Local business receives national award for promoting sustainability

The Milkweed Mercantile is located in Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage.

A Heartland business is being recognized for its innovative practices that help make travel more sustainable.

The Milkweed Mercantile was named one of the top "green" small businesses by Green America earlier in December.

The mercantile is located in Dancing Rabbit Eco-Village, just north of Rutledge, Mo., and promotes a sustainable lifestyle centered on community. The Mercantile consists of a cafe and eco-inn, made entirely of sustainable materials. It was selected as a finalist for the award by a panel of experts in green living, then people from around the nation voted and named it the top green small business for travel.

â??It makes me really excited that people cared enough about our business to vote for us, because it's a pain in the butt, you have to go in there, you have to put your email in an you know you're going to get emails from this organization, but they did it anyway and that was incredibly meaningful, incredibly touching that, I mean the money is really nice, but the money's almost beside the point, you know it just feels nice to have the community support,â?? said Alline Anderson. Anderson owns the mercantile with her husband Kurt Kessner.

The Eco-inn is closed for the winter, but the cafe is open year round. They hold a pizza night every Thursday, and a Sunday brunch which all are welcome to attend. For more information about the Milkweed Mercantile and ways you can live more sustainably, watch KTVO news at 10 Thursday night.