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“Favorite coffee shop in Helena”
Review of General Mercantile

General Mercantile
Ranked #1 of 6 Coffee & Tea in Helena
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Seattle, Washington
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143 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Favorite coffee shop in Helena”
Reviewed August 25, 2013

Fabulous service, fun and funky little nooks to sit and conversate (with wi-fi).

This renovated place retains the look of a real old-fashioned General Merc.... fabulous! Has candy from my childhood (that I can't for the life of me figure out how they got a hold of and brings back such great memories - candy cigarettes, wax lips, etc.).

Kitschy Montana souvenirs, posters, cards, (redneck wine glasses, anyone?).

Love this place!

  • Visited August 2013
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Missoula, MT
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Great Drinks and non-snobby baristas!”
Reviewed August 25, 2013

Loved this fun place. Went in to look at the fun stuff they sell and fell in love with the great drinks. If you can have your coffee, tea, Italian soda, or whatever made by the lovely young lady with the cool cheetah tattoo, do! Wish I could remember her name, but that gal knows her business. Excellently prepared every time. And she is nice too, not a snobby barista. (:

Visited August 2013
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Goodyear, AZ
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Great Store to Get Lost In”
Reviewed August 16, 2013

The General Mercantile is an excellent place to wander through and reminisce about the "good 'ole days." The fragrant coffee invades your senses and you immediately want to sit at one of the tables for a few minutes or hours; play checkers, use your laptop, read a book and just chat with friends, this is the place to stop.

There is A LOT to see so leave yourself extra browsing time. You will find candy and toys from when you were a kid. It's really cool.

The only thing that would make the "Merc" better ... serve hand dipped Ice cream.

Visited August 2013
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Spokane, Washington
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68 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Good coffee amidst a lot of fun, kitschy Montana stuff and other 'off the wall' items.”
Reviewed July 18, 2013 via mobile

I had a latte and my sister had an iced Amercano. My latte was good, but not super-great. My sister said her Americano was excellent. The service was super, and the atmosphere was great - lots of nooks to sit and drink coffee, and they have wifi (which I didn't try). The walls and shelves are covered with fun souvenirs and other kitschy toys and items. It's fun just to wander around and see all if the stuff!

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank KrisRudin
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Pawtucket, Rhode Island
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687 reviews
391 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 317 helpful votes
“Okay coffee shop with some cute items.”
Reviewed June 10, 2013

This was an okay coffee shop with some cute items. Unfortunately though, there was nothing unique that we hadn't seen already on our Montana road trip. Okay to skip this.

  • Visited May 2013
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