Buchanan family aims to offer local, quality products with new store

Published 9:55 am Friday, December 1, 2023

BUCHANAN — A mother-daughter duo is bringing local, high-quality goods to the City of Buchanan.

Kim McNeely and Brittany Frantz opened McBain Lane Mercantile & Rescue, 101 Days Ave. Buchanan, last Saturday during Bucktown Christmas. The farm store, open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, houses products including produce, eggs, cheese and goods from more than 30 different local farms, vendors, artisans and more. McBain Lane is one of four small businesses housed inside 101 Days as part of Live Buchanan’s Hometown & Co. small business incubator.

The building was bought and renovated by the Rowland Property Group, who lease the space to LiveBuchanan. After being accepted into the business incubator, the businesses spend a year learning and growing together with the intention of finding long-term homes for their businesses in Buchanan at the end of the program. LiveBuchanan provides a shared market/retail space, business training, one-on-one coaching  and connection to vital resources to help support these businesses on their journey. Each vendor selected for the program is required to attend trainings, be present during open hours and pay a monthly program fee.

A member of a fourth-generation Buchanan family, McNeely said the mother-daughter duo’s venture started as a farm rescue before evolving into the farm store.  

“My daughter decided we should try a farm store and then this opportunity came up with the incubator program,” she said. “I completely supported her and we kind of got our ideas of what we wanted and we wanted an artesian market flare to it.”

McNeely said she and her daughter wanted to introduce produce and fresh baked goods to the community. 

“Fresh baked goods, fresh bread, clothes,” McNeely said. “We’ve partnered with 36 different people in the community; the farthest one out is Osceola, that’s the only one that’s that far out. Everybody else in here is all from the Buchanan and Berrien Springs areas.”

McNeely and Frantz are looking forward to growing their business and serving the community.

“I think this is fantastic for the community,” McNeely said. “They’ve been asking for something like this for a long time.”