Wine country is our happy place.
Mercantile 12 is a line of genuine goods for the wine country traveler.
Meet Our Team
Janet Tupper, President
A Kansas City native who moved to Seattle in 1996, Janet fell in love with wine country on her first trips to Napa and Sonoma twenty years ago. She fell even harder watching Washington become a wine country destination with some of the most beautiful wines anywhere. With over 25 years of entrepreneurial experience under her belt, Janet developed the brand of Mercantile 12 since 2010 and launched in 2013. She directs sales, business & product development, marketing, and design. The business is everything she is passionate about: the experience of wine country, the locavore trend in food and wine, sustainability, American manufacturing, amazing products, creative collaboration with designers and makers of product, a modern vintage aesthetic, connecting authentically. Her favorite varietals are a Dry Rose from Cinsault, Viognier, and Cabernet Franc. She loves tennis and entertaining at home.
Christopher Dunagan, Vice President, IT
A co-founder of Mercantile 12, Chris is our Operations and Finance person, unlocking the keys to all of our technology inner-workings. In addition, he works with our vendors and customers on the finance side. Chris is a big fan of good food and wine combined with large gatherings of people—so a fondness for wine country comes naturally. In his career in enterprise software, Chris watched a lot of small companies turn into much larger ones. So when Janet shared her vision for Mercantile 12, Chris asked, “Why not now?” and a business was born (in a basement). Now that Mercantile 12 is headquartered in Georgetown, you may find Chris re-plumbing our CRM system (but sometimes momentarily distracted by videos of Beagle puppies).
Mark Hamacheck, Board of Advisors
Mark is a General Manager and Business Development executive with over 10 years experience. He has a passion for building teams, developing relationships and creating lasting partnerships with the Fortune 1000, Investors, and businesses in Technology and Consumer Goods. Mark joins us on our Board of Advisors to help grow Mercantile 12!
Jaeger Stoltz, Merchandising Director
Jaeger is our merchandising mastermind who brings years of retail and branding savvy to the wine industry. During his nine years as a partner of upscale Seattle salon Blonde, Jaeger headed up designing and merchandising the space while developing a robust career as a sought-after stylist. This experience and creativity has led Jaeger through several diverse disciplines, from facilitating the design of a multi-million dollar private car museum to planning elaborate weddings and events. One of his most delightful success stories is from 2010, when he won the national Sutter Home Winery Build a Better Burger Contest with this recipe, and was featured on the Today Show!
David Ebers, Territory Manager
David is a Native Californian, born and raised in the Bay Area. He currently resides in the serene artist enclave and celebrity retreat of Ojai Valley, and covers sales in the Central Coast region. He has held management positions in Affiliate Relations with ESPN during the early pioneering years of the cable sports network, followed by stints with CapCities Publishing, ABC Radio Networks, and Seattle branding and promotions firm, Fiddlehead. David is an entrepreneur, product evangelist, and new business development maven, and at home, he is married and dedicated father of two teenage girls and a pair of crazy Vizslas. David’s favorite bottles to drink would be a good Central Coast Syrah, Pinot Gris, or a “Pink Moment” Rhone-style Rose’.
Dylan Rupert, Brand Manager
Dylan produces all things art, copy, and marketing for Mercantile 12. Dylan has been apart of Mercantile 12 since it’s start, when she developed the logo in tandem with Janet’s inspiration to name the business after Highway 12, the name of wine roads that run through both California and Washington wine countries. She enjoys collaborating with wine country brands to create inspiring and reflective customizations of our wine country gifts. On her other days, Dylan moonlights as a music and culture writer.
Sandy Harvey, Operations Manager
Susy Brownstein, Fulfillment Manager
Susy is our shipping, receiving, inventory, and comic relief specialist, and—fun fact—happens to be the only Mercantile 12 employee to have hitched a free round trip from the US to the Azores in the cockpit of an Iranian Air Force C-131 (she even got to fly the plane for awhile). Susy has taught college English at the University of Wisconsin, lived in Southern CA and in East Germany during the Cold War, and used to smuggle new car tires into East Germany. She also did stints in tour wardrobe for music groups like the Eagles, Chicago, the Beach Boys, Manhattan Transfer and the Blues Brothers, and has won two Tommy Awards for fabric design. She has been to Bora Bora 7 times. Susy has been a Mercantile 12 employee since the days of working out of Janet’s basement, and her favorite perk of the job probably has to be the wine tastings.