Soon a quick trip to a French market may be as easy as visiting downtown Mount Dora’s Renaissance Building.
A new store, Black Swan Mercantile, is expected to open on Memorial Day weekend and will feature everything shoppers would expect to find in a charming Paris market, including French linens, lavender products, French-milled soaps and vintage items, plus Southern-inspired decor and related books. The small shop will also have a pantry section stocked with French gourmet foods and candies.
“I like to think of the shop as being themed by old Southern charm with a nod to flirty French inspiration,” said owner Lee Ann Ganung who wants customers to feel at home in her store. She chose the name because a black swan is a rare anomaly which she feels is much like her store.
Ganung will be working in the store along with some part-time help.
“I’m a people person, love sales, and am grateful that I have this opportunity to be surrounded by and to market beautiful things,” said Ganung of why she decided to open her own store. Previously she had a career in finance and most recently managed her husband’s land surveying business and operated a local vacation rental.
A Florida native, Ganung moved to Mount Dora five years ago with her husband, Clay, and two dachshunds, Wally and Emma.
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