UPDATED — There’s already a lot of love at Central and Woodlawn, and there’s about to be even more.
“It has been fantastic,” Rhonda Gribble says of business at RElove All Things Shabby, which she and Stacy McCarty opened in November.
The store is in 1,800 square feet behind Williams Ace Hardware on Central just west of Woodlawn and sells repurposed furniture.
On April 1, it’s moving into the former Roo Grayson space — that store moved next to Ace — at 515 N. Woodlawn next to Great Harvest Bread. That’s 5,600 square feet, which will allow them to have room for nine other vendors.
“It has to be all handmade, repurposed stuff to have booth space with us,” Gribble says. “We specialize in repurposing, refurnishing, reloving, recycling (and) upcycling … gently used furniture.”
Invio Fine Furniture Consignment is on the other side of Great Harvest.
“I don’t want to compete with her,” Gribble says.
To differentiate her furniture, Gribble says she and her vendors will use plaster paint only.
RElove also will have consignment furniture, smaller items such as jewelry and candles and will continue to offer a variety of classes.
“We teach people how to relove their furniture,” Gribble says. “We also do accessories, too.”
She says there is a lot of demand for space at RElove.
“We’ve got people on a waiting list now.”
Vendors include Shanna Gilbert’s Restoration Redoux; Rodgie Hartness‘ Roadhouse Antiques; Teresa Farber’s Homeplace; Lisa Williams’ Milk & Honey Candle; Laura Fry’s Shape of Love Shoppe; Francie McBeth’s Lady McBeth; Stacey Marlow’s Fiddlesticks; Karen Goodman’s Home At Last; and Tami Meek and Jessica Brantley, who do painted furniture.
Goodman’s space will be double that of the other vendors. She had her own shop near Second and Hydraulic but decided shared space “works out best for me at the moment.”
Goodman says she won’t sell as much clothing or purses as she used to.
“I have a lot of really neat home decor.”
So how does Gribble own a business and keep up with nine tenants, too?
“I’m a really good bookkeeper.”