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VIDEO: Crowd Descends on Enumclaw Business for Brandi Carlile Performance

The musician and bandmates Phil and Tim Hanseroth were in town to help celebrate the grand opening of Mountain Aire Mercantile in downtown Enumclaw.

Mountain Aire Mercantile had its earlier in July as owners Kyle Diercks and Kari Cassidy-Diercks worked through the many details involved in running a business including store inventory, menu offerings and getting proper licenses for specialty beers and wines.

Two months later, they were ready for their grand opening and shared the event with everyone in town Monday with day-long festivities including live music, barbeque, fun and activities for the whole family.

The celebration was capped with a live performance by singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile, originally from nearby Ravensdale, along with band members Phil and Tim Hanseroth that packed the store as well as both doorways to 'the Merc.'

Mom Teresa told us Brandi was once a regular performer at just down the street; the now-famous singer returned to familiar territory Monday to help support another local business.

Ed Note: We found a neat little video on YouTube of mom and daughter singing 'Stand By Your Man.' It's linked to this story as well.

Ed Note 2: So many great clips of Carlile's music couldn't all make it onto the site. To check out the band's rendition of Johnny Cash's 'Folsom Prison Blues,' visit our Enumclaw Patch Facebook page. While you're there, 'like' us if you haven't already.

Kari September 05, 2012 at 05:25 AM
Thank you, Patch, for your coverage. And from all of us at the Mercantile, a huge thank you to the community for all your support!
April Chan September 05, 2012 at 07:11 AM
Thank you Kari and family and staff for a great new place to shop and hang out in Enumclaw! And thanks Doreen Anderson for all the photos from Monday's festivities!
Judith Prenovost September 06, 2012 at 12:06 AM
Thank you to Kari and the Mountain Aire Mercantile staff for having your grand opening on Labor Day. The community came together to celebrate and invest in your buffet of delicious food and drinks. We will all be back. I saw Brandi perform at Seeder’s many years ago. She is the same Brandi. Gracious, grounded and a genius as a singer- musician. Jude Kent Prenovost

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