Coffee Pot Café at Creekside Mercantile

This antique shop and restaurant flourishes in the small town of Enterprise, Mississippi.  Although the town has a population of just over 500, owner Olinda “Linn” Carruth combines her love for food, art and antiques to bring this place to life.

Carruth originally started Creekside Mercantile in 2013 as an antique shop and a way to showcase her art, but as a native Louisianan, food plays a prominent role in her life.  Carruth said she brought in a pot of gumbo to serve to her customers one day, and they wanted more and more.  That is how Coffee Pot Café was born.

Coffee Pot Café at Creekside Mercantile, located at 120 West Bridge Street, originally got its name from the muddy Weir Creek that flows right through the back yard.  The mercantile sells nostalgic antiques and whimsical home decor while Carruth exhibits her art and the art of locals.  Coffee Pot Café serves breakfast and lunch from 6:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.  The menu includes beignets, jambalaya, po’boys and other Louisiana staples.  Carruth proves her belief in the power of food and art to bring people together with Coffee Pot Café at Creekside Mercantile.

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Sparse woods and a cast iron fence guard the entrance to the grassy, gravelly parking lot of the restaurant.  The two-story building houses the antique shop and art gallery while the smaller building to the right houses the kitchen and dining area.  Photo taken in Enterprise, Miss. on March 17, 2017.  Shot by Brittany Brown.
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Restaurant-goers enjoy lunch underneath a display of eccentric string lights and colorful, art-adorned walls.  Lamps and open windows contribute more lighting to the dining area.  Photo taken in Enterprise, Miss. on March 14, 2017.  Shot by Brittany Brown.
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The painted steps add even more personality to the antique shop.  In ascending order, the steps read, “the attic, more good stuff, visit the attic.”  This unique painting lures visitors upstairs where there are more antiques and artwork for sale.  Photo taken in Enterprise, Miss. on March 14, 2017.  Shot by Brittany Brown.
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The upstairs room houses a mixture of dangling lights and trinkets for visitors to enjoy.  Photo taken in Enterprise, Miss. on March 14, 2017.  Shot by Brittany Brown.
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Many of the unique items are on sale for visitors to purchase at their leisure.  The hanging lights reflect off the glass of the photo frames.  Photo taken in Enterprise, Miss. on March 14, 2017.  Shot by Brittany Brown.
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The crab cake plate sits ready to serve while po’boy plates are still receiving their serving of french fries.  According to the cooks, the crab cake plate is a customer favorite.  Photo taken in Enterprise, Miss. on March 14, 2017.  Shot by Brittany Brown.
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A local family spends time together while the children are out of school for spring break.  They enjoy a taste of Louisiana right at home in Mississippi.  Photo taken in Enterprise, Miss. on March 14, 2017.  Shot by Brittany Brown.

 

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