Egg & The Urban Mercantile

Egg & The Urban Mercantile

Apr 27, 2006

Ever wonder where catalogue merchants like Garnet Hill find props for their photo shoots?

We do, since the scattering of home accessories used to make their staged rooms feel more real are often the most coveted things in these catalogues. We're not saying whether Egg & The Urban Mercantile does in fact have a sideline business supplying art directors; we're just saying that they should. Everything in this small neighborhood store feels special and personal.

Egg & The Urban Mercantile has an organic, art- and design-conscious style that springs directly from the eclectic tastes and sensibilities of its owners, Marisa Lin (Egg) and Bradley Burch (The Urban Mercantile). For several years now this duo has been quietly retailing a beautifully-curated selection of contemporary home accessories, including software, tableware, glassware and lighting, a small selection of unique furniture pieces, and paintings and ceramics by local artists.

Prices are decent, and the odds that you'll be pleased with your purchase are even better. Considering the expertly-edited feel of the merchandise, we find it gratifying that Burch and Lin did not just set out to foist their excellent taste on people with money to burn:

Burch says, "We take our price points seriously and really consider our customers and their presumption of a fair price. We try to have something for everyone. Though we know that most people are conservative when shopping. (Given that many people are fine buying housewares from Ikea for fractions of the price in boutiques."

The most expensive items in the store are lamps and furniture, which range from $175 to $2200.

Egg & The Urban Mercantile's colorful pillows, blankets, and throws range from $30 to $200.

Fine art ranges from $50 to $200. Colorway paintings look great in a series, but even one alone would light up an entryway and create a warm welcome for guests.

Ceramics and glass ranges from from $4 to $200. Hand-shaped, graphically-glazed vessels are made by a local ceramicist and look terrific in small groupings, with or without flowers.

Deeply-hued towels and bath mats in shaggy, thirsty terry range from $12 to $72. And in the not-strictly-housewares department, Egg & The Urban Mercantile also sells beautiful letterpressed papergoods, jewelry, children's clothes, books, and nursery bedding.

Under the Urban Mercantile calling card Burch and Lin also take on interior decoration and consultation, product design and development, wholesale to other retailers, e-commerce, and artist

For the time being, the duo's online presence is geared towards wedding registry, but Burch has expansion plans in the works. No matter though; the store is worth a trip.

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