The Story

Polished Mercantile is a dream come true!  This is not just a retail store… 

I hope to make connections between people,  unique skills, and quality products.  I have met people near and far who do extraordinary things… and some of them don't even know it!  As a fellow artist - I know it's a constant struggle to find the right spot, and the right way to sell your work. I have been there, and I have done that! 

Polished Mercantile has always been in my head… I would say to myself… "in a perfect world, I would just open my own store".  Well... I have - and this is it!  A culmination of everything I love to do (and much more)!  I take great pride in any work I do myself, and I have an eye for quality and design that will make this a very special spot.  I have featured quality works and goods from individuals, small business, and larger companies near and afar.  I've taken great care in curating a wonderful selection of quality merchandise… including leatherwork, hand blown glass works, art, clothing, housewares, gifts. The shelves are adorned with some hard to find items - like handmade shoes, designer yoga wear, and quality women's workwear  - when you're a woman involved in trades - you know there's a need for this!  

I am SO THRILLED - that I can now be THAT SPOT for other artists.  It will be an ever changing, always evolving collection of unique and quality goods.  

I strive to become a bit of a hub - for something different, and something good!  It has been so exciting to  find and support local artists, and explore creative ways to achieve the impossible!  Any and all Inventory that is brought in is always HIGH QUALITY.  I learned so early on (Thanks Dad) - that it's better to buy ONE GOOD THING - than 10 crappy things.  There is a time and a place where QUALITY is so important… for the things you LOVE, and WILL LOVE for years, upon years!  Pride of workmanship  IS important - and we can use less things - if they are good things that are made well, and will last!  

This is my dream.  A place where all are welcome to come and have a visit, ask questions, look for something that's hard to find, make a connection to the right tradesperson… support local people doing great things, and find quality products of all sorts - UNDER ONE HAPPY HARDWORKING ROOF!  I might even make you a rockin' coffee!  

Polished Mercantile opens it's doors for business in the fall of 2021.  It operates with pride, integrity - and honesty.  It brings me great pleasure to join and become an active business woman in Vernon's Downtown Heritage District.  


Lacey-Jayne O'Neill

Owner/Operator - Polished Mercantile