Owners of a soon-to-open vintage store in Tyler say they want to create a hub for everyone.
Levi Adams and Amanda Lewis, owners of Standson Vintage, said they wanted to make people “feel in their element”.
The store is near downtown at 2117 E. Front St., and the couple said that while there are businesses such as restaurants and cafes in this neighborhood, they want to provide an additional place for families to spending the weekend and having fun.
Lewis said Adams had been buying and selling vintage clothing for a long time and his passion led them to open a store, she added.
“He likes to create and make things his own way,” Adams said. “We do vintage clothing, but it’s not just vintage clothing, it’s much more personal than that.”
Adams said he went from customizing vintage clothes to people coming to him and asking for personalized items.
About three months ago, he said he and Lewis had their first pop-up vintage store, and it went really well. From there, he said they started doing more until they had the opportunity to open a permanent store.
“It really happened by God – it all fell into place that way, perfectly really,” Adams said.
Standson Vintage is in a building that has been in its family for more than 100 years, Lewis said. Over the years, the building housed the East Texas Produce Market, but Lewis said his father was ready to retire from the produce business.
With many new grocery stores within a mile, Lewis added that selling produce just wasn’t practical in this location. Not wanting to sell the building or see it demolished, she and Adams decided it would be their showcase.
“It was an opportunity for us to step in and say, ‘We’ll take over for you,'” Lewis said.
As a vintage store, Lewis said the goal is always to have fresh inventory. With good circulation of items, people can come in and still see new merchandise, she added.
“I want all types of people who dress the way they want to come in and be able to find something,” Adams said.
He said he hopes the business will also help the area around the store grow.
“At the end of the day, my thing is to create something that’s for the next generation, something that they can build on and grow from,” Adams said.
Standson Vintage is scheduled to open at 3 p.m. on March 3 and will have many vendors selling items such as goat’s milk soap, rugs, fresh produce, antiques, pet items, crystals and more. , Lewis said. Live music, food and artist booths are also planned.
As the store grows, Lewis and Adams also want to hold market days once a month where people can come see the vendors and more. They’re also working on building a stage where local artists can perform throughout the week, Adams said.
“We want to be able to represent and support the community the way we have been supported and more,” Lewis said. “It’s been a really big deal for us lately, trying to bring in as many people and organizations and talent as possible…because I think that’s part of what makes it special too – we’re trying to make a personal effort with people.”
After its grand opening, the store will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily so people have time to shop even after work, Lewis said.
For more information on Standson Vintage and its grand opening, visit www.facebook.com/standson.vintage .