The Mercado Story
Established in 1996, Mercado was the idea of Molesey childhood friends Michelle Morrell & Michelle Minhinick.
Deriving ideas, styles and taste from a diverse range of sources Mercado is an independent lifestyle store with expertly handpicked homewares, women’s fashion, jewellery, children’s toys and gifting.
After years of running my clothes shop Pig in East Molesey, I was itching to try something new. My best friend Michelle (Min) and I had been talking about how there was nowhere to buy interesting gifts and cards locally. This was the mid-90s remember…..there really wasn’t a lot of choice. Min and I had been travelling to Spain a lot and loved the name Mercado (markets) originating from the famous Spanish ‘supermercados’. That’s where the orange came from too. And so, Mercado was born!
We decided early on that Mercado would be organic and there were no rules to buying. It’s either what we like or what we think you might like! We try to be current but what really makes it special is its eclectic and diverse range of product. A bit different with an element of fun thrown in, always colourful and not taken too seriously. Basically, a fun place to shop with the emphasis on customer service.
Our Mercado Hampton Court store continues to be run by our amazing and longstanding team Dana, Alice, Sarah, Katie and Ana Paula. We are now thrilled to have launched www.mercadostore.uk! If you can’t get to us in person, or order on the phone you’re just a click away from choosing some of our brilliant range of products that can be delivered directly to your door.
Lastly and most importantly THANK YOU for continuing to support Mercado whether it’s in store or online!