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Nestled in the heart of Downtown Helena the General Mercantile is more than just your average coffee shop. Built in 1971 owner Ray Domer says the unique coffeehouse has a lot of history hidden in its walls. “For one thing its an old beautiful building. The 1889 iron that hangs outside was found right here in Helena.” Said General Mercantile Owner, Ray Domer. Read more at KTVH....

For 35 years, children have been feeding the koi at the General Mercantile. And now some of those kids are bringing in children of their own to toss food to the fish. Known to locals fondly as “The Merc,” the coffee shop that houses the koi pond has been a staple in Helena since it opened 43 years ago. Read more in the Independent Record. ...

The General Merc experience is one of savoring, lingering over your visit. The atmosphere is casual and relaxed. Ray continually “tweaks here and there” with new products, keeping up with trends. Ray wears an easy smile, the sign of someone who loves this little bit of Americana he has created on Last Chance Gulch and continues to see joy in each day with those who walk through the Merc’s door. If you haven’t stopped by, add it to your places...