Addison Street Homemade and Vintage to Provide New (Thrifty) Thrift Options
Why did the chicken cross the road after getting a coffee from Lamplighter? To get some cool new threads at Addison Street Homemade and Vintage!
Okay, all lame jokes aside, do yourselves a favor and check out this sweet new store on South Addison Street.
Inside you’ll find an aesthetically pleasing space with super friendly staff . There are so many clothes, shoes, jewelry and home wares you’ll want, it is advised to have your caffeine fix before entering the store to strengthen your nervous system.
GayRVA sat down with co-owner Mat Shelton-Eide to get the lowdown on the new shop.
Shelton-Eide explained Addison Street Homemade and Vintage could almost be seen as a collective or community store. It is owned by him and six other friends, many who are well experienced in selling goods online. These co-owners include Kate Jennings of Nan Nin Vintage, Lauren O’Connor of The Wild Heart (who puts the ‘handmade’ in the store’s title) , Ashley Carruthers of McCue Vintage, Harrison Reed of Virginia Native menswear, Ani Darakjian, and Cody Oliver.
Put simply, these friends opened up the exact ‘one stop’ shop they would want to patron.
Says Shelton-Eide, “We opened a store of what we want. We might have been priced out of our favorite stores or don’t feel like driving around or going to the mall.”
The crew also plans to support other local artists, with a variety of jewelry and housewares already featured in the store. “We’ve been slowly acquiring stuff like Square Trade Goods Co. candles,” Says Shelton-Eide. “We’ve got all types of jewelers that we’ve been talking to. It’s just a matter of getting their stuff in the physical space. We have plans to work with tons of local stuff. It’ll rotate in and out.”
Addison Street Homemade and Vintage represent a new breed of small businesses popping up in SoCar/Saddpoint (that’s South of Cary street or South Addison. This area needs a name! Can anyone think of an awesome one?)
Addison Street is smack bang between two adjoined buildings. The grey building to the left houses artist Twiggy Levy’s Halcona Glass studio. Rumor has it, the studio will soon open for foot traffic – and Richmond’s collective mind will be blown.
The olive building to the right belongs to Addison Street’s close friend Drew Spruill. Spruill opened Yesterday’s Heroes Vintage on September 1st. (stay tuned for an interview with Spruill next week.)
While vintage stores are not exactly rare in Richmond, when asked what sets their store apart both Shelton-Eide and fellow co-owner Harrison Reed agreed it was the store’s “affordability”.
“You don’t have to drive all around to find affordable used or vintage stuff…” said Mat. “especially for this style of menswear” added Reed.
As an added bonus, the collective plan to team up with Drew Spruill and utilize the grassy lot by the side of the stores. Visions of picnics and parties spring to mind, a sentiment Shelton-Eide appears to share. “I’m just in it for the holiday parties basically”.
Do yourself a favor and feast your eyes on some quality goods at Addison Street Homewares and Vintage, 103 South Addison Street.
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