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    Chamber Celebrates New Member and New Business Smith + Trade Mercantile
    Kelli Kaufer and Erin Quast, co-owners, cut the ribbon at the Chamber celebration for new member Smith + Trade Mercantile.
    Photo courtesy of Kristina Marshall, Kristina Lynn Photography and Design..
    July 23, 2019. Stillwater, MN. The Greater Stillwater Chamber of Commerce celebrated the new
    member and new business Smith + Trade Mercantile at a ribbon cutting on July 18, 2019. The
    event took place at 229 Main Street South, Stillwater. Smith + Trade co-owners, Kelli Kaufer and
    Erin Quast, staff, several of the smiths (artisans), family, friends, fans, Chamber Ambassadors,
    members, and staff shared in the celebration. Around 100 people in attendance cheered when
    the ribbon was cut.
    It started just a few months ago at a wine tasting, the idea for Smith + Trade Mercantile that is,
    and came to fruition at the end of May. If you do the math, it means Smith + Trade wasn't even
    a concept in 2018. Things have come together fast and furiously for the small business owners,
    Kelli and Erin. The duo puts a face and a story to handmade products and lets the buyer identify
    and embrace why that person put such passion into their creation. The mission of the store is to
    provide a retail brick and mortar experience, along with online marketing and eCommerce
    support, for Minnesota / St Croix Valley merchants who want to showcase the best Minnesota
    has to offer.
    Smith + Trade is looking forward to growing their business and being a vital part of the
    community. “Our goal at the Mercantile is to create an experience where artisans and
    customers can interact through special events, classes, and unique market shopping
    experiences; like our Mercantile Markets starting in August. These markets will focus on
    collaborating with the community, local farmers, neighboring merchants and our Smith’s,”
    explains Kelli. Both of the store owners reside in the Valley. Kelli resides in Stillwater with her
    husband, Paul, while Erin and her husband, Roger, call Oak Park Heights home.

    Smith + Trade Mercantile
    229 Main Street South, Unit B
    Stillwater, MN 55082
    Kelli Kaufer
    (651) 342-2976


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