At Manready Mercantile, the recipe for success is no secret – it’s written in bold letters on the shop’s facade: work hard, live well. This fuss-free motto reflects a simpler time when people yearned for quality products, natural ingredients and a sense of community.
During our visit to the Houston fine goods shop, we were transported into a space rich in American heritage and blue-collar masculinity. Heart-warming Americana is the order of the day, as guests are greeted with arguably the most Instagrammed wall in the Lone Star State, followed by a complimentary Old Fashioned mixed on the in-shop bar cart.
Drink in hand, we lost ourselves in the expertly curated mix of vintage finds (hello, French countryside work-wear), handmade apothecary goods and unique pieces like Mexican biker rings from the ’50s (made from melted-down pesos and worn by outlaws). Owner Travis Weaver laid out his ethos for us: “The whole idea is, the things that are made well and made to last, you only have to buy once. My grandfather wouldn’t give someone a gift that he didn’t think would last forever.”
Weaver started Manready from his apartment in Texas, concocting all-natural soaps and bath products – all unisex, with enveloping scents like bergamot and teak. “I thought, ‘I'm going to prove to everybody that you can start something from nothing and create your own American dream.’" Now, sitting in his two-floor, 1920s brick-and-mortar space, Weaver’s focus is on the historic Houston Heights community that Manready calls home. “We have people that come here after work and hang out. We focus a lot on the community and try to give back; we want to set a good example and be a part of this historic area.”
When we parted ways, Weaver and his team were prepping for their two-year anniversary block party. We have a feeling that Manready Mercantile will be standing proud on 19th Street for years to come.