Rhody Gem: C&R Mercantile

July 2021


What it is:

This neighborhood mercantile has been sourcing specialty food, fresh flowers, and gifts locally and from afar since 2016.


Where to find it: 

Along the red, white, and blue-striped High Street where it meets Church Street, watch for this 200-square-foot nook with a window display decked in flowers and fresh wares.


What makes it a Rhody Gem?

Most towns don’t have an old-timey mercantile anymore, but it’s only fitting that Bristol, the most patriotic town, would have C&R paying homage to that bygone era of early American history. But don’t be fooled by the vintage facade: This shop stocks the latest foodie products from the likes of businesses that come out of the Hope & Main incubator kitchen, like Beth Bakes and Farm Town Tonics, plus fresh goods from Farm Fresh RI and pantry staples from all over the country. Owner Denise Nehez curates a selection of charcuterie items like fresh meat and cheese, and flowers from Little State Flower Co. in Tiverton. If a neighborhood market’s worth is measured by testaments from the community, one patron shares, “Everything is top-notch healthy, and Denise’s floral arrangements are unique and beautiful,” while another insists it’s “the true essence of a nostalgic mercantile.”

C&R Mercantile  • 219 High Street, Bristol • 401-297-8199


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