Biz buzz: New vintage shop opens in Whitney Square

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February 13, 2012
By: Jeremy Zoss
Jeremy Zoss
NORTH LOOP — Every item on sale at Greenwich Vintage sports a “Made in the USA” tag.

If the owners of Greenwich Vintage only have time to tell you one fact about the store, that’s likely the first thing they will mention. But there’s a lot more to understand about the unique retail operation — a by-appointment-only men’s vintage store in Whitney Square, 210 2nd  St. N.

“We’e not a thrift store. We regenerate and recreate U.S. made goods for men,” said co-owner Tomas “Zen” Pomazi.

Unlike many used clothing stores, Pomazi and his partners “Moustache Mike” Ader and Maximillian Miller do not simply find old clothes to sell. They find quality, American-made goods and restore them to like-new quality. The store is packed with shirts from the 1950s that look like they’ve never been worn, crisply pressed Vietnam-era military outfits, a huge rack of pristine Pendleton shirts and many more.

Not every item is restored to its original condition, however. Pomazi, the cobbler, regenerates pairs of classic shoes with 2012 Vibram soles and plaid Pendleton swatches for pairs that are both classic and completely unique. Or, if you find a pair of old Red Wings or Allen Edmonds shoes that you’d like restored to their original condition he’ll do that too, complete with original Cat’s Paw heels from the 1950s.

“It’s about being aware of what we’re wearing,” said Pomazi. “It’s about quality. Some of these shirts have survived 30, 40 years, they’ll last 30 more. How long does that Chinese-made stuff really last?”

Greenwich Vintage makes some of its restored clothing available to retailers like martinpatrick3. To schedule an appointment to visit the showroom, go to greenwichvintage.us.


Retail changes in store for East Hennepin


Changes are afoot in the Hennepin Avenue East and University Avenue retail district. New stores have arrived with more on the way, and familiar retailers are going through changes. Plans for many of the changes were revealed at the Nicollet Island-East Bank Neighborhood Association Meeting (NIEBNA) in late January.

According to one agenda item, The Bibelot Shop branch at 300 Hennepin Ave. E. will reduce the size of its shop to make way for chain restaurant Noodles and Company, which will take over part of Bibelot’s space. Both Bibelot Shops and Noodles and Company declined to comment for this story, but the news was confirmed by real estate sources.

On the southwestern corner of Hennepin and University Avenues, another chain restaurant is preparing to leave. The Panera Bread location intends to close after 10 years of operation. A portion of its space is slated to become a new Jimmy John’s location. According to the NIEBNA board, a new bar/nightclub has been proposed for the remainder of the space.

In other area news, the former Denny Kemp Salon space at 322 Hennepin Ave. E has been reborn as a Sprint store, the first cell phone store in the retail district.


Introducing Behind the Scenes Boutique


NORTH LOOP — The former home of Corazon, 1026 Washington Ave. S., has found new life as Behind the Scenes Boutique, a women’s fashion store by retail veteran India Rambo and her business partner Laura Ducharme. The new store — scheduled to open Feb. 18 —  is focused on the needs of young professional women who live downtown.

“Behind the Scenes is a haven for the downtown gal,” Rambo said.

The 1,500-square-foot store will be set up like a giant closet with three distinct categories of clothing: fashionable office wear, clothes for going out, and comfortable yet fashionable clothes for lounging around the house. Some of the brands Behind the Scenes carries include Mono B, Under Blue Skies, Lush and Just USA Denim.

According the Rambo, the name of the store is very reflective of its mission. She wants customers to emerge from the store feeling fashionable and confident. “People take center stage after they’ve been behind the scenes,” Rambo said. “That’s where fashion is created.”


Jewelry shop Statement coming to North Loop


NORTH LOOP — Designer Stacey Johnson’s jewelry is available around town at locations like Bibelot and Bahu, but she hasn’t had her own shop since her previous store in southwest was destroyed in the 2010 fire that also claimed the original Heidi’s location and Patina. But that will change in April, when Johnson opens Statement, a new shop next to martinpatrick3 on 1st St. N.

In addition to her own jewelry, Statement will carry handbags, clothing, gifts and work from other designers.


Noted


After about two years in business, Amici Pizza and Bistro at 2851 Johnson St. NE has closed. Neighboring businesses said that several interested parties have already visited the space.

New brewery Indeed Brewing has announced it will open in the Northeast Arts District this summer. The company has hired award-winning brewer Josh Bischoff from Town Hall Brewery as their brewmaster.

Reach Jeremy Zoss at jzoss@mnpubs.com.