Old Library Mercantile / Coffee at the Carnegie – Sterling Journal-Advocate
The old Mercantile Library had an interesting history. Located at 210 S. Fourth Street, it was originally built as a Carnegie Library, funded by a $12,500 Carnegie Grant and built from 1916 to 1918. This magnificent old building was opened on April 12, 1918, in the result of the foresight, determination, and tireless efforts of the founders of the Sterling Reviewer organization. The library was designed by Denver architect William Cowe, a Scottish immigrant who died in 1930.
This beautiful old building served as Sterling’s public library for 58 years, until 1976. From 2001 to 2010 it served as the Old Library Inn, a bed and breakfast. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2001. The old library was a private residence until it was purchased in 2021 by Avery and Lori Schott.
Avery and Lori Schott are the owners of the Old Library Mercantile. Avery and Lori built and sold two companies in the energy sector, but retirement was not in the cards for the Schotts. They wanted to invest in something that mattered, after sadly losing their daughter, Annalee. Ave and Lori wanted something that gave them purpose, added to the betterment of the community, and reflected Annalee’s character. A place to gather, a place to get lost, a place to feel welcomed, a place to make you laugh and a place to be yourself. In the spring of 2021, Avery informed Lori that the “old library” was up for sale. It was love at first sight. So the pages turned, and the Old Library Mercantile & Carnegie Coffee was born.
Old Library Mercantile’s slogan “Timeless Treasures, Forever Friends” reflects who they are. Decor collections focus on items that will make the space you call home look, feel and smell great. Starting with the perfect home fragrance, Lori and her team worked to assemble a mix of unique seasonal and everyday accessories, Polish pottery, artwork, bath and body products. quality, home fragrances, specialty foods and accessories that will enhance the place you call home. . The addition of special events, such as music on the terrace, book signings, holiday events and sampling Saturdays have been important to customers. The director of the Mercantile Library has been on family leave for six weeks, but on September 1, opening hours will return to Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The vision for the old library included the addition of a café offering delicious coffee drinks, Lotus energy drinks, smoothies, muffins, cupcakes, cookies and other baked goods. Dazbog is the coffee of choice, and they are honored to offer this exceptional product to customers. The menu expanded to breakfast and lunch offerings, featuring “Black Hills Bagels” sandwiches. From September, the Coffee Shop will celebrate “Waffle Weekends” with Belgian waffles with pearl sugar. Belgian waffles have extra-deep pockets, ideal for filling them with butter, jam, maple syrup or whipped cream. Whether browsing the Mercantile with a drink or sitting on the beautiful patio, the former Mercantile Library provides a special experience for patrons. The cafe opens early for its customers. Hours of operation are 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Finally, people make the place. “Thank you to our beloved family of employees, customers, and Northeast Colorado for supporting the next chapter of the Old Library Mercantile.” Follow the Old Library’s social media to enjoy sales, special events, hours of operation, or see the latest food products and offers.
The Schotts believe that communities and small businesses do better when “we all do better”. “Thank you for the support and purchases from all the local businesses”.
Please stop by Old Library Mercantile/Coffee at Carnegie at 210 S. Fourth Street, call them at (970) 526-6003 and find them at https://www.facebook.com/OldLibraryMercantile and http:// www.oldlibrarymercantile.com.
Please join the Logan County Chamber of Commerce in congratulating Old Library Mercantile/Coffee at the Carnegie as this week’s Business of the Week and bonding our community!