This old-time mercantile is owned by Mary and Kim Thomas, who took over the business from Kim’s parents. It is actually over the Franklin County line in Swan Lake, which is in Bannock County, but it’s such a local institution we decided to include it anyway. The swan Lake post office is inside, as is a large selection of fabrics and tools for quilting. Kim Thomas is also a piano tuner and restorer, and usually has several pianos in the back room that he’s working on when the flow of customers allows. The owners say that Thomas Mercantile has had the same phone number since the 1950s!
- 11576 Cottonwood Rd, Swanlake, ID 83281
- 42.31329047468343, -112.00265407562256