Livingston Mercantile, a modern store that recalls a bygone era, is now open in Madison County’s Town of Livingston located at the intersection of Mississippi 463 and 22.
“We’re a throwback to the general store,” said Ron Guerieri, who is Livingston Mercantile’s general manager and a business partner with Bowen Eason, who is its president and founder.
The store and its restaurant, The Gathering, anchor the Town of Livingston’s 44-acre town square, which will also have a barbershop and office building. The building style is that of the 1880s when Livingston served as Madison County’s first county seat. Livingston lost its charter in the 1940s.
The Livingston Farmers Market, which features local produce, honey, live music, arts and crafts, food vendors and a wine garden, has until now been the major draw for the development.
Livingston Mercantile sells the modern-day conveniences of gasoline, ethanol-free gasoline and diesel fuel — and service so that the driver doesn’t have to pump his or her own. “We have a young man who will pump your gasoline, check the oil, air your tires and wash your windshield,” Guerieri said.
The store sells basic grocery items as well as gourmet foods and locally grown produce. A hunter can stock up on gear such as ammunition, camouflage clothing, orange caps, boots and trail cameras while a fishing enthusiast can find cane poles, rods, reels, hooks, lures, sinkers and live worms.
The store also stocks basic hardware needs such as screwdrivers, hammers, brooms, pails, flashlights, light bulbs and more. Pet lovers will find dog food, bird feeders, birdseed and more.
Ole Miss and Mississippi State fans can find apparel, and beer lovers can stock up on craft brews from Mississippi’s eight microbreweries as well as some from Louisiana, Alabama and Georgia. “You can build your own six packs,” Guerieri said.
The Gathering, a farm-to-table concept inside the store, features chef Paul Adair, former sous chef at Table 100 in Flowood and a graduate of the Culinary Institute of New York.
The gathering is open for breakfast and lunch and plans to serve dinner starting next month, Guerieri said. The menu includes a hearty Southern breakfast, chicken and waffles, and other favorites to start the day and blue-plate specials at lunch. Brunch is served on Sunday starting at 11 a.m.; breakfast is not available on Sunday.
“The restaurant uses as much local produce as it can,” Guerieri said. “We have relationships with several local farms.”
The store has been in the works for about 2½ years, Guerieri said, noting its location in what was once a thriving area.
“We’re located in a dynamic growth area for Jackson and Madison County,” he said.
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Last modified: August 30, 2017