Modern Mercantiles

Best Shops 2023

For us the modern mercantile is a store offering a wide range of goods. Historically, these shops would often provide all kinds of goods in sparsely populated areas, similar to general stores, country stores and corner shops. Labour and Wait, founded in 2000, inspired a new generation of modern mercantiles featuring timeless, well-made and functional products.

1. Labour And Wait

Homeware Kitchenware Stationery Books Apparel

Labour and Wait is the original purveyor of classic, timeless everyday goods.

Shoreditch Store 85 Redchurch Street, London, E2 7DJ, UK

Marylebone Store 48 Dorset Street, Marylebone, London, W1U 7NE, UK

2. Edinburgh Mercantile

Homeware Gift

A beautifully appointed store filled with products that are practical and useful.

Edinburgh Store 18 N W Circus Place, Stockbridge, Edinburgh, EH3 6SX, UK

3. Landline


Well-made objects for daily life, plastic free and sourced in Europe.

Paris Store 107 Avenue Parmentier, 75011 Paris, FR

4. Hark

Homeware Gift Hardware

Timeless, useful, well-designed products that stand the test of time.

Dalkey Store 42 Castle Street, Dalkey, Co. Dublin, A96 XR23, IE

5. Boston General Store

General Apothecary Stationery Kids Homeware Gift

Purveyor of functional, high-quality goods, crafted by makers from around the world.

Dedham Store 626 High Street, Dedham, MA 02026, USA

Brookline Store 305 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA 02446, USA

6. Odgers & McClelland Exchange Stores

Kitchenware Homeware Garden

A historic 1891 rough-built timber and corrugated iron building general store.

Nundle Store 81 Jenkins Street, Nundle NSW 2340, AU

7. A Design&Life Project

General Stationery Homeware Hardware

Vintage style general store home goods, accessories, and hardware.

Taipei Store 103, Taipei City, 279 Nanjing West Road, TW

8. Casa González & González


A petite homeware shop filled with well-crafted, handmade, functional, and timeless goods.

Madrid Store Calle de Pelayo, 68, 28004 Madrid, ES

9. The Hub General Store

General Homeware Stationery Food Gift

A general store filled with variety of goods for daily living.

Melbourne Store 36 Cambridge Street, Collingwood, Melbourne VIC 3066, AU

10. Logan Mercantile

General Kitchenware Homeware Sewing Garden

Eco-friendly, well-crafted, and functional everyday goods.

Chicago Store 3505 West Fullerton Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647, USA