Giving Back

community first


The Mercantile firmly believes in supporting the community we call home. Rock Hill, SC is an incredible town filled with amazing people. Our community is known for supporting its local businesses, to that end, The Mercantile will always do whatever it can to support our local community. The Mercantile proudly supports and contributes to the following initiatives and community programs:


The Mercantile proudly hosts, sponsors & founded Rock Hill Pride Festival in Rock Hill, SC. As Rock Hill’s first-ever Pride Festival, it was & still is entirely funded by our community members and small businesses. If you’re interested in being a part of Rock Hill Pride Festival, donating, sponsoring or hosting an event, click to learn more.


The Mercantile has partnered with Victory Gardens International to bring delicious, locally-grown fresh produce to the Rock Hill area while spearheading community redevelopment. We are proud to host a stand of fresh, local produce sourced by Victory Gardens in our Café. Click to learn more.


The Mercantile is proud to help fundraise & support United Way of York County, SC. We are passionate about fighting poverty, feeding our community & finding solutions for our house-insecure community members. Click to donate or learn more.


The Mercantile proudly helped collect donations & run fundraisers to pay for the development of Miracle Park. Miracle Park is a project designed for people of ALL ages and abilities to play and work! Located in Rock Hill, SC this park will be the first of its kind in the US. It will also be the first park in the world to hold a Universal Design certification.


The Friendship Nine, or Rock Hill Nine, is a group of Black men who went to jail after staging a sit-in at a segregated McCrory’s lunch counter in Rock Hill, SC in 1961. The Mercantile created a mural, in block letters, that reads “No Room For Racism,” a city motto that dates back to the tenure of Mayor Doug Echols. The first letters are filled in with the colors in the city’s logo, and the last nine letters are the faces of the Friendship Nine hand-drawn in black and white. Click to learn more.


An initiative created by The Mercantile  to increase the diversity of retail stores in Downtown Rock Hill. Using our platform to market & give entrepreneurs a free space to set up their own small scale shop. At the end of their 6 months, we will assist them in finding a location and awarding a startup grant. A portion of our proceeds benefits our MercEmpower program.


The Mercantile is a proud partner with the Early Learning Partnership Program. ELP mobilizes people, leverages resources, and empowers social, emotional and early literacy programs that help prepare children, birth to age 5, for school success. The Mercantile sells ELP books and raises money for the ELP.


The Rock Hill School District Foundation promotes a collaborative alliance between the community and the Rock Hill School District Three to provide funding and other resources to support educational initiatives.


The Mercantile has proudly hosted OneBlood events at our store. Stay updated on our events page for opportunities to donate blood at The Mercantile.


The Mercantile regularly hosts Makers Markets for local artists to pop up. We love supporting local makers and artists, our Makers Markets give us the perfect opportunity to do that.


The Mercantile proudly hosts Rock Hill’s first Community Fridge. The Rock Hill Community Fridge is a fridge full of free food for our community. With the goal of eradicating food waste and insecurity, the fridge aims at using food that would be otherwise thrown away.


The Mercantile proudly supports the Heart 2 Heart Foundation and its mission to inspire and enable women and their loved ones to take action that prevents heart attack, stroke, and premature death. The Mercantile has hosted multiple events with the Heart 2 Heart Foundation in Rock Hill, SC.