In 1939, at 1.1 million square feet of space, Sibley’s was the largest department store between New York and Chicago. Artfully restored to new use, the novel, bold theater-style marquee entrance serves as the grand entry to The Mercantile on Main, which thoughtfully blends art deco era details within a modern food hall communal space. The Mercantile offers a highly curated and visually appealing experience to showcase local restaurants while realizing a larger vision for the surrounding downtown’s ongoing revitalization.
Embodying a refined brand aesthetic – elegantly restrained and more intentional than most hyper-eclectic food halls – The Mercantile on Main’s dynamic four-sided bar anchors the space and serves as the social hub. Incorporating a layered palette that combines a myriad of colors and textures on every plane, the interiors successfully pay tribute to the past while simultaneously imparting a forward-looking approach. Contemporary materials create a vibrant, authentic, and welcoming vibe. The classic Rochester line, “Meet me under the clock” is given meaning again by re-suspending the historic copper clock in a place of prominence within the food court. A thoughtful selection of dining and lounge furniture extends the warm, inviting palette and provides visitors with a variety of ways to engage with the reimagined space.