Mike Sanders became immersed in antiques and collectibles when he was married to his late wife, Karen, and they decided to purchase antique furniture for their home. Believe it or not, in the 1970’s antiques were IN and could be purchased for reasonable prices. But Mike had always loved old furniture, probably due to his grandparents and all the beautifully polished and primped furnishings they had. The best place to find furniture when he first married was at antique or thrift shops. As time went by his late wife took up shopping for older items as a weekend activity and soon Mike and Karen had somewhat of a warehouse of items.
When he originally began his store it was called Mission Street Antiques and Collectibles (now Luz’s Hair & Nail Beauty Shop). When Karen passed away in 2006, Mike eventually turned his attention to community mindedness and to maintaining his antiques & collectibles business.
In 2007 Mike discovered a person of like-mind in Miki Landseadel-Sanders, a teacher from the Sacramento area. Within 3 years they established The San Miguel Mercantile. Their forays into Ferndale, California, particularly of The Golden Gait Mercantile in Ferndale, provided them with an image of small town charm and the capacity of a shop in such neighborhoods to inspire local and traveling customers.
Today The San Miguel Mercantile continues to live up to Mike and Miki’s sense of community and possibilities.