The Golden Gem Mercantile is a family owned and ran small business. Our goal is to provide our customers with a variety of products and amazing experience.
In 2004, we pulled into the driveway of this small farm in North Baltimore County. The charming farmhouse was perfect for our small family of three. But what was most endearing was the huge barn that once was home to dairy cows and a pasture that grew berries for the local markets in it's heyday. The barn was beautiful, but needed someone with a vision to bring it back to its former glory.
Over the years we spent time remodeling the old barn. It was a labor of love. We worked full time jobs and spent many weekends sanding, painting, and repairing to bring out the barns beautiful architecture. We designed doors and made plans to repurpose the barn. We needed professional help. Fortunately we found Simeon Sultzfus, our barn expert. Simeon made our vision come true and the barn over the years turned from a community eyesore to what some neighbors have called an important iconic symbol of this small town at a crossroads 30 miles north of Baltimore City that is well known for its equestrian community.
With a big barn and no cows or horses we had room for our passions, hobbies, and artistic expression. For years, we would host candle making days with friends and family. What started as a passion soon grew into a small side business. The candle company now occupies the barn in its entirety. Milk Reclamation Barn sells candles to high end retail shops from coast to coast. We are truly a barn made candle company.
The Golden Gem Mercantile is a family owned and ran small business. Our mission is to provide our customers with a variety of products and an amazing experience. The Golden Gem offers our consumers the opportunity to shop a unique selection of products. We provide a venue where our customers can shop pieces by local talent, a clothing boutique, enjoy a coffee house, shop locally grown farm fresh products, and pick up your animal feed and supplies.
IT'S IMPORTANT TO GIVE IT ALL YOU HAVE WHILE YOU HAVE THE CHANCE
My husband and I have been married for 11 years. He was born and raised in this community loving farming and ranching. I was raised in Spokane Valley and easily converted into a country girl. With generations of knowledge he started formulating his own animal feed for cows, chickens, and pigs. His feed became very well known throughout the community and our surrounding areas. We both had a dream of entrepreneurship, so we decided to create a store that could be a one stop shop for the community. Together with his knowledge of animals and my love for fashion, coffee and supporting local, we created the Golden Gem Mercantile. With our three boys, two dogs, cows, chickens and our horse we are going on our 5th year and enjoying every crazy minute of it.