The Milkweed Mercantile is For Sale!


The Basics
  • Two-story strawbale building

  • 2,700 square feet, interior

  • 8’ screened porch on 3 sides

  • Renewable Energy Power System

    • 1860 watts of Solar panels (plus panels currently owned by Cob)

    • Hooked up to BEDR (Dancing Rabbit's grid-tie electrical system)

  • Ramp for handicapped access (needs repair)

  • Phoenix Composting Toilet

  • Rain catchment system with 7,000 gallon cistern, water pump and filtration system (passes county health inspections)

  • Outside, wood fired water heater (purchased new in 2020). Also provides radiant heat in downstairs bedroom.

  • Maytag High Efficiency washer

  • Basement storm shelter/storage

  • Radiator heat in downstairs room

  • Wired for audio, wifi and telephone

  • Exterior perennial plantings

  • Rustic patio

  • 1 year consulting/training on building systems included

Interior Details

  • Four (bed)rooms:

    • 10' x 10 ½’ (downstairs)

    • 14 ½’1 x 15’ (upstairs)

    • 12’ x 18’  (upstairs)

    • 11’ x 18’  (upstairs)

  • Upstairs Lounge

  • Hardwood floors upstairs (reclaimed, and locally-harvested and milled honey locust)

  • Reclaimed antique doors, door frames, baseboards, heat grates (upstairs)

  • 2 closets with locking doors

  • 1 large tiled accessible shower, downstairs

  • 1 tub/shower, upstairs

  • One upstairs toilet room

  • One accessible toilet room, downstairs

  • Additional office space under stairway

  • Ceiling fan in each room, including lounge

  • Air conditioner for upstairs lounge

  • Downstairs room has access to porch and access ramp.


Commercial Kitchen
Not for sale:
The Business ~
Inn, Cafe and Store

Full commercial kitchen

  • 6-burner LP commercial range
  • Commercial triple sink
  • Custom John Boos cutting board /island
  • Handwashing sink
  • Meets all Health Department requirements
Not included in building price (currently being rented to the Mercantile Cooperative) but negotiable:
  • 1 upright fridge (purchased 2017)
  • 2 kegerators
  • 2 chest freezers
  • 1 small Hobart mixer
  • 1Estella SM30 30 qt. / 45 lb. Two-Speed Spiral Dough Mixer
  • Bunn Commercial Coffee Maker
  • Commercial grade pots and pans
  • Baking and pizza equipment
  • Heavyweight s/s flatware, service for 20
  • Plates, bowls, etc.
  • Serveware and food storage containers
  • Assorted table linens
  • Dining tables & chairs
  • Bedroom and Lounge furniture
  • All artwork 

The Milkweed Mercantile business is now owned by the Milkweed Mercantile Cooperative. Alline and Kurt own the building, and the coop pays monthly rent.

The Co-op takes care of running the Inn, the Cafe and the Store. The Co-op currently owns all store merchandise, and all cafe ingredients and alcohol.

This is a great opportunity to purchase a beautiful strawbale building with paying tenants already in it! Please contact Kurt or Alline with any questions.



Building is valued at $235,000. Kurt and Alline own shares valued at $165,000.


$25,000 down with 

  • $1,250 per month which goes to Kurt and Alline ($950) and two additional investors.

  • Payments continue ten years, when the balance of    Kurt and Alline's shares will be bequeathed to the    "new owners," and the building will be owned by additional two investors and the "new owners."


Kurt & Alline own 78.33%

Additional investors own 21.67%