Thursday, April 11, 2013

J: Jax Mercantile

I'm sending some local love today to a home-grown business that will turn 60 this year. From the Jax Mercantile Company website:


"Jax began in 1953 as humble structure built on the edge of the Dreher family pickle farm boarding  (bordering?) Highway 287 in north Fort Collins. The Dreher boys constructed it out of steel once used to hold up steam engine water tanks and wooden ammunition crates. The boys sold military surplus items they purchased after attending a government sale."

The Dreher family owned Jax for 33 years before Jim Quinlan bought it and began expanding. These days, Jax has moved way beyond surplus and is one of those fun stores that sells everything for real outdoors-y people and pretenders like me. And Jax is community-oriented and donates to many local causes. There are six stores now, five in Northern Colorado and one in Ames, Iowa. The original store still stands on the site of that first "humble structure." But the pickle farm is long gone.





11 comments:

Jen Forbes said...

What a great store! such character..

lizy-expat-writer said...

A proper general store - or should that be spent Jeneral?

sassyspeaks said...

that's great you still have some of history still standing. We don't have as much but do still have one of the original dept stores. Prob everyone els's towns look nice than our own.

Susan Scott said...

It looks wonderfully fresh and clean and what a great history! Loved the comment above - Jeneral store!
Great post thanks Paula!
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Mark Means said...

Nothing better than homegrown, local businesses!

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Rebecca Green Gasper said...

I love Jax...shopped there many a times! :)

Amy Jarecki said...

So cool! What a neat family store :-)

Patricia Stoltey said...

I've only been in the JAX store way north on 287 but that one could keep me occupied for hours. I really need to visit the other one too.

Jennifer Huber said...

Sounds like my kind of place, love the independent shops, especially those with a diverse selection of merchandise!

Happy A to Z-ing :)

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mauijungalow.com said...

Sweet. Gotta support local stores, they have so much character.

Connie Gruning said...

What an awesome store. I love a store with history!
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