The Lighting of Riverwoods

Come feel the holiday spirit this Friday, November 20 from 6-9pm. Enjoy free wagon rides, visits with Santa, live entertainment, ice sculptures, fireworks, beautiful in-store displays, s’mores, and lots of giveaways!

At Zion’s Mercantile, we have some special things going on that night too:

Annual Art Gallery

We’ve opened our Christmas gallery! See original art by Liz Lemon Swindle, James Christensen, Kirk Richards, and many others. Visit with many featured artists the night of the Lighting.

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Lighting Specs

Grab a pair of our holographic spectacles to turn the Lighting into a winter wonderland! They turn every point of light (including the fireworks) into magical Christmas shapes. $2.00 eachScreen Shot 2015-11-17 at 1.40.30 PM

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Trick or Treat!


We’ve got a treat for you this week! What with the weather getting cooler and the Thanksgiving season around the corner, we wanted to give our customers a sweet deal on fall decorations.

This week, take 25% off fall items!

Stop by the store and take a look!

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10 Ways to Make Family History Fun

Family History Month is nearly half over! In case you’re running out of ideas, here are some new ways to celebrate your family history and learn about your ancestors:

  • Learn about the country where your ancestors came from. Look at pictures of the landscape. Learn a few words in the language. Prepare a traditional meal from that country and share it with family and friends.
  • Read old letters from grandparents’ courting days, from parents to children, and so on. Write letters to send to relatives.
  • Visit a cemetery where your ancestors are buried. Call a relative or use websites like,, and to learn stories about this person’s life.
  • Create a family cookbook. You might have each member of your family submit their all-time favorite recipe, or collect specific recipes from meals you remember growing up.
  • Record a family member (parent or grandparent) explaining the significance of different items in their home. Where did that rocking chair in Grandma’s bedroom come from anyways? And who is it in that old photograph on Grandpa’s desk?
  • Make family history gifts to give to family for the holidays. You might photocopy a collection of letters between your grandma and grandpa, put together a photo calendar, or make a small book of a few of your family’s funniest and most meaningful stories.
  • Find pictures from your childhood, your parents’ childhood, or your grandparents’ childhood. If possible, go to the actual spots the photos were taken and compare the photos to the real place. Take a picture of yourself in the same spot as the original photo.
  • Make a playlist of all your grandparents’ or parents’ favorite songs. What was the first cassette tape (or vinyl record!) they ever purchased? What was their wedding song? What songs did they sing to their children at bedtime?
  • Collect samplings of details of a parent or grandparent’s life. Take snapshots of the books grandma keeps on the piano, of the cereals she always has in the cupboard for grandkids, and of the big armchair she reads in at night. Pick up a few leaves from the maple trees out back. Spray grandpa’s cologne on an index card. Put all the items in an envelope or box as details from their life.
  • Take family history to the internet and explore websites like,,, and to learn more about your ancestors.

We’d love to hear your ideas. What meaningful experiences have you had so far with family history?

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A Meaningful Halloween Tradition

October, October, the bewitching season! It’s a season full of fun family traditions. Some of our favorites include:

  • visiting corn mazes
  • eating homemade donuts and wassail
  • driving through the Provo canyon to enjoy the autumn leaves
  • picking pumpkins from a local pumpkin patch

But October is more than a month for costumes and candy, it’s also family history month!

So today we wanted to share with you a new product we just got into the store. It’s called Folks and Fables and is a family history kit made especially for October.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Two weeks before Halloween, gather the kids and fill out the family tree included in the tin.
  2. Each night leading up to Halloween, Boo the Cat (also included) finds a memento (a story, treat, or item) representative of an ancestor on your family tree. Boo takes the memento and hides himself in your home. If great-grandma adored double chocolate brownies, for instance, Boo might hide behind a plateful of brownies. If grandpa loved climbing trees as a boy, maybe Boo hides in a branch outside.
  3. Each morning, help your children search for Boo. Share stories and memories about what he discovered about your ancestors.

This is just one fun way to discover your ancestors during family history month. We’d love to hear what you and your family are doing to celebrate. Share your ideas below!

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The Genealogy of Christ

Genealogy Bible PageOctober is National Family History month. Here at Zion’s Mercantile, we are bringing genealogy to the forefront of our Provo gallery with special Bible pages of the genealogy of Christ.

The first King James Version of the Bible was printed in 1611. A few editions printed between 1611 and 1640 included special genealogy pages of Adam and Eve, Noah, the 12 Tribes of Israel, and Jesus Christ.

These supplemental pages were created by a cartographer named John Speed. Rather than simply list the generations of ancestors and descendants, he drew the genealogy as a sort of family tree, hand-carved woodcut engravings of the images, and then printed to paper. To print correctly, the original genealogy woodcuts had to be engraved backwards. All told, the genealogy is 34 pages long.

Can you imagine carving your own family tree into wood? How many pages do you think you would need?

Come by our art gallery in Provo to take a look at these pages in the original KJV and Geneva Bibles. You can also order replicas with custom framing to bring the Bible’s genealogy into your own home.

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SPECIAL EVENT: 100 Books, People and Events That Changed the World

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Calling all literature and history enthusiasts: This weekend, come to Zion’s Mercantile in Provo for an exhibit not to be missed!

Friday and Saturday, rare book collectors Reid Moon and Brent Ashworth will display books, photographs, documents, and artifacts from important events throughout history. The exhibit, called “100 Books, People and Events That Changed the World,” brings history to life.

Some noteworthy items you’ll see when you come:

  • an original leaf from the Gutenberg Bible [1455]
  • a first edition set of J. R. R. Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings,” inscribed by Tolkien himself
  • original plays from all four Shakespeare folios [1632]
  • an original letter of Edgar Allan Poe and a first printing of “The Raven”
  • a first edition of “Moby Dick” with a letter of Herman Melville to his publisher
  • an original signed poem of Emily Dickinson
  • a poem written by Henry David Thoreau and an inscribed presentation of “Walden”
  • a first edition Mein Kampf [1925] signed by Adolph Hitler
  • a ticket from the Hindenburg
  • the original manuscript for Dr. Seuss’s “The Cat in the Hat Comes Back”
  • a piece of the Berlin Wall
  • a first edition Darwin Origin of the Species
  • a Disney animation signed by Walt Disney
  • Martin Luther King’s last letter
  • an original copy of Thomas Paine’s Common Sense [1776]

Event Details:

  • Friday-Saturday, September 25-26, 2015
  • 11am-8pm
  • Zion’s Mercantile at the Shops at Riverwoods in Provo
  • Free and open to the public

We hope to see you there!

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Lemon Strudel, Yes Please!

Spring is truly in the air. We wanted to share this photo of some of the beautiful flowers outside our store. Oh how we love Spring!

We also love our new Spring specialty bread, Lemon Strudel. It is a moist, sweet lemon bread with crunchy strudel on top. You have to stop by and get some. It will be your new favorite love too. Enjoy your day and Spring.

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