July 20, 2024


Passion For Fashion

Extended Island teenager, antique supplier pair up to open new report store

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In early November, avid vinyl report collector Luca Williams, 15, (certainly, 15) of Cove Neck and history and antique vendor Andrew Schipper, 49, of Huntington, paired up to open Moonshot Emporium, a neat, considerably throwback document-antique-vintage clothing co-op in Sea Cliff.

“He was actually a excellent consumer of mine, and to be so fascinated at that age reminded me of a young me,” claims Schipper who achieved the now sophomore at Portledge College in Locust Valley many years ago at many flea markets. But, claims Schipper, when Williams requested, “’Do you want to open a file keep with me?’ I assumed he was ridiculous. And I mentioned to myself, ‘I’m not opening a retailer with a 15-yr-aged.’ “

It took some convincing, and investigating Sea Cliff. The quirky 750-square-foot keep with wooden sloping floors was the clincher. “I felt like it could be Pop’s Garage fulfills a small Boho. But it was all Luca’s plan. Feel it or not, he’s instructing me about getting a experienced grownup — he’s a preppy adult little one,” states Schipper. “I’m instructing him about audio he’s hardly ever read prior to.”

A collector since he was 11, Williams received the notion just after he properly developed a pop-up store a couple situations upcoming door to Moonshot at a household friend’s retail outlet. And when he noticed the neighboring storefront experienced been vacant for a handful of months, he says, “We realized there was a market in city for information, audio and memorabilia, it appeared like a no-brainer. Andrew didn’t acquire me severely at initial he was undoubtedly doubtful and there was a good deal of persuasion. I was a sophomore inquiring him to open up a file retailer in the middle of a pandemic — it’s a small outrageous but then it all fell into spot.” For the file, Williams, signed the lease for the store (co-signed by his mother).

Moonshot is divided into independent sections — largely documents. Williams, whose corporation is dubbed “Exceptional 138 Documents,” has a typical rock selection of about 225 products listed here (he has one more 1,500 saved at house) that includes Beatles (his beloved), David Bowie, Bob Dylan and far more and operates from $5 for a “nicely-beloved” album to $60 for a rarer file.

Best band in the store appropriate now? “The Grateful Lifeless,” states Williams. We can not continue to keep it in.” Schipper, whose company is “Wormhole Vinyl,” goes the other way. “I’m into considerate punk,” states Schipper who also deals in kitschy antiques in the again of the retail store that operate from $1 for a postcard to $250 for a kooky hearth mantle that converts to a bar. His history selection is huge — about 10,000 albums right here and pretty “aged school and I’m into Shoegazing,” he claims of a late ’80s style of Indie and alternative rock from the Uk. His priciest piece is $250 for a “really uncommon Skip Bifferty.” — an English psychedelic rock band shaped in 1966.

Last but not least, there is an area devoted to classic clothes courtesy of Outrageous Lady Vintage, owned by Lisa Leonardi, 62 of Huntington, a former superior faculty orchestra trainer who has been selling from household and on Etsy. “It’s a large amount of entertaining doing the job with Andrew and a 15-calendar year old. We’re very distinctive and equivalent much too and we sort of attract the similar shopper foundation.”

So considerably, the kooky collab is profitable, suggests Schipper. “It is a small little bit of an escape and a split. And in the course of COVID, it is just so good to have a discussion.” And for the long run: “It’s a fact show waiting around to occur.”

Moonshot Emporium is located at 316 Sea Cliff Ave., 516-806-2500.