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“Cohesive boutique” coming to Mt. Holly

Kendle Starcher of Catalyst Mercantile.

By Alan Hodge

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The already vibrant Mt. Holly arts and crafts scene is getting a new addition that’s also an interesting business concept.

Named Catalyst Mercantile and owned by Kendle Starcher, the basic idea will see local artists and other creative folks come together and have their wares on sale under one roof at 117 N. Main St. in downtown Mt. Holly.

Starcher, who is a jewelry artist, explained how she hatched the idea for Catalyst Mercantile.

“I had been thinking about the concept for a couple of years,” she said. “I had been going to pop-up craft markets and made connections with others who made art and crafts but also had full-time jobs. Catalyst Mercantile will give them the chance to have an outlet for their work and keep the pop-up concept with the convenience of a storefront.”

Vendors will rent a space in the store. Starcher has also come up with a way for them to save on rent.

“They can come to the store and work one or two days a month,” she said. “Not only can they get a rent discount,  they can also meet customers personally.”

So far, Starcher has over a dozen vendors lined up. Art works and products that will be offered are wide ranging and include jewelry, goat milk soaps, art prints of Mt. Holly scenes, watches, chic clothing, candles, whimsical greeting cards, home décor, and accessories.

“About eighty percent of the items are handmade,” said Starcher.

Right now, the store is stocked, but due to the ongoing health situation, she is waiting to open the doors to the public.

“We are playing it by ear,” she said.

Until  then, folks can buy items online at thecatalystmercantile.com. Contact that same address for more information and details as well.