’s heart for people and community is apparent from the first time you meet him. His carpentry skills and creativity are off the charts. Yes, they are the real deal, as we say in the South. This store is a brick-and-mortar manifestation of who they are as people… welcoming and lovely community servants.
The once dilapidated space filled with collapsing tile ceilings and covered-up brick was transformed into a quaint (and charming, of course) shop with historical influences and artisan touches, including a steel vault bathroom door and custom furniture handmade by Dave.
Ben, 12, has spent his time after school and on weekends building custom cutting boards that will be sold at the store. He is following in his dad’s footsteps in the wood shop, and what amazing footsteps he gets to follow. All of their five kids have had a part in helping get the store ready. Lukey got to do the ice cream tasting, I might be a bit envious. I am grateful for the sideline seat watching the Marrs kiddos growing up into amazing young people. And, thanks to Fixer to Fabulous, you all get to too.
Marrs Mercantile will have its ribbon cutting at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 1, and is set to open to the public at 10 a.m. the same day. There will also be a magazine-signing event from noon to 1 p.m.
Regular business hours will be Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.
289 N Main Street
Centerton, AR 72719
Photos by Mike D’Avello, courtesy of Dave and Jenny Marrs.
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Oh my goodness….this is great news to me! I love this sweet couple and all they stand for ….they make us proud! I so wish them all the best and can’t wait to visit the Mercantile. Great story!