Manassas Welcomes Black Metal Mercantile
Historic Downtown Manassas has yet another new – but familiar – face in Black Metal Mercantile. Owned by Deron Blevins, who along with partner Pete Evick owns neighboring candle shop Shining Sol, Black Metal Mercantile is a vintage general store with a modern twist selling everything from food and drinks to toys, “dude gifts,” and home décor.
The store opened in April at the 1,300 square foot retail space at 9082 Center Street previously home to Knock on Wood. Blevins had long been interested in bringing the general store concept to Downtown Manassas and jumped on the rare opportunity to secure a retail location in the heart of the City.
“With Shining Sol having so much success across the street, I jumped on the opportunity to bring a concept that would match the lively atmosphere of Downtown,” says Deron Blevins, a Manassas native. “Black Metal Mercantile’s slogan of ‘Purveyors of the unique & distinct’ and inventory for literally anyone, is a great compliment to the City’s Historic Heart and Modern Beat.”
The store joins a host of other business developments in Downtown including fellow retailer Fillagreen opening down the street, Zengo’s and the Gadfly Gastro Pub under construction, the City’s planning for the neighboring Olde Towne Inn site, and the renovation of the Manassas Museum.