The closing of the iconic Saba’s Western Wear in 2019 left a hole in Old Town Scottsdale. Luckily, the business that sprang up in its coveted location on Brown Avenue is just as homegrown. The Merchantile of Scottsdale is a boutique marketplace with more than 80 local vendors founded by husband and wife Eugene and Kimberly Pak. After they moved to Arizona from California, they applied their entrepreneurial experience to building The Merchantile. “I love supporting small businesses, hand-makers, artists and artisans, so I thought it was really cool to have a place where we could have that traffic of tourists and locals,” Kimberly Pak says. She views The Merchantile as an incubator for local talent, a brick-and-mortar space for them to build businesses without the overhead of their own spaces. Vendors include Crafting Goddesses, Buddha Blossom Jewelry and Redemption Market. Pak also hosts a podcast, Merch Talk, where she chats with small business owners.
The Stitchen Chicken
The Painted Ladies
Hand-sketched and -painted signs
Rosy’s Pet Boutique
Pet accessories and handmade pet bandanas
Arizona-themed apparel and accessories
“Ramble On” hat
Handmade art and signs
Scottsdale Candle Co.
Candles handcrafted from recycled bottles