Two new vintage stores open during Art-A-Whirl

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May 23, 2011 // UPDATED 2:08 pm - May 26, 2011
By: Jeremy Zoss
Jeremy Zoss

NORTHEAST – With the increased foot traffic in the area during Art-A-Whirl, the weekend of May 20-22 was a great time to open a business in the Arts District. Two new vintage stores opened in Northeast during the weekend, each with a different focus.

In the Arts District, Northeast Vintage opened its doors at 1627 Washington St. NE, and co-owner Martine Lizama is very pleased about the launch.

“The weekend was awesome,” says Lizama. “It definitely helped that we are right by the Casket Arts Building.”

Northeast Vintage specializes in used and vintage clothing from the 1980s and 1990s, but also features some unique offerings. Jewelry designer Lizama is also selling her Imelda line at the store, which has been available at Cliché in Uptown for the last three years. But the most distinctive portion of Northeast Vintage’s inventory has to be the selection of animal bones and skulls, which includes everything from small animals like squirrels up to massive cow skulls.

At Central and 33rd, Hill Valley Boutique opened on the same day in a new space that was once part of Lily’s Café. While the main area of the building has been taken over by the ALM Corner Café, the side rooms and patio have been taken over by the boutique, which owner Elizabeth Tanberg hopes will become a center for the community. She plans to use the patio space to hold swap meets, musical performances and other events.

Along with vintage clothing, Hill Valley Boutique offers new and consignment clothing and jewelry and collectibles such as a functional Mario Bros. arcade game.