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). 

  • Radiator heat in downstairs room

  • Maytag High Efficiency washer

  • Basement storm shelter/storage

  • 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
The Former 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 Center for Sustainable and Cooperative Culture) 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 

Before closing due to covid in 2020, the Milkweed Mercantile's Café, Bed & Breakfast, Café, and Bar was run by a worker cooperative. That business has been dissolved.

The CSCC has an 18 month lease on the building that runs through December 2023.


Alline and Kurt (aka "The Milkweeds") own the building in partnership with two others an entity called the Mercantile Building LLC. Kurt & Alline own 78.33%, additional investors own 21.67%

The rooms have the possibility of being utilized in a number of ways. As owners we are very motivated to sell, and will happily brainstorm options with you. Please contact us at or call us at 660-883-5634 (it's a land line).



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

Terms are Negotiable