Meet Our Staff

DJ Williams

DJ Williams of DJdoodle LLC is the proud new owner of Mercantile Gatherings Magazine. DJ has over thirty years of business experience, the last twenty of which have been spent working closely with the Antiques, Primitive and Craft Community.  In addition to publishing Mercantile Gatherings, DJ has also published an online Crafts Magazine called Rusty Tin Roof for almost ten years.

DJ and her family live in a 300+ year old historic home in a tiny little Borough nestled in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. DJ has been an avid antique and primitive fanatic for close to forty years, and is thrilled beyond measure to have the privilege and opportunity to continue the Primitive Journey of Mercantile Gatherings Magazine.

Writing Staff

Michelle Gardner

Michelle Gardner is the owner of Fanatic’s Country Attic in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, and has been an antique dealer and primitive shop owner for over thirty years. Michelle formerly contributed Articles and vignette photography to Mercantile Gatherings, and we are excited to have her onboard with us once again.  Michelle will be writing featured Articles on antiques and primitives, providing historic background and interesting information with her special insight both as an antique fanatic herself, and an antique dealer of many years.

Michelle has recently relocated from California to live out her antiquing dream in Pennsylvania.  Michelle and her family are nestled into a charming historic farmhouse in Union County, Pennsylvania, which we’ve all grown to know and love as our “Gundy Farm” feature.

Susan Foster

Susan Foster is the owner of Winterberry Farm Primitives in Newark, Delaware, specializing in 18th and 19th century antiques and primitives in early paint, early toys, ephemera, and other country primitive antiques with over forty years of experience as an early antique dealer.  Susan will be writing featured Articles on early primitives for Mercantile Gatherings Magazine, and we are thrilled to have her onboard with us.

Louise Swihart

Louise Swihart of Pine Canyon Antiques, a retired teacher and avid antique collector and dealer of forty plus years, brings her experience and primitive passion for early woodenware, tinware, leather books, yellowware, pewter, stoneware and early textiles to Mercantile Gatherings.  In addition to writing Articles for us, Louise will be working with Antique and Primitive Show Coordinators across the country, assisting in our endeavor to present our readers with a collective source to find those antiques and perfect primitives as seen in some of our featured homes.

Mercy Ingraham

Mercy Ingraham is a force of nature in the kitchen as a hearth cook, using the fireplace in her beautiful 1800’s home in Hulmeville, Pennsylvania. In addition to her extensive knowledge and teaching of fireplace cooking techniques, Mercy has co-authored a local Recipe Book transcribing its original receipts from the 1700’s. We are thrilled to have Mercy onboard with us to write a series of Articles on historic recipes and cooking.

Mandy Marland

Mandy Marland is an extremely talented Graphic Artist and Designer with a special flare for primitives, antiques and many other creative styles.  Mandy will be writing occasional Articles as well as helping with graphic design of some of the Mercantile Gatherings printable product line, and most recently, Mandy is contributing our wonderful Printable Tags offered exclusively on our website from issue to issue.

Photography Staff

Kristie Worthington

Kristie Worthington, Photographer

Kristie Worthington has been a professional photographer close to twenty years. She’s just recently moved her Bella Grazia Photography company into a beautiful studio in downtown Doylestown, Pennsylvania.

Stephen Cale

Stephen Cale, Photographer

Stephen Cale has been involved in photography for more than fifty years. Stephen was part of a Photographic Reconnaissance while in the Air Force at Westover Air Force Base in Massachusetts, and shortly after his tour of duty, he returned to photography in earnest after moving to scenic Brown County in Nashville, Indiana.

Advertising & Sales

Gwen Rollins

We are so happy to have Gwen Rollins of Gwen’s Country Attic on staff in our Sales Department. Gwen passion for antiques came about when she was just a young girl of seventeen and continues today.  With that passion, Gwen brings a refreshingly bright and positive addition to Mercantile Gatherings, spreading her good will and cheer to small shops and businesses in our behalf, as she searches for those sharing our primitive passion to help our advertisers reach our loyal readers.

Administrative Staff

Sara Sparrowgrove

Sara Sparrowgrove is a Graphic Illustrator Assistant, working very closely with Editor-In-Chief, DJ Williams, on the graphic illustration and layout of Mercantile Gatherings Magazine. Sara has over ten years of graphic design experience and brings her wonderful talent and bright and shining personality to our new look and overall design since the summer of 2016.

Melissa Williams

Melissa Williams is the daughter of DJ & Paul Williams, and is the sunshine of our family at Mercantile Gatherings.  Melissa is our Social Media Manager, working with our loyal Facebook followers, and reaching out to expand our following on Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.

 

Joyce Ford

Joyce Ford is an administrative assistant at Mercantile Gatherings, taking phone calls and reaching out to our subscribers to answer questions about subscriptions and take orders from folks who may not have online access to our website. Joyce is a self-taught quilter, crafter and pattern designer and the owner of Little Craft Cottage for twenty plus years. Joyce has a wonderfully-bright personality and is a real people person ~ and we are very proud to have her as our people person at Mercantile Gatherings Magazine.

The Primitive Traveler Staff

Our TPT Staff

The Primitive Traveler Staff is dedicated to helping you get exposure for your Antique, Primitive and Country Shop in our Travel Guide publication as well as our parent publication, Mercantile Gatherings Magazine.  They are all well-versed in our Advertising products and Discounts for each publication, and will be happy to help you reserve a spot for your business!

Michelle Gardner – michelle@mercantilegatherings.com

Gwen Rollins – gwen@mercantilegatherings.com

Heather Coyne – heather@mercantilegatherings.com

Should you have any questions regarding Advertising in either publication, please feel free to email us.

advertise@mercantilegatherings.com