Meet Our Staff
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.
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 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 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.
Dru Duncan is new to our Writing Staff, having joined us with the premiere of the Spring Issue of the new Country Rustic Magazine. Dru will be writing a new series for us, entitled “The Country Store”, as she shares with us a bit of the history from the Duncan Farmstead with a nostalgic look back to the days of Delta cotton plantations and ways of life.
Mandy Marland is an extremely talented Graphic Artist and Designer with a special flare for primitives, antiques and many other creative styles. Mandy writes occasional Articles, as well as helps with the graphic design of some of the Mercantile Gatherings printable product line.
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, 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.
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.