Head out to VIA Patina for a treasure hunt of eclectic and vintage treasures, big and small, and best yet, it's right downtown at the corner of State and High in the Fifth Third bank building.
VIA Patina will pop open November 15, and in the true sense of a pop-up shop, it only be open for a short time, until December 2 so make your plans to shop early. Their hours will be Thursdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Grand Opening festivities will be Saturday, November 17, 1-6 p.m.
VIA Patina will specialize in architectural, vintage and antique items, and we sat down with one of the owners to get some scoop of what you might find when you walk into the gem.
VIA Patina is part of a business concept designed by Sally Cooper, Kimberly Robinson and Kelly Nash. The three share a passion about finding and re-purposing architectural artifacts, vintage one-of-a-kind pieces, and antiques. Kimberly and Kelly began collecting architectural salvage items to re-purpose for their own homes and became so passionate about it they wanted to help others out, and Sally has been selling vintage items and antiques for years, even landed a spot at GrandView Mercantile Co.
“I love old things that are really well made, and I’ve been using and selling them for years,” Sally said. “It’s all about reusing and re-purposing. I don’t know why someone would even want to buy something brand new when you can find such treasures.”
“I wanted to find additional ways to make my business work so I researched pop-ups in London, New York and San Francisco,” she said. “Setting up temporary retail in a vacant space lets us test the market, and there’s some urgency to the concept because people know it won’t be there forever.”
The women weren't sure where they wanted to test their concept, but then Kacey Brankamp (Capital Crossroads SID Retail Recruiter) showed them available retail space downtown.
“We got so excited about the transformation we saw, like Columbus Commons and the Lazarus building, that we knew we wanted to be downtown,” Sally said. “Transformation is totally what we are into.”
VIA patina will only be around for a very short time, so don’t wait to check them out. They will be open Thursdays through Sundays from November 15 – December 2, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. They may have some extended hours based on appointments.
So what kind of goodies can you expect to find? It’s going to be a giant treasure chest of opportunity. Everything from antique furniture to crystal chandeliers to jewelry to paintings to art created from vintage items…catch your breath. You’ll also find traditional architectural salvage items - think fireplace mantels, hand-carved doors, antique door knobs, vintage windows and heater grates. The list goes on and on, and if you see something that you love, but can’t figure out how to re-purpose it, we’re sure that the Via Patina crew will be more than willing to share some ideas.