This weekend One Cute Cowboy made a sweet gesture and loaded me up to go to the Pioneer Woman’s Mercantile in Pawhuska,OK. I’ve been wanting to go since she opened but we’ve been so busy with cattle it’s never worked out to go. I’ve been following along her blog for years and continuously like her more and more as she goes out on her adventures from books, to a cooking show, to her own line of products. She’s funny, she’s smart, and she just makes you feel like you could be buds. She’s truly an inspiration to me!
It was an extremely rainy day across the Panhandle (praise the Lord!) and we ran our windshield wipers for at least 4 hours straight on a 6 hour drive. It was a nice dreary day. Personally my favorite kind of day for traveling. We got to Pawhuska just a little after 1:30. It was perfect timing, for my sister and her husband were pulling up at the exact same time. The sun was shining, though it was a little cool. There was a long-line waiting to eat at the restaurant, but what I was more interested in was getting inside the Merc, which there was no line for, though I’m told on some days it’s one in, one out.
It was everything I could have hoped for! They had the cutest trinkets, dishes, jewelry and really just about anything you could think of. My brother-in-law came up and said, “I heard Ree is upstairs at the bakery!” So we walked up the beautiful staircase, and there she was…with a huge line wrapping around the whole upstairs! My brother-in-law said he’d get in line while we grabbed something yummy from the bakery. Shortly after, he came over and said they’d already cut off the line because she was needing to take a break.
This is the best I could do of getting a picture with her. 🙂 It was pretty cool just getting to see her. The thing that most surprised me was she’s a lot taller than I thought she was, and her hair is the perfect shade of fiery red! It was fun getting to see her, even if it was from afar.
I got several cute little things. I finally got my hands on some of those floral enamel cups I mentioned in this post, a pair of beautiful beaded earrings, and a few other little knick-knacks. It was so fun looking through all the stuff in her shop. OH, and not to overshadow the things from her bakery were absolutely delicious! All-in-all it was a great day at the Mercantile. Though I never did get to meet her (missed the cut-off in the line again, it was truly sad) it was fun getting to see her from a distance and to just be there seeing all her ideas come to life. That would be a dream come true to me. Having my own little mercantile (though hers is by no means small) with a coffee/tea shop. It was inspiring and just a good ‘ol time.
Before we left we saw Chuck, Lad’s dad, standing outside chit-chatting with some of the people waiting in line for the restaurant. My sister and I wanted to go speak to him because back in the 50’s-60’s he knew my Papa Sam, my mom’s dad. So we walked up and introduced ourselves and told him we were Sam Bratcher’s granddaughters. A smiled came across his face and he said, “I knew Sam real well. He ran cattle from Alva to Enid. Heck of a hand. Yes, I knew Sam real well.” It was really neat. It’s not often I get to hear people talk about my Papa Sam, so that was really special. We chit-chatted a little longer and he thanked us for coming up and introducing ourselves. We got a quick photo and went on our way.
We moseyed around Pawhuska a bit, went to a place called The Bucking Flamingo where they told us they had a swinging bridge in town, so we decided to go check it out. It was maybe a little sketchy, but One Cute Cowboy and my brother-in-law were brave enough to venture across it and back.
After we saw what there was to see, we headed back towards Tulsa, to go eat and head to my sister’s house.
It was a really fun time, and I’m so glad we went and got to spend some time with my sister and brother-in-law. I can’t wait to go back sometime!
Have any of my followers been to The Mercantile yet? I’d love to hear about it!