Growing love for vintage helps Boulevard Mercantile expand into new location
SPOKANE, Wash.– A cornerstone of the Monroe Street antique and vintage scene will soon relocate and expand in a new location closer to downtown Spokane.
Customers step inside Boulevard Mercantile to behold a kaleidoscope of treasures. Pre-loved items catch store manager Giovanni Deleon’s eye whether he’s on the clock or on the hunt for his next buy. He joked that he had a running tab.
“I get a lot of my clothes here,” Deleon said.
Deleon is part of a growing group of young adults who opt to shop at thrift and vintage shops.
“There’s just definitely more character in things that have been around for a while,” Deleon said.
That’s an ideal that has spread and benefited Boulevard Mercantile, according to store co-owner Daniel Webb.
“We have a very young clientele that’s coming that’s buying homes, but we also have a great group of designers and home decorators that are seeking unique pieces for their clients,” Webb said.
Some customers are looking for a chic piece of furniture worthy of an Instagram post, while others are simply nostalgic. Deleon said its also nice to know that the item isn’t destined for a landfill. Buying vintage can help breathe new life into an old object.
Webb and the other two shop owners, Joellen and Dave Jeffers, have watched their small business grow throughout the last five years on Monroe Street. They decided the best way forward was a bigger space to better serve customers.
“We have customers who come in every week to see what’s new,” Joellen Jeffers said.
Boulevard Mercantile owners first made the announcement the shop was moving in a post online. The store will be open at the current location on North Monroe through February 22. By March, customers can find a space nearly double the size at 1012 North Washington Street.
“Spokane has really just loved on us a lot and we appreciate it,” Webb said.
The new location will allow vendors to have more room and give the business opportunities to host pop-up events, according to Webb.
Deleon emphasized that even with the changes, the shop won’t loose its charm.
“We’re going to have the same culture, vibe in our new location,” Deleon said. “It’s just going to be bigger and better.”
Boulevard Mercantile will reopen at 1012 North Washington Street March 6. There will be a party that day from 5-9 p.m.
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