West Seattle sighting: Free Range Mercantile mobile store-to-be

July 9, 2012 at 10:35 am | In West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | 10 Comments

If you’ve driven Fauntleroy Way SW through Fairmount Springs in the past day-plus, you might have noticed that green bus labeled Free Range Mercantile. Kaela did, and sent a note wondering if we knew the story behind it. We had only just noticed the bus ourselves hours earlier, but after a little sleuthing overnight, we tracked down the info: You’ve heard of food trucks? Meet a retail truck! West Seattle entrepreneur Mary Summers, who you might know from CAPERS, is launching a mobile store. Reached via e-mail, Mary told us, “I’ll be selling sustainable goods, domestically sourced and fairly traded. Still filling in a few categories, but all useful items: brushes, brooms, tools, laundry soap, dish towels — home and hardware. This was my first weekend off after having worked at Capers for 16 years. A whole new adventure.” Mary hasn’t set an opening date yet for Free Range Mercantile – she just got the bus painted and found that “parking space” – but she expects to announce the date soon.


  1. What a great idea! Good luck, Mary!

    Comment by Tom — 10:39 am July 9, 2012 #

  2. Way cool! Just a bit of feedback, I first thought it might be a medical bus given the color and name on the side.
    I can’t wait to shop there and see what they have!!!!

    Comment by coffee — 10:58 am July 9, 2012 #

  3. So funny, I just passed this about 15 minutes ago and wondered what the story was behind it! Sounds like a cool venture. Good luck to Mary!

    Comment by add — 11:45 am July 9, 2012 #

  4. What an unusual and cool idea! I love it! Can’t wait to shop on the bus!!

    Comment by Lea — 1:07 pm July 9, 2012 #

  5. Cool – hopefully she reaches out to new local craftspeople!


    Comment by Suzy — 1:21 pm July 9, 2012 #

  6. What a fabulous idea! Good luck!!!!!

    Comment by Jayma — 1:52 pm July 9, 2012 #

  7. Whatever happened to the “mini-market” in a shipping container that was being floated early this year or last year?

    Did that fold? It’s nice to see original ideas like these but all too often they are still-born.

    I wish the bus a lot of success.

    Comment by Jim P. — 4:47 pm July 9, 2012 #

  8. Jim – That’s Stockbox Grocers. They were doing a test over here, and it ended after a few months. They are opening a new permanent store in South Park in the middle of August. – TR

    Comment by WSB — 5:18 pm July 9, 2012 #

  9. They had one of these in Nizas, a little village in France we stayed at once–it was awesome

    They also had a gal who came once s month and gave haircuts

    Comment by karen — 6:07 pm July 9, 2012 #

  10. I have passed by this every day for the last few weeks and wondered what it was. I look forward to its opening and checking it out!

    Comment by Joy — 4:52 pm July 29, 2012 #

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