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Slant Avenue Mercantile offers many unique items

Fri, Nov 22nd, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Features

Patrick Danz, the owner of Slant Avenue in Lanesboro, Minn. Photo by Barb Jeffers.

There is a place in Fillmore County that can put a different slant in your attitude. A place where you can get lost in all of the diverse and unique offerings available to patrons of the store. The name of that business is Slant Avenue Mercantile in Lanesboro, Minn.

Owner Patrick Danz takes extra care to try and find items which are not found in other stores in town so residents and visitors to the area do not see duplicate items as they shop. The items located in Slant Avenue Mercantile are so varied it is hard to even begin describing them.

Let’s begin with the coffee. Slant Avenue coffee is a favorite of many locals with the “Slant Blend” and “Velvet Hammer” blends being among the most popular. The coffee can be purchased as whole bean or ground and Patrick always has a hot pot of coffee ready to share along with real cream, brown sugar, and almost anything else one could ask for in their coffee.

Then there is the tea with a favorite brand being Republic of Tea. Patrick sees many residents coming in as they are running low on tea which can be purchased in tea bags or loose leaf in many tasty flavors. Tea pots and presses are also on the shelves, so putting together a gift basket of a selection of teas with a Slant Avenue Mercantile coffee mug would be perfect for that person on your gift list that loves tea or for a friend who is feeling under the weather.

The greeting cards at Slant Avenue Mercantile will have customers finding themselves teary-eyed either after reading sentimental cards or comical cards for all occasions and in distinctive styles. Stationary is also a big seller and makes a special gift in this electronic world.

Think back to your childhood and you will most likely conger up images of playing with a jack-in-the-box, a spinning top, a magic drawing slate, silly putty, and pin the tail on the donkey; all of which can be found at Slant Avenue Mercantile. Other options for kids are puzzles, craft projects, robots, tin toy collectibles, and many other items kids may have never seen before.

Other items for kids include books, clothing, hats, and many special gift ideas. Gift ideas for adults are bountiful and a very unique gift is sure to be found at Slant Avenue Mercantile no matter what the personality is of the person receiving the gift as there are so many options to choose from.

Murchison-Hume cleaning products such as dishwashing liquid and countertop spray are available at Slant Avenue Mercantile along with other day-to-day items for the home including supplies and decorative items. Clothing such as hats, scarves, purses, bags, and comical socks are worth looking at twice.

Retro candy and various treats are another popular item with customers reminiscing while purchasing slo-pokes, chuckles, Necco wafers and zots. Other delicious sweets are also available such as chocolate covered peanut brittle, chunky bars, and candy coated sunflower seeds just to name a few.

The surface has barely been scratched as to all that Slant Avenue Mercantile has to offer. Many locally made items are for sale in the store including photographs, paintings, Christmas ornaments, knives, and much more. Books by local authors can also be found at Slant Avenue Mercantile. Patrick Danz is passionate about showcasing the talents of local residents and that fact can be seen throughout his place of business as well as talking with him personally.

With many small businesses in the area experiencing a dramatic slow-down in sales during the winter months, stopping by to see what these stores have to offer could be a great experience for local residents and may also be essential to these same small businesses.

The products in Slant Avenue Mercantile are so unexpected, unusual, and unique that each time a person walks in the door they will never know what will be found except for one very friendly owner and a great cup of coffee.

Slant Avenue is located at 105 Elmwood Street E. in Lanesboro and is open Wednesday through Sunday. The phone number is (507) 467-2580. For more information go to the Slant Avenue Mercantile website at www.slantavenue.com or email slantavenue@mac.com. To view additional photos of Slant Avenue Mercantile and its merchandise go to the Fillmore County Journal’s Facebook page at www.facebook/fillmorecountyjournal.

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