Whoa! December sure came quickly. It has been a busy three months as we have been expanding and dividing decades into a second location which is perfectly located right around the corner from our current shop. So close, in fact, that we share the same back wall!
October and November was filled with painting, wall construction, polishing floors, removing fixtures and creating display fixtures. I think you will be able to tell the difference between the one before and then the after shots. So thankful for my parents and willingness to share recycled barn wood and decor pieces.
We love our downtown community. Great people, businesses, customers and really everything that is a part of Downtown Vancouver USA. Couldn’t imagine living anywhere else. It is thrilling to be a part of the growth of and optimism for the downtown area.
With four years of retail under our vintage belts, we are excited to have the ability to divide the decades and celebrate styles, Classic 20’s-mid 60’s and Funky~Retro mod 60’s – mid 80’s within each store.
My passion is the classics. A time when people owned less but of quality construction and all adorning the label of national and individual ‘pride.’ My husband, Patrick, loves the funky, retro, rock-n-roll style. Patrick has had music flowing through his veins since his youth. His love of music grew into traveling in bands all over US and beyond. Performing transitioned into producing and engineering where he has had the opportunity to work with musicians from around the world. After operating historical Ripcord Studio, Vancouver WA, for 8 years, he decided to sell winter of ’14.
As our business was growing we began dreaming up expansion with the hopes that we could have everything under one roof; living, business and parking. Somehow we did it and we have the best commute ever… down 25 steps. We have just opened the doors to the new funky~retro shop called 9 Street Vintage located at 111 W. 9th street giving us a vibey and acoustically incredible venue for live music and special events. Next step, to build a project recording studio within the back portion. The new vintage shop has an industrial, garage feel and then when you walk into the back portion it opens up into tall ceilings, brick walls and fir floors. The sound that comes from this room can bring tears to the eyes and shivers to the spine with its beauty and sound. We are thrilled to have this opportunity to bring new stories to these incredible walls.
We are both busy with creative endeavors outside our walls and within our community. Patrick is the lead singer for ‘The Pearls’ which is an americana, folk style band. They write their music in a story telling way and have won the hearts of many around the US recently returning home from a nationwide tour. I am co-coordinator of Couve Couture Fashion Show featuring the best of SW Washington. I have also been a re-designer of vintage in three of the shows. My passion is breathing new life into vintage fashion through rescuing incredible clothing and capturing fashion decades through photography. I have had the wonderful opportunity of working with incredibly talented local photographers, hair stylists, make-up artists, models, classic car owners, hat makers and assistants.
We are ready to celebrate! This Friday, December 5th, is Art Walk First Friday. 9 Street Vintage will have live music; Aaron LaMere will be performing at 7:30pm and The Pearls at 8:30pm. Most Everything Vintage will be showcasing the photographic talents of Chelsea Gaya of XO Chels Photography from her ‘Vintage Fox Hunt’ themed shoot. Both shops will be open until 10pm for Art Walk.
This is just a part of our journey!