Owners Beth and Ed Wood fêted customers with a week-long celebration of the store’s 30th anniversary in June, 2015.
Thirty years in business hasn’t dampened Beth’s enthusiasm for her job. When each new shipment arrives, she’s eager to open the boxes and dive into the latest kitchen gadgets or ladies clothing.
“It’s like Christmas every day!” she says.
The storefront is one of Bandon’s iconic structures. Built in 1910, the shop survived the 1914 and 1936 fires that destroyed many Old Town buildings. It was first constructed as a grocery store and has been home to plumbing and antiques businesses. The Woods opened their modern day mercantile as the Country Merchant in 1985.
In the 1980s, the Woods enclosed the porch and added the clothing section on the building’s north side. But many features that lend charm to the space haven’t changed, including the original south side window framing, and the locally milled fir plank floors.
The Go Native! mural, visible from southbound Highway 101, was unveiled in September 2014. Go Native! is a work study project by Bandon High School to provide students with hands-on training in ecology and landscaping.