About Us

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 decided to leave the corporate world, and we established a consulting business known as High Meadow Strategies. 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! Through this endeavor, our mission is to help businesses incubate and grow, offering pop-up retail and co-work space that's specially tailored for entrepreneurs.

To help get the ball rolling in the little business incubator, we opened Old Lex Mercantile, where we offer a fantastic selection of gourmet foods. 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 products 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!