In a town with just 90 residents, every cause counts. Giving back to one organization without a doubt touches every local family in some way. That’s why Round Top Mercantile Company, a family-owned general store and STIHL outdoor power equipment dealer in Round Top, Texas, opens its doors — and its porch — to any group that asks.
“Any organization that wants to sell raffle tickets or baked goods on our porch is always welcome,” says second-generation store owner Jackie Sacks.
This time of the year, the Round Top team stays busy supporting one of the community’s largest annual fundraisers. The Round Top-Carmine Education Foundation, named for Round Top and its neighboring community of Carmine, hosts its “Small School, Big Hearts” Fundraiser in February to raise money for the local school district. Ultimately, the money raised supports art programs, music programs, technology upgrades and teacher grants.
During the event, Jackie and her husband, Michael, will step into the kitchen to put on a barbecue chicken dinner — “with all the trimmings,” as Jackie says. “It’s a lot of volunteer hours with that organization,” Jackie says of their commitment to the foundation.
Then again, this small business team could likely say that about any cause in the community.
“While we can’t always monetarily help, we put as much sweat equity as we can into the organizations that we support,” Jackie says.
Meeting the community’s needs comes second-nature when it runs in the family. Jackie and Michael took over the business from Michael’s parents, Betty and Ronny Sacks. The store originated in 1984 as a grocery, gasoline and hardware store for local residents, and it has grown to offer more product lines and more services ever since. Today, the store continues to offer a one-stop-shopping experience for the community.
“We are a small town,” Jackie says. “We rely on a lot of outside assistance locally, so we enjoy helping our community when and where we can.”
Small town or not, Round Top Mercantile shows how small business can make a big difference in the local community. For more information, visit www.roundtopmercantile.com.
This story is part of our ongoing ‘Local Memories, Lasting Impact’ series that highlights small, locally owned businesses and the differences they make in their communities.