WHEATLAND – Between Wells Fargo Bank and the Community Thrift Store, there’s another new venture in downtown Wheatland. Quintessentials Mercantile is open for business, thanks to family and friends who helped remodel the building.
Brother (not the monastic type) Quincy Powers and sister (not of the nunnery vocation) Sally (Powers) Nichols are the proprietors of this eclectic store. “I’ve always had a dream of having a sewing venture and dealing with flowers. Quincy likes making furniture so when he returned to the ranch from Montana, we decided to do something we liked,” said Nichols.
After purchasing the building, the two have come up with a plethora of interesting items like plants, household decor and unique clothing and accessories. The unusual dressing rooms, a contribution from a good friend, are parts of old grain bins adding to the interesting appearance of the interior. Local artisans will have consignment items for sale also. In time there will be a lemonade and iced tea bar and flowers by the stem.
Sally’s contribution (who learned sewing in 4-H from Kim DesEnfants at JayEm) will be sewing new items as well as doing alterations.
Nichols will continue to teach botany, zoology and freshman science, be assistant cross country coach all at the high school, be head middle school track coach, and help 3rd grade teacher husband Tony (who coaches high school golf) wrangle their three children; she’ll be very busy. When she’s not at the store, Quincy will be the shopkeeper.
Stop by Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Sunday 12 noon - 4 p.m. to see what these two have done when they “…just like to create things and have fun,” said Nichols.