While the mercantile known as Salvage Sisters is not new to Old Town Mankato, its ownership certainly is.
Sara Stilson and Mary Hirn took over the store in May of 2019.
“Mary and I were both going through life changes,” explains Stilson. “ I had recently moved back to Mankato after living in Colorado for 17 years and Mary was about to retire from nursing after 39 years. We had met for coffee to catch up as we were neighbors years ago and realized we shared a love of this community and a need to be creative. A week later, I saw that a local business was for sale and, when I realized it was Salvage Sisters, I immediately called Mary and threw out the crazy idea that we go into business together. Within less then a month, we were the proud new owners of Salvage Sisters.”
What appeals most to the ladies, and they believe to their customers, is the variety they offer while staying true to their Minnesota roots.
“We are kind of a jack of all trades. We pride ourselves on featuring local artists who bring a variety of products making the store a perfect place to grab a gift or pick up something unique. Products ranging from handmade candles, to beautiful paintings, homemade soaps, handstitched dishtowels and more. You will also find a strong sense of Minnesota pride here with hats, towels, blankets and more featuring our amazing state. And all of this in beautiful Old Town Mankato,” says Stilson.
The two women weren’t sure what to expect as new business owners, but they say there were some pleasant surprises.
“The sense of community, whether we are talking about the community as a whole or the other small business owners here in Old Town, we are truly blessed. Salvage Sisters will continue to thrive because of the support from all of them.”
615 N Riverfront Drive
Mankato, MN 56001
Phone: (507) 345-8575
Facebook: Salvage Sisters