Tivoli Mercantile was named for the upstate New York hamlet of Tivoli where Jill TerMolen-Cornillon’s first shop was located. Jill, a Michigan native, moved to New York to study visual presentation and exhibit design at FIT. She met her French husband, Arno, there. Together, with their three children, they lived in France and Northern California, eventually returning to the East Coast and making their home in upstate New York. Jill became a shopkeeper when her friend, Caroline Wallner of Tivoli Tile Works fame, invited her to share her shop. Jill filled the space with antiques and flea market finds. Caroline moved away and Jill took over the shop on her own, sourcing new product to add to the mix. A week before the birth of her fourth child, Jill closed the shop to focus on motherhood. Six years ago a series of family circumstances necessitated Jill to reopen Tivoli Mercantile, this time in the thriving village of Red Hook. Jill describes her shop as a ‘family store’ and caters to a wide cross section of customers. Amongst the products she offers there are women’s clothing, jewelry and apothecary items; Men’s backpacks and knives; a children’s corner filled with clothing, books, and toys; and beautiful items for the home. There is a corner of the shop dedicated to Hudson Paint. The chalkboard paint that Arno developed with a local manufacturer is available in 28 colors. The clothes Jill stocks reflect her personal style, items that can be worn year round, and layered with the sweaters she sells in the colder months. Jill is inspired by travel and has introduced home wares from India, Mexico and Peru into the mix. Vintage furniture is used for displaying product throughout Tivoli Mercantile, but most of Jill’s vast collection has been sold and she has little time to hunt for replenishments. There are still plenty of children’s chairs around the shop, a nod to a charming story Jill once read about a grandmother who put a chair in every room so that children knew they were always welcome. Jill’s children’s chair collection, which at one time numbered 50, is now in the single digits. As her family has grown she has evolved and so has Tivoli Mercantile. Jill would love to move her shop back to Tivoli, and is busy planning a new website.
5 E Market St., Red Hook NY