November 8, 2010

R.A. Green Mercantile

The R.A. Green Mercantile is located at 1022 Main Street between the Visitor’s Center and Calvary Episcopal Church, and it is practically a little artist colony all by itself. Since this week was dedicated to the artists and merchants of the R.A. Green Mercantile, I figured we should meet the rest of the businesses housed there. Currently, there are eight businesses in the Mercantile: Artmakers Collective, Wild Thyme Herb Shop, The Blue Donkey Gallery, Artists n Action, Logos and Lace, Telling Your Story, Artist Cuauhtemoc Perez, and Sculptor Bill McGlaun.

Logos and Lace, owned by Teresa McKenna, is a specialty shop that offers custom embroidery and gift items that can be personalized for special occasions. You may also bring in your own items for personalization, including towels, dress shirts, t-shirts, caps, and more. Shop hours are Tuesday through Friday 10:30am-5:30pm and Saturday 10:30am-2:30pm. For more information, call Teresa at (512) 689-7985 or email

Telling Your Story is owned by Jane Hunt and has just returned to the R.A. Green Mercantile. Everyone has a story to tell, whether it’s about family heritage, a special event, one’s own life, or someone else’s life. Using photos and related memorabilia, Jane can create a book of lasting memories for you and your family to enjoy for years to come. Business hours are 10:00am-5:00pm Thursday through Saturday or by appointment. For more information, call Jane at (512) 581-2712 or email

Cuauhtemoc “Temo” Perez is an artist who creates large paintings in beautiful, vivid oils. Temo sometimes draws inspiration from his interest in ancient Aztec culture. His color-saturated, highly contrasting, oil and acrylic paintings are often described as symbolic, surreal, inventive, surprising and occasionally unsettling. He often looks inward and allows whatever is there to emerge and express itself in images born from his imagination. The result is work that is spontaneous and personal. His works are unique, personal expressions that flow from the source of his being. A collector of his works is not only taking home a magnificent painting, but truly a part of his soul. Temo doesn’t hold to the expectations of others, but remains true to his vision… “I only need to create.” For more information, visit (As a little side note… I created his website, so if you’re in the market for a website, please let me know!)

Bill McGlaun is an amazing sculptor, with talent to spare. His sculptures are beautiful, creative, and breathtaking. One of his pieces is even housed at the Vatican. He has sculptures for sale, or you may commission a piece. To see some of his fine creations in person, you can visit his studio at the Mercantile or go to his next showcase on Friday, Sept. 24th, from 5pm-9pm at Samantics Squared, located at 206 Main Street in Smithville, Texas. There will also be paintings and sculptures by D. Childress. For more information, please call (512) 581-8707.

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