As a historic site and a long-standing tradition in the community of Draper, the Draper Mercantile remains at the heart of the community. The Draper Mercantile offers a regular calendar of free events and services to the community including live music, artisan demonstrations, beginner’s yoga, free wireless internet access and educational events. Various community groups hold meetings or events at the Draper Mercantile including NCNRNRLTPF, and RTM.​​

The Draper Mercantile is a Community Center

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The Draper Mercantile is a Gathering Place

The Draper Mercantile has been a gathering place for over 150 years and that tradition continues today. The Draper Mercantile hosts holiday celebrations and various festivals throughout the year, inviting the community and visitors to the area to join us in celebrating the unique cultural heritage of Southwest Virginia. In addition to our regular programming, the Draper Mercantile is also a popular venue for gatherings such as wedding receptions, birthday parties, baby showers, and meetings. Clubs and community groups are welcome to use our facilities for their meetings.  For more information about renting this venue, contact our program director at:​

The Draper Mercantile is a Music Hall 

Sustaining heritage, heart and soul in Southwest Virginia.
The Draper Mercantile and Trading Company is dedicated to the enterprise of creating economic opportunity for the region while preserving and celebrating the unique cultural heritage of Southwest Virginia.

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The Draper Mercantile is a Dining Hall 

From sophisticated Southern to simple but exquisite, our Blue Door Cafe and Bakery features exceptional food in a relaxed and neighborly setting. The Blue Door Cafe and Bakery provides an elevated dining experience accentuated by fresh, quality, ingredients, superb service and an inspiring atmosphere. Our full menu features gourmet sandwiches, Panini, fresh salads and made from scratch desserts. Our dinner menu is fresh and creative every evening in accordance with seasonal produce. Wanting to serve our food at your event? We'll serve you and your party here at the Merc or cater at your home. 

Our food is freshly prepared with love and many of the ingredients on our menu come from local sources. 

The Draper Mercantile hosts a variety of music events from concerts and dances to intimate acoustic performances to our very own Blues Band.  Watch our calendar for regular free performances by local musicians and special ticketed events.

Want to see upcoming and past music events at the Merc? Interested in bringing your music to the Merc? Contact our program director at:

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