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Roam crosses the street to grow

May 22, 2019

Roam Mercantile’s new home at 40 S. Glenwood St. gives owner Grace Peck twice as much space to work with, and that means she can offer more to her customers.

More baby items, more of her own work and more workshops, for example, plus new things, like women’s clothing and open studios for parents with small children.

At Roam’s previous home right across the street “we were very maxed out on space,” Peck said.

Peck’s husband put up display shelves, but she can thank the shop’s previous tenant for the pristine white walls and brushed concrete floor.

“Gallery Wild left us a beautiful blank slate,” Peck said as she gave a tour last week with son Henry, nearly 2, in her arms.

Peck is happy she can offer a bigger baby section.

“There’s such a baby boom going on in Jackson,” she said. “We really do well with baby stuff.”

She now carries a few books, and she’s displaying a wider selection of her decorated onesies, which feature phrases like “Future Angler” and “Wild Child.”

Peck has also stocked some “mama essentials,” items she thinks mothers will like to be able to pop in and buy.

Pacifiers for example. She recalled trying to find Naturesutten pacifiers in Jackson for Henry and ultimately having to order from Amazon. Now she carries them at Roam.

Across the room from the baby goods stands a rack of women’s skirts, dresses and blouses in the $45 to $85 range.

“Its just kind of a fun complement to the rest of the store with a very locals-friendly price point,” Peck said.

What Peck is most excited about, she said, is the large creative space at the back of the store. When Roam lived at 35 S. Glenwood, hosting a workshop meant she had to move inventory to make room. Now that won’t be necessary.

“This will always be kind of an open space,” Peck said.

Heather Kearns, store manager and Peck’s “go-to” person, is a floral expert. She plans to host workshops on topics like flower arranging, caring for indoor plants and succulents and, around the holidays, making wreaths and garlands.

One spot in the creative space is a dedicated work area for Peck, who makes cards, art prints and wedding invitations.

“I’ve been working from my kitchen table,” she said.

The creative space will also be used for open studios for moms and dads. Peck plans to schedule times when they can bring their little ones in and work on art projects. She will supply supplies and a binder of ideas, charging a small fee to cover the cost.

Peck knows from experience with Henry that there are certain times, like bad weather days, when it’s hard for parents to find things to do with their youngsters.

“To me it’s something I really needed as a parent this past winter,” she said. “He’s too little for ski school.”

Elsewhere in the store shoppers will find a variety of gifts and decorative items: jewelry, mugs, pillows, wrapping paper, notebooks and dish towels, to name some. There are even some rather stylish scrunchies, which have been a hit.

“The ’90s are back,” Peck said.

She is enjoying the “new home smell” of the shop and still walks in each morning hardly believing she has all that space.

“I’m so excited,” she said.

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