After an extensive renovation to the home of Vintage Moon, Gigi Renee has re-opened her unique vintage boutique in its former location.
The 82 Lexington Avenue building was sold at the end of 2011 and Renee was given notice that she would need to vacate by February 1, 2012.
“The news came as quite a shock, to say the least, and I felt certain I would find another location,” Renee said.
What she could not anticipate was rising rent for spaces in downtown Asheville and the difficulty in finding a space with sufficient foot traffic to keep her business growing. Uncompromising in her dedication to business, her patience paid off when she found out her former space would be completed by the end of the summer.
While she searched, Renee’s designs were made available in other downtown stores and local markets. Local business owners in Asheville often have a way of supporting one another through tough times and transitions.
Niche at the Grove Arcade and Royal Peasantry on Lexington Avenue were able to carry Renee’s designs, which assisted in keeping her creations easily accessible in Asheville. This is one example of the community spirit that sustained Renee for the past 7 months as well as her tenacious, undefeatable spirit and passion for her work.
Over the past few months, Renee has developed new clothing designs, been featured in Altered Couture magazine, and cultivated new ideas for her store. The store has already opened for business with a Grand Opening Celebration planned for Friday, September 21. The grand opening coincides with the autumn equinox, which for centuries has represented the celebration of the harvest. Renee is certainly set to harvest the bounty of her new ideas and designs as she brings her rendition of a Paris flea-market meets gypsy caravan back to Lexington Avenue.
Vintage Moon will continue to feature classic vintage clothing and accessories as well as Renee’s personal designs hand crafted from vintage textiles. Additionally, Vintage Moon will now offer unique furniture and romantic home décor accessories.
“The expanded inventory of treasures for the home will allow my customers to create a vintage lifestyle that is reflected in their home as well as their clothing,” Renee excitedly shares.
Vintage Moon’s Grand Opening is set for Friday, September 21 from 4-8pm. Wine and locally crafted cheese, cave aged by Victor Chiarizia of Blue Ridge Mountain Creamery, will be available for all vintage shoppers. Chiarizia, also a hand glass blower, will have his functional and sculptural glass pieces, as well as art nouveau lamps, in Vintage Moon later this fall. Renee welcomes everyone to come by and toast her re-emergence from the chrysalis back to the Lexington Avenue shopping extravaganza.