Tina Richard Forrester
Tina is a native of the Bristol, TN/VA area. Tina is an entrepreneur with a background in human resources, marketing, boutique fashion, and event planning.
Tina owned and operated Christina’s from 2016 to 2019, having earned the title of Best of Bristol Ladies Clothing Store in 2017 and second place for the same category in 2018. Tina renamed the boutique in 2019 to Forever Delaney Jane in loving memory of her late mother, Jerlene Delane Forrester.
Tina has a passion for empowering women to feel good about themselves; feeling fierce but feminine. Tina is a natural at fitting women of all sizes in fashion forward clothing that won’t break the bank. It seemed only natural when Tina along with her best friend, Amy, decided to open Mercantile at 620; a new shopping experience bringing handmade artisans into an old fashioned feel country store in the heart of downtown Bristol.
Amy has lived many places but is proud to now call Bristol her home. She moved to the Tri-Cities area eight years ago to be closer to the most important thing in her life: her two adult children. Here she met her husband, Tom Sheets, and her family grew even more full of love.
Amy worked for many years in sales at WCYB. She loved bringing people together but knew that her dreams were leading her elsewhere… to owning her own business. In early 2020 she took over ownership of House Dressing, an upscale consignment furniture boutique. She knew this was what she was meant to do, but decided to focus on taking care of her family.
When the opportunity arose for her to open Mercantile at 620, she knew God was pointing her down the right path. She is excited to bring her creativity and keen eye for design to the store, helping local artisans be seen and appreciated by the community. With her best friend Tina at her side, she’s helped bring something truly beautiful and unique to downtown Bristol.
Mercantile At 620 is located in downtown Bristol, inside the 620 State Street Building, previously the HP King Department Store. We host over thirty local artisans, ninety percent of which sell handmade items. We carefully selected our vendors to assure each is unique. You'll find a wide variety of treasures at Mercantile At 620: handcrafted items, sundries, clothing, repurposed furniture, and much more. We love seeing our customers' eyes light up when they see our beautiful store. It's our desire to create a nostalgic atmosphere of a former place and time. It's not just a store - it's an experience.
Mercantile At 620 opened November 17th, 2020.
Visit our sister store, Mercantile At 229, located in downtown Kingsport, TN.