Mercantile Restaurant and Sweet Simplicity Bakery

Renee Holt came from a family of good cooks, and shared a dream along with her mother of opening a cafe some day. It was a long time coming, but Renee has made that dream a reality. The Mercantile Cafe and Sweet Simplicity Bakery is a popular spot on the town square in Manchester, TN. With lunch offerings that change daily, and baked good enough to satisfy any one’s sweet tooth, you’ll feel right at home. Join Nashville Public Television’s Tennessee Crossroads to find out more.


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Renee Holt came from a family of good cooks, and shared a dream along with her mother of opening a cafe some day. It was a long time coming, but Renee has made that dream a reality. The Mercantile Cafe and Sweet Simplicity Bakery is a popular spot on the town square in Manchester. With lunch offerings that change daily, and baked good enough to satisfy any one's sweet tooth, you'll feel right at home.

Susan Watson has been involved with Tennessee Crossroads, both behind and in front of the camera, since 1988. A Middle Tennessee native, Watson studied Spanish in high school and became interested in Mexican culture. She occasionally traveled to Mexico to teach English to middle-school children.

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