Take one step inside Mercantile in Rice Village, or in the new location in Montrose, and you realize it's more than just a coffee shop. Mercantile, as defined by Merriam-Webster Dictionary is an adjective describing something that is "of or relating to the business of buying and selling products to earn money." That would explain why the quaint shop sells a multitude of local products, wine, beer, frozen treats and baked goods. It's a miniature specialty grocery store inside an espresso bar and coffee shop.
Mercantile might not be as large as other specialty markets, but it does hold a variety of products you need to buy, other than coffee throughout the day, or beer and wine at night. So, order a latte and scan the store for these ten best items.