John eventually got into Civil War Reenacting and at the first event he went to walked into a sutler tent and right then and there he knew what his passion was. In the Spring of 1998, John sold his first wares as a Sutler at a Civil War re-enactment. He was hooked. For years, he would take an antique buckboard wagon from re-enactment to re-enactment selling items to the re-enactors. As two decades went by, John knew his ultimate goal was to open a retail store in downtown Gettysburg.
On Remembrance Day Weekend in November of 2016, John finally opened up his very own 1860s mercantile and sutler store which is located at 250 Baltimore Street in downtown Gettysburg.
In 2023, John expanded operations to include the Gettysburg Mercantile Museum located next door to his retail store at 252 Baltimore Street.