The former Relove All Things Shabby space near Central and Woodlawn is going through a transition, but it’s still going to have a lot of love, not to mention a few other things.
Rhonda Gribble and a partner opened Relove at the intersection in 2014 and quickly moved it to the former Roo Grayson space in the 500 block of North Woodlawn to sell repurposed furniture, consignment pieces and other items through various booths in the store.
Now, Gribble is downsizing and refocusing her business. The rest of the space will be used by two other businesses: Findings, a shop that will feature some of the former Relove booths, and Sugar Salon, a hair and makeup salon that’s currently across Woodlawn in Normandie Center.
Sugar will occupy 2,400 square feet in the center of the building at 513 N. Woodlawn.
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Findings will take the 3,200 square feet on the north end of the building at 515 N. Woodlawn, and Relove will take 1,600 square feet on the south end of the building at 511 N. Woodlawn.
Gribble is renaming her business Relove Studio.
“It’s going to be a paint studio and event venue,” she says.
“I wanted to get out of the retail part of it,” Gribble says. “The way that I started my business was doing classes and doing custom orders and having a little bit of retail. … It was just too much for me to keep up with. I just want to go back to what I was originally doing.”
She does custom painting and teaches classes on how to paint furniture. Gribble also paints cabinets.
“That is the big bulk of my business.”
She teaches classes in that as well and has canvas painting classes, too.
Gribble also plans to offer her space as an event venue.
“It’ll hold about 50 people comfortably banquet style,” she says.
There’s a bar area and double doors in the back that she says would be handy for a caterer.
“It’s a great space for an event venue.”
Gribble also will have a booth in Findings to sell furniture. Her paint also will be available at the store.
“I just don’t want people to think I just left,” Gribble says.
Findings owner Diane Ball already had a booth inside Relove All Things Shabby.
“I just love the feel of the store,” she says. “I just wanted to continue it on.”
Her store will feature local artisans “just like we did before.”
At Findings, she’ll sell women’s fashion, apparel, handbags, gift items and what she calls designer-inspired jewelry at reasonable prices.
“Just all kinds of different things,” she says.
The store’s tagline is “a mix of old and new.”
So far, Ball has five booths in her store, including hers.
Her goal is to open Feb. 1, although Ball says the middle of the month is more realistic.
“You have great goals but then you never know if you can achieve them.”
Sugar Salon owner Susan Brady hopes to move her salon possibly as early as the end of February, but it could be into March.
The longtime stylist has had a few salons and opened this one in 1,100 square feet in Normandie four years ago.
“It was intentional when I first opened this space to have it very small,” Brady says. “We just keep growing, which is a good thing. I’m not complaining.”
She says she wants “to keep our intimate feel that we have with our clients.”
“We don’t want to lose that, but we’d like to give our clients a roomier, more comfortable experience by having a bigger place.”
Brady has four styling stations now and is adding two or three more with the new space.
Sugar offers hair and makeup services, waxing and spray tanning.
With the new space, Brady says she’s taking the opportunity to tweak the salon’s decor a bit.
She and Sugar stylist Libby Rivera worked at New York Fashion Week in the fall, and Brady says it’s giving them ideas for the new space.
“We basically wanted to pull in the inspiration from being at Fashion Week and New York.”
She says they both took overseas trips, too.
“We sort of wanted to incorporate that into our new decor.”
Jeff Greenberg of CMG Properties handled all three deals at the building.
Brady says she’s happy to remain in the same area she is now.
“We’re fortunate that we’re able to move just right across the street.”