CONSIGNMENT DEAL MEANS SHORT VACANCY

Greene Street Consignment plans to open its eighth store at 40 Broad Street in Red Bank, former home of Funk and Standard, by mid-September. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

When officials from Greene Street Consignment, a high-end used-clothing shop with seven stores in the greater Philadelphia area, paid her a visit about a month ago, Red Bank RiverCenter executive director Nancy Adams’ immediate reaction, she later said, was, “We’ve gotta get you here. We need retail.”

And with some fast action, Adams helped do just that, in the process heading off what might have been a prolonged and gaping vacancy in the heart of a downtown still struggling to recover.

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FUNK AND STANDARD HEADS NORTH ON BROAD

Patti Siciliano plans to relocate her 14-year-old store to 7 Broad. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Rcsm2_010508Funk and Standard, a retailing stalwart through Red Bank’s economic ups and downs, is planning to vacate its longtime home and reopen next month farther north on Broad Street.

Owner Patti Siciliano tells redbankgreen she’ll close the clothing and novelty store, as well as its 18-month-old Yummy Yummy Good Stuff juice bar, on Tuesday in preparation for a move to a below-the-street space at 7 Broad Street, between Red restaurant and Blue Water Seafood.

Hoping to take over the vacated space at 40 Broad is Greene Street Consignment, a high-end clothing consignment shop with seven stores in the Philadelphia area, according to documents on file at borough hall.

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ON CONSIGNMENT: DOUBLETAKE ON BROAD

marci-kessler“My business is recession-proof,” says Doubletake owner Marci Kessler. (Click to enlarge)

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As a handful of employees raced about earlier this month to set up for the next day’s opening of Doubletake Consignment Boutique in Red Bank, owner Marci Kessler appeared the embodiment of calm.

The racks were nearly bare of the high-end clothing and accessories expected to fill the store, located on Broad Street next door to Pizza Fusion. But Kessler, eating a salad at the cash register, was unflustered, and confident the shop would be fully stocked for its first customers.

“We’ve been doing it for 18 years,” she told redbankgreen.

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ON CONSIGNMENT: RE-ENTRY JOBS

u-boutiqueU Gallery will feature luxury goods on consignment and works by brain-injured artists. (Click to enlarge) Rcsm2_010508

One of the stores opening as part of a surge in new consignment shops in the Red Bank area has an unusual pedigree.

It’s called U Gallery, and it’s an offshoot of Universal Institute, a player in the healthcare industry specializing in services for brain-injured clients.

Huh?

No, that’s not an egregious misprint. Lisa Lasso, who co-owns the rehab and vocational training facility, says a  consignment shop/art gallery can work, and say she has the track record to prove it.

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ON CONSIGNMENT: GOING HIPPER

kathie-slavinKathie Slavin took over The Attic at the beginning of the month and is rebranding the consignment shop In-Style Vintage. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

There was a point a few months ago when a second-hand staple in Fair Haven, The Attic, was going to get mothballed forever, ending a 40-year run on River Road.

The consignment shop’s owner, Melanie Selick, had suffered a stroke, leaving her incapable of handling the day-to-day duties necessary to run the business.

But Kathie Slavin, who, for years shopped and often dropped off clothing at the shop, simply could not let it go dark. So she took over.

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GROWTH DRIVES T. BERRY SQUARE’S BIG MOVE

jennifer-quinn-payneT. Berry Square owner Jennifer Quinn Payne in her store’s new consignment section. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

It wasn’t long after Jennifer Quinn Payne added a consignment section to her boutique children’s store, T. Berry Square, that she realized floor space had become a precious commodity. She kicked off the new operation in June with about 30 pieces of lightly used children’s clothing, and quickly, the Broad Street shop started getting smaller.

“It was kind of taking over,” Quinn Payne said of the consignment section. “We needed to expand.”

So expand she did. With Courtney Medd, brought in as a partner to help oversee the resale portion of the store, Quinn Payne packed up and headed south to a bigger space — next door, to 64 Broad, to be exact.

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