Vintage shopping in the Northeast grows with new shops
|Outside of Northeast Vintage|
On a particularly hot day earlier this week, we set out for these new stores to see what they had to offer. Happily, the results were promising--each has a distinctive feel, from the merchandise to the atmosphere.
|Fried Bologna's Oscar Mayer-esque storefront|
The store's largest offering is its massive selection of vintage t-shirts. According to Sara Kazee, who co-owns the store with her husband Ricky, Fried Bologna initially came about when Ricky discovered the world of vintage t-shirt 10 years ago. He stumbled upon them while searching for clothing for their then two-year-old son. He discovered the joys of vintage menswear and, years later, Fried Bologna was born.
|T-shirts, retro housewares and more at Fried Bologna|
The store, which celebrates its first anniversary this weekend, will commemorate the occasion the following weekend, on July 23-24. During this time there will be a store-wide 25-percent-off sale and free fried bologna sandwiches. It should be a perfect occasion for new shoppers to check out the location.
Battling a case of heat stroke, we made our way deeper into the Northeast to find the second shop, which had opened a month-and-a-half ago, named Northeast Vintage. Located in a storefront on an unassuming corner of Washington, the huge, patriotic-themed window (this was, after all, the day after our nation's birthday) and stark white lettering made the store hard to miss.
Inside, Northeast Vintage is a large open space that has been cleverly arranged and utilized by the shop's owner, Martine Lizama. A large, comfy couch provides seating outside of the dressing rooms, woven tapestries of southwestern scenes and JFK cover unsightly fixtures, and the stark white walls are decorated with pseudo religious paintings, photos of female bodybuilders from the '80s, and the occasional horned-bull skull.
|A place to relax while shopping at Northeast Vintage|
Until the next event, however, shoppers can visit during normal store hours. To find out more on new shops visit Fried Bologna and Northeast Vintage.