Proctor’s Old House Mercantile moving across the street and changing its name

After 20 years in business in Tacoma’s Proctor District, the Old House Mercantile gift shop is closing.

And moving across the street.

And changing its name.

Owner Ann Evans reported Thursday that the home of Fiestaware, linens, candles, skin care products, cards and Polish pottery will close briefly while the stock and fixtures are moved.

“We hope to be in the new spot by early September,” she said.

The new store will be called Colors and is located at the site of the former Irish specialty shop Harp & Shamrock at 2717 N. Proctor St. The store will contain less space than the current Old House Mercantile but will continue to offer a full range of merchandise, Evans said.

The cafe Soul (try the waffle and fried chicken) will remain at the Old House location after the move, she said.

She also said she expects to find a new tenant for the retail space.

“We are in the process of hoping to rent it,” she said. “There is someone seriously looking at it.”

Evans said the reason for the move concerns visibility. “I just feel that I’ll be closer to the core of the retail. I felt sort of at the end of the line here,” she said.