UPDATED — Renee Rhodes and Jodie Hinds have been selling new and vintage home decor at various shows in Kansas and Oklahoma for more than a year with an intent to one day open a permanent shop. They’ve wanted to be in Lincoln Heights Village at Douglas and Oliver, and a space finally opened.
“That was kind of my indication it was time to open a store,” Rhodes says. “When we saw the sign, we said, ‘Well, this is it,’ and jumped in.”
Rhodes says the Uncommon name “says a lot about the things that we carry.”
“It’s just kind of an uncommon mix of things,” she says. “All of those things that kind of make you feel good.”
That includes pillows, frames, furniture and bath and body products. The store also will accept some furniture consignment pieces, and Rhodes will sell some repurposed pieces of her own.
“It’s not major overhaul but just kind of a facelift,” she says of what she does.
Rhodes says her mother, Paula Leatherman, will be at the store through the week.
Rhodes has lived in the Crown Heights and College Hill area for years and says it will be easy to pop over to the store in the evenings.
“We just love the people, love the area and thought it was a good fit.”
Joe Verbeckmoes of Benchmark Real Estate handled the deal.
Rhodes says customers from shows they’ve attended have been eagerly awaiting a permanent store. She says they’re particularly attracted to the economical prices she and Hinds offer.
“I’m a very frugal shopper,” Rhodes says. “I’m not going to have anything in my store that I wouldn’t pay for myself.”
Uncommon Market also will offer interior design services.
Rhodes says she has training in interior design and a background doing home decor as a hobby.
“It’s just kind of blossomed into a business.”