Cahawba Mercantile kept the antique feel of the building by keeping the old hardwood floors and adding wood shelves for products.

For Chris and Lynne Taylor, opening a little shop in a small town wasn’t just a business decision, it was fulfilling a dream. Tired of the big corporate world, Chris called his wife from work one day and said he wanted to quit and follow the dream. “She thought I was joking. Then I showed up at the house,” he laughed, “I was just tired of it, you know? And life is too short. It was time to just make it happen.”

(L-R) Judy Owings, Bill Calderwood, Valerie Cook, Lynne Taylor (holding grandchild), son-in-law Trey White, daughter Tiffany White, Chris Taylor, Jim Oakley, and Terry Morton.

Saturday, June 8th, they made it happen in downtown Centreville, fittingly next door to the old Cleveland’s Grocery building. Several people came out for the ribbon cutting for  Cahawba Mercantile’s grand opening day, including Mayor Terry Morton. “This is a real good thing for Centreville,” the mayor commented, “It helps our economy, and it gives the message to other businesses that this is a good place to be. And they’re really nice people, too.”

Alabama made non-alcoholic wines are among the many locally sourced products the store carries.

Besides formerly having regular jobs, the Taylors have been in the fireworks business for 18 years, owning locations in Prattville, Montevallo, and South Shades Crest. They hope to make this new venture successful by keeping it local. “We’re carrying as many local and Alabama products as possible,” Mr. Taylor said. They stock Amish peanut butter from Calera, Medders Family Farm peanut butter from Montevallo, non-alcoholic muscadine wine also from Shelby county, and several other close-to-home sourced items.

Store owner Chris Taylor chats with Jerry Pow on grand-opening day.

“We’re also going to have what we call ‘lunchables’ every day,” Chris continued, “with fresh made lunches delivered to the store here daily that people can buy as a grab and go sort of thing.” In addition you will find locally sourced fresh produce and hard to find (around Bibb County) items such as coconut milk, hand crafted cheese and butter, and much more.

Store hours are 7:30 – 6:00 Monday through Saturday. Stop in, have some free coffee, and see what they have to offer. You just may find more than you expect. They accept, credit and debit cards, Apple Pay, and even cash. You can also follow them on Facebook at


SOURCEThe Bibb Voice
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A father, creative professional, and an alumnus of Bibb County High School, Jeremy has found his way back to Centreville after many years away. He studied Finance and Economics at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, and almost a decade ago left the "normal" business world for audio and video production. A freelance writer, photographer, sound engineer, and film and video producer/director/editor, his work has appeared online for Southern Living, People, Health, Food & Wine, Sports Illustrated, Cooking Light, It's a Southern Thing, and This Is Alabama, as well as for independent musicians and filmmakers across Alabama.