On July 8th The Grand had its grand opening celebration. Family and friends toasted the future success of Beth Roberts, Heather McKay and Jodi Muscate as they join forces to become the premier location for all things vintage. The Grand is the name of the space at 389 Gregory Street, on the first floor. It is a collaboration (and home) of Jane Vintage (clothing), Revival Rentals (furniture & decor rentals) and McKay’s Photography (film portrait photography studio). Everything in the store is authentic, including the clothing racks which were created out of 100 year old wood and pipe. Even the dressing room is an antique medical display booth!
The name The Grand” comes from the old 19th century name for Gregory & South Ave. “After looking up historical details, maps, stories and information, we fell in love with this unknown piece of history in our favorite neighborhood”, says McKay.
The idea for the group space manifested in the most interesting way! Beth bought the former Far Out Vintage store on Monroe Ave and, soon after, Heather walked in to see about selling her extensive collection of vintage clothing. Beth bought that collection and they became fast friends, bonding over vintage clothes, photography and business knowledge. Jodi (Revival Rentals) is a past bride of Heather’s and was married inside the Cinema with their wedding reception at The German House. At the same time that Heather was meeting Beth, Jodi reached out to Heather to see about getting into event coordination/design. The two started growing the idea for event rentals with Jodi’s extensive collection of furniture and decor.
Heather & Beth were talking about buying a building to relocate Jane Vintage with a space for McKay’s Photography. Meanwhile, Jodi was looking at warehouses and work space to house the ever growing furniture collection. One day, Beth stumbled upon the listing for 389 Gregory and that day, Heather and Beth received a tour of the space and had the entire idea mapped out! It was then time to introduce Jodi to Beth and the rest, as they say, is history! Or was it fate?
The Grand will also be available for rent for small events, classes and as a photography studio.