By Allen Payton
Representatives of the Antioch Chamber of Commerce, Mayor Wade Harper, all four Antioch Council Members, downtown business owners and guests joined with owners Michael Gabrielson and Brandon Woods for the ribbon cutting and catered reception, to officially open G St. Mercantile in Antioch’s historic Rivertown on Friday evening, January 15th.
Before the ribbon was cut, guests were treated to delicious hors d’oeuvres catered by neighboring business Nature’s Bounty, some shopping and a few brief speeches.
“We need more activity down here,” said Harper. “The water is wonderful. Then we have Brandon and Michael bringing this wonderful, cute business to Antioch.”
“Downtown is going to be wonderful,” he continued. Then speaking of the City and City Council, he said “We’re all in. We know you’re going to be successful.”
We welcome G St Mercantile to Antioch,” said Jack Monroe, Membership Services with the Chamber. “Downtown is in revitalization. The downtown is our heart of the community.”
“With that, we welcome up to our heart,” he added.
A special proclamation from Assemblyman Frazier was read, then Gabrielson spoke.
“We wanted to thank everyone for being here this evening to celebrate,” he said. “We want to thank the City of Antioch for their support and the Antioch Chamber of Commerce.”
“A big reason we wanted to be downtown is because of the history,” Gabrielson continued. “Antioch is a hidden gem.”
He spoke of the support from fellow downtown businesses.
“It is a great business community,” he shared.
“We have over 20 vendors and they are a big part of our success,” Gabrielson added.
Then the ribbon was cut followed by a round of applause and shopping ensued.
‘The store offers furniture, antiques and vintage items, as well as gifts. It is located at 205 G Street in downtown Antioch and is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information like them on Facebook.