Yaas Mercantile moves into The Mill, brings together antique dealers

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Saturday, November 7th, 2020 at 12:28 PM
Yaas Mercantile moves into The Mill, brings together antique dealers by Allisynn Bengel
Photo: Kimberly Firestine

The recent restoration of the former Agway has brought new business to Edinboro.

With a new name and a new look, The Mill is set to be home to multiple small businesses. The first of those occupants is Yaas Mercantile, which aims to be a one-stop-shop for antiques, handmade items, and more.   

Located at the back of The Mill, the “Yaas” in Yaas Mercantile may bring to mind a popular bit of internet lingo, but it’s actually an acronym that stands for Your Artisan and Antique Specialists. The business is a co-op of four dealers: R & B Antiques, Farmhouse Supply, Twig, and Front Window Antiques.

As the owner of R & B Antiques, and the overall proprietor of Yaas Mercantile, Randy Bookhamer has been selling antiques since 1996. And it was Bookhamer’s son, Jamin Bookhamer, who actually started The Mill Project and who led the restoration of the building.   

The project began two years ago when Jamin Bookhamer and his wife, Ingrid, purchased the Agway. Their dream was to create commercial retail spaces to attract some new businesses to Edinboro, or to give current businesses a new home. 

“We only get to spend our summers in Edinboro right now, but we love it.  We think it has a lot to offer as a lake town with a little ski hill, great outdoor activities and just great people,” explained Jamin Bookhamer.  

The entire family worked hard to bring this dream to life. Unfortunately, Jamin Bookhamer’s mother and Randy’s wife, Becky Bookhamer, was unable to see the end result. She died earlier this year 

“The community support was amazing,” said Jamin Bookhamer. “My dad wanted to honor her with a Yaya garden that people could see as they drove in and out of town each day.” Her memorial plaque is placed in the garden in front of the store (see the photo gallery at the end of this article). 

Each vendor at Yaas Mercantile offers different unique and vintage merchandise. Twig, owned by Mickey and Joe Brooder, are known for their vintage style, industrial elements and jewelry. The Brooders have been selling antiques for nearly 20 years.   

Cindy and Jim Mason own Front Window Antiques. They specialize in the restoration of vintage quilts and linens, along with the reworking of wood and metal pieces. They have been selling antiques since 1998. 

Farmhouse Supply is run by Megan and Neal Brokman. It’s been in operation for over 10 years and features primitive cupboards and tables, along with numerous farmhouse staples.

The final vendor is R & B Antiques, run by Randy Bookhamer. Their restored primitive furniture, vintage toys, wooden boxes and carved pieces are one-of-a-kind.  

 Yaas Mercantile is hosting a Christmas Open House on Saturday, Nov. 7, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.   

“Our store will be fully stocked with antiques, art, architectural salvage, handmade items, Christmas decor, small gifts and much more! We hope you can join us,” said Megan Brokman.

In the future, the Bookhamer family is hopeful that the businesses in The Mill will work together to plan events on the property in the spring and summer. 

Other businesses joining The Mill include longtime Edinboro staple Lakeside Bagel and Deli, and new business 814 Outdoor Sports. Local artisans Willow Creek Barn Wood Furniture also supplied some “artistic touches” to The Mill. 

Allisynn Bengel is a staff writer at The Spectator. She can be reached at edinboro.spectator@gmail.com.

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