Local shop revamped with new owner
By Deborah Ince | Daily Times Correspondent
Local consignment shop SkyPad Vintage has been revamped under new owner Rebecca Brown.
The shop’s grand reopening on Aug. 4 presented customers with a wider array of vintage items, including the addition of six new vendors. Its two showrooms almost filled to capacity, Brown said SkyPad offers something for everyone.
“Everything is pretty much midcentury modern, and that’s very popular right now,” Brown said. “Now we just offer more for others. All this stuff is different. It’s not your average chain furniture store stuff.”
Brown added that the shop’s reopening at 802 Montvale Road was a great success.
“We had a huge reopening,” Brown said. “There was a lot of publicity, and we had catered food so customers had something to eat. We were very busy!”
Brown initially worked part-time in the shop, which had previously been known as Spin Vintage, before taking over the business from its previous owner, Susan Roseman.
Years prior, the building had been owned by family business Huff and McMurray Grocery Store.
The new SkyPad Vintage includes more furniture, glassware, kitchenware vintage clothing and a variety of other items encompassing the midcentury look and feel of the 1940s to 1970s.
Brown said the store’s extensive collection of vintage items gives customers an opportunity to relive parts of the past.
“It’s fun,” Brown said. “People come in and say things like ‘My mom has this. My mom has that.’ It’s a trip down memory lane. ... Everything is very collectible. And all of the items in the store are good. They’re good quality. That’s why they’re still around, because they’re in such good condition.”
Brown said most of the shop’s inventory comes from consignment agreements and pieces she has found at local auctions and state sales.
She said SkyPad Vintage has received overwhelming support from the community, and she hopes to continue offering a place where community members can purchase quality goods.
Brown even offers a 10 percent store discount to Maryville College students with college IDs.
“We’ve been busy all summer, and the local people are really supportive,” Brown said. “It’s been a lot of fun. You get to meet a lot of nice people, and you get a lot of repeat customers, which is always cool.”
Since the reopening, Brown said the shop has been busier than ever and has received a lot of attention and publicity.
As the sole owner of the shop, Brown said running a business on her own is a lot of work, but she enjoys every second of it.
“It’s neat,” Brown said. “It’s fun. It just evokes a state of happiness.”
SkyPad Vintage is open five days a week from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.