The Other Side Vintage, which has been family owned and operated for 13 years, has become a staple in the Railroad Square community. As customers walk, bike and drive into the square, it is the first store to greet them.
The products that the store offers have attracted customers from around the world. People from Dublin to New Zealand have made their way to The Other Side Vintage each complimenting the owner on what the store has to offer.
“Basically, we’re a locally owned shop with quirky what-nots collectibles; furniture; home décor; clothing, including costumes; props for the theatre and for the film school,” said Zan Bielec, co-owner along with her mother and sister. “Being that we are a vintage shop, we have vintage and newer stuff too. We’re just a little more quirky. We don’t sell mattresses, we have a little bit of everything it’s not one set thing.”
The store is full of bookshelves exploding with all kinds of knick-knacks, shoes, clocks and even owl figurines. Vinyl records command a section to themselves situated next to kitchen and dining room furniture.
“It’s just such unique stuff here and the prices are fair,” said Katie McKeogh-Jones, who has been working at The Other Side Vintage for seven months. “Lots to choose from and a good way to waste a lot of time.”
If you do not have the urge to shop, Bielec welcomes people to come and take a tour of her store. Just waling around the store can be a great source of inspirations for do-it-yourself crafts. It is also a great way to spend your time during those long breaks.
“A lot of people come even just for entertainment purposes they walk through, they have an hour to kill,” said Bielec. “You can walk through the mall, you can walk around Lake Ella, or you can come through here and look at things that are from your past.”
Employees of The Other Side Vintage want to let people know they are open for business six days a week.
“There’s more than just First Friday,” said McKeogh-Jones. “A lot of people think that things in Railroad Square are open just on First Friday or when we have big events but we are open all the time.”
The Other Side Vintage store hours are Tuesday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. It is closed on Monday. For more information you can visit their website at http://www.theothersidevintage.com/ or you can visit their Facebook page “The OTHER SIDE Vintage.”
“If you have never been here, come by once to experience it,” said Bielec. “And tell your friends if you like it and make sure to visit all our neighbors in the square.”