Last minute gift ideas: Historic Wolff Mercantile
If you’re like me, you may think you’ve purchased all your holiday gifts…and then realize there’s at least one or two people you’ve “forgotten.”
I was recently at Historic Washington State Park in Washington and had the opportunity to visit Coulter Farmstead’s Wolff Mercantile. The array of gifts, from candles to candies to unique gifts like a “color-it-yourself” space explorer pillowcase (complete with washable pens so it can be reused), was a shopper’s dream. But then, it got even better. Talking to Brad Hauser, the owner and operator of the mercantile and Coulter Farmstead, I found out that everything in the shop, apart from Moon Pies, Goo-Goo Clusters and drinks, is made by someone he personally knows. It’s a collection of all his favorite things.
The original Wolff General Store was established in 1871 in nearby Bingen and run by the same family for over a century. The building was raised and relocated onto the farmstead and completely restored. With over 2,500-square-feet, Hauser has plans to add a café featuring coffee, ice cream, sandwiches and desserts in the near future. The very back of the historic general store will become a unique studio rental.