Seeking a small, but vibrant community for our family, we moved to Lexington (from Northern Virginia) in 2005. After telecommuting for a few years, we finally decided to leave the corporate world, and we launched a strategic consulting business, High Meadow Strategies, LLC. Meanwhile, we also became actively involved with Main Street Lexington, a non-profit organization established in 2013 to preserve, sustain, enhance, and promote beautiful downtown Lexington.


As a result of our involvement with Main Street Lexington -- and our particular interest in economic development -- we purchased the building at 113 West Nelson Street. After extensive renovations, we launched a second business: Start Here! At Start Here! our mission is to help businesses incubate and grow, offering space that is specially tailored for pop-up retail and co-work.


To help get the ball rolling in our little business incubator, we launched a third business (yikes!): Old Lex Mercantile, LLC. At Old Lex Mercantile, we offer a fantastic selection of gourmet foods. From imported olive oil and balsamic vinegar, to pasta and sauce, to antipasti and sweets, to wine...we have everything you need to prepare a simple, delicious, and elegant meal. Through this business, we have great fun sharing our passion for food with others and bringing amazing new products to Lexington.


We always have olive oil, vinegar, and other items open for tasting. We welcome your suggestions, and if we don't have what you're looking for, we're happy to see if we can track it down.


Stop in to see us!


- Lai & Betsy Lee -


We are proud supporters of Main Street Lexington!