Greenhouse Mercantile

Greenhouse Mercantile is a collection of curated goods…a lifestyle store filled with all the things we love. We believe in products that last a lifetime. We support the makers. Greenhouse Mercantile is pro-America. It's pro-local artists. It's pro-Fair Trade. It's products that make a difference and give back…Products that you can buy and be proud of. It is a sanctuary for people that seek out the un-ordinary. It is a reminder to people that past objects should never be forgotten. It is proof that prayer and faith work. It is a feeling…

Open Wednesday-Thursday 11-4 and Friday-Saturday 10-4

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Meet the Business Owner

Kenya Brantley is owner of Greenhouse Mercantile, a curated lifestyle shop located in the heart of historic downtown Newnan. She is originally from Vienna, Georgia, where both of her parents were educators for a combined total of almost 70 years. After graduating high school, Kenya attended Georgia Southern University. While receiving her bachelor of arts degree in early childhood education, she also met her husband, Robert, of almost 22 years. They have three beautiful children together: Issachar, Alyssia, and Leona.

Kenya started Greenhouse Mercantile in 2016, wanting it to be proof to her daughter that Black women can achieve anything, accomplish anything, grow anything, and do anything that they set their minds to do. Truly unstoppable. And after learning that her grandmother ran her own successful business, Kenya believed that she could absolutely do it, too.

Kenya Brantley is a Main Street Newnan merchant, a member of 100 Women Who Care Coweta County, Co-Treasurer of Conditioned Hearts, Member of West Central Georgia National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, Inc. and Recipient of the 2021 Business Leadership Award, Committee Member of Newnan’s Christmas Commission, and a Member of the NAACP Coweta Chapter. Kenya also is a recipient of the Delta Sigma Theta, Inc. Troup Coweta Alumnae 2022 Citizen of the Year Award.

Kenya has received numerous grants, including the Caress Dreams to Reality Fund Grant, the Association for Enterprise Opportunity Grant, the Buy From a Black Woman Grant, and the Fearless Foundation Grant.

Since owning her retail shop, Kenya has been featured in a variety of magazines and newspapers, including the Atlanta Journal Constitution and the Atlanta Tribune. Her hobbies include listening to financial podcasts and tending to her new found love, houseplants. Kenya also enjoys doing yoga and running a few times a week.

Kenya‘s philosophy on life is to find joy in the journey. There is so much that we learn in the processes that we go through. Helping Black women to succeed and assisting them in becoming their best self is the reason behind everything that she does."

History of the Building

Located at 6 East Washington Street, Greenhouse Mercantile is a curated, lifestyle boutique. The current business owner, Kenya Brantley, emphasizes the importance of clean and ethical products at Greenhouse Mercantile. Built as an extension to the Virginia House in 1885, 6 E Washington Street became part of the Virginia House as the hotel portion of the house, equipped with sleeping rooms. The Virginia House, originally known as the Coweta House, serves today as offices in the historic district. The present-day structure of the main part of the Virginia House was constructed in 1868. After being purchased by the Yancy sisters, the house was expanded from 12 to 50 rooms in 1884 (which is now called 6 E Washington Street). In 1911, the sleeping rooms were transformed into an electric store, which offered stoves, lights, and other electric appliances, During the 30s and 40s, the Virginia House hosted the first Newnan Civitan Club meeting and the first Pilot Club of Newnan meeting. The dining room was also used to host Catholic mass on Sundays. In 1949, 6 East Washington Street became home to the Virginia House Beauty Shop, a clothing store, and a cafe. In 1961, the building became the Virginia House Shop for Ladies and Children’s Apparel. During the 1990s, the building housed a salon, which then turned into a painting studio till 2016, which is when the building welcomed Greenhouse Mercantile.

Historical information and photos courtesy of Newnan-Coweta History Cente

Historical Photo of 6 East Washington Street

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