Located in the historic downtown city of Templeton, the Templeton Mercantile holds a unique atmosphere with four different spaces to hold the western saloon event of your dreams. We had the pleasure of hosting a launch party to introduce the venue to the Central Coast event industry. We started the day with a gorgeous styled shoot creatively planned by San Luis Obispo wedding coordinator Zest It Up. The night was full of disco cowboys, vintage flare, delicious bites, decadent desserts, classic honkey tonk music, and unforgettable memories. I interviewed the event manager, Julie with The Lucky Ones Events, about the day.

Keep scrolling to see this fun event captured by San Luis Obispo and Fresno wedding photographer Ellie Koleen.

The Vision

"To show the full potential of our venue as a space to hold micro weddings, corporate events, birthdays, bachelor/bachelorette parties/ vow renewals/Anniversary parties/more. We wanted to show the world we have a space that can be as small-town-hearted as we are and as fun and daring as a Vegas Wedding chapel."

The Inspiration

"I was inspired by our love of friendship and a good time in great places. We were inspired by the uniqueness of Club Car Bar being built, the Mercantile walls full of history and mystery. We were inspired by the leather booths, our swanky and honky tonk bars-Dolly Parton, Kacey Musgraves, men of the eras in their sharp tailored suits, and the wild wild west. A little mystery, a little sexy, and a love for an elevated experience."

The Details

"I was the most excited about the endless possibilities for the Mercantile. I was excited to see people fill the spaces and see the amazingness that we see in the Mercantile building on a daily basis. I was excited to see the reactions and the love for the old building. I am excited that the old building has a new purpose and the central coast has a venue, a place to hear live music, a place to dance, a place to fall in love, and a place to feel loved. I was the most excited to share this gem with others that appreciate creativity and uniqueness."

Templeton Mercantile Rooms

"Bar 1- The Trailer on the Patio. Did you know - This trailer was featured in the movie "Once Upon A Time in Hollywood" with Brad Pitt and Leonardo Di Caprio?

Bar 2 - This building was built originally as the Templeton Mercantile in the late 1800s. This bar was the meat market in the '50s. Poe was the owner and local butcher. The Bar came to be as part of the Iron Horse Diner that fired up in the From the 1960s to the early 1980s, the building was turned into the Iron Horse restaurant. The Iron Horse owners built the infamous bar that all Templeton locals know all too well and was called Club Car Bar. The Elephants at the bar were in honor of President Ronald Reagan, who spent many hours hanging out at the bar. Iron Horse later changed ownership to AJ Spurs Steak House restaurant in the late 80's. Templeton Mercantile- Pig Iron was est. 2020.

Bar 3 - Welcome to Club Car Bar Est. 2023. The shape of the bar is in memory of the original late 1880s train Depot that helped to put Templeton on the map and build this little community. This bar was the first Templeton Post office in the late 1800's. It then became a Saddle shop before it was Miss Finleys Fine Finishing School for Women. In honor of Miss Finley you can purchase a cup of High Tea from Club Car Bar."

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Templeton Mercantile Venue Launch

Templeton Mercantile Venue Launch

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