Before: "It was a vintage antique store, and there were like, three couches piled on top of one another, and you couldn't even move! So I put together a team of people, and I had this girl I knew that wanted to be in interior design and she just happened to be dating the display director of Anthropologie at the time. So she recruited him, and they came down from Maine, and they literally camped in the store because I couldn't afford to put them in a hotel!"
Before: "We didn't know what we were doing! We had a design eye, but we weren't carpenters."
After: "We used reclaimed wood because all the wood at Home Depot was so expensive, and we didn't want to get plywood. So [my friends] said that there were all these amazing places to get reclaimed barn wood, and at the time five years ago, there weren't really stores in New York that had this kind of reclaimed wood look."
After: "We had to get creative with lighting, because lighting was so expensive, so we took these urns--they're plastic flower pots--and we turned them upside down on one another, and we created these really cool lanterns, and each lamp was probably about 25 dollars!"
After: "It was a very warm store, and we used all of these objects from the sea and found objects to use as display cases because I hated those velvet and plastic cases."
Before and After: Lisa Linhardt’s East Village Store
By Koun Bae
July 09, 2013
Though she’s now freshly settled into a larger space in Nolita, our female founder Lisa Linhardt first started with a small and fortuitous space in the East Village after a talk with a friend about starting a jewelry line. Her friend offered up a tiny antique store on 1st Ave., handing Lisa her first set of store keys in 2008 and the push necessary to materialize her plans.
But flipping the antique store on a tight budget wasn’t such an easy feat! For help, she enlisted her friends Linda Wary and John Meyers, and they transformed the space into one fitting of her jewelry. See the photos and the story to the left.