Saturday, August 31, 2013
What St. Louis Lacks In Vintage Modern Shop Grapevine Info It Surely Makes Up For In Seriously Fine Stock And Choice. So MoModerne Moves It's Headquarters Out To The County...And No One Bothers To Tell A Mr.! Status: New Address - Same Great Taste.
I guess I've nobody to blame but myself. I have to say, I haven't been out to ANY of the vintage modern shop around town lately...and so why would any of these merchants bother to let me in on news as big as the moving of their store front...much less the opening of their Second Storefront!
Yes! It would seem that the robust economy of the the St. Louis metropolitan area is healthy enough
to support not one, but two new(ish, Momoderne has actually been around a while I guess) vintage
modern retailers. I haven't been yet (I WILL, I promise!) but the "old" MoModerne back in the city
on Cherokee Street is still alive and well only renamed Junk Junkie! From what little intel. I've
bothered to gather so far, it's more Kitschy and Retro than MoModerne so...how cool is that!
MoModerne has always kept thing decidedly upscale and obviously it has served them well. You won't
find any chrome trim formica "Lucy" tables in here. What you will find is lots of Teak, Walnut, Birch and
if you're lucky some Rosewood. Also on the menu is plenty of Leather, Fiberglass, Stainless Steel and
Glass. Getting hungry? My mouth was watering when I was there!
You're also likely to find yourself surrounded by some pretty heavy hitters while you're browsing.
Paul McCobb, Edward Wormley, George Nelson, Charles and Ray Eames, Alvar Aalto, Norman
Cherner, (::pant pant::) Isomu Noguchi, Ib Kofod Larsen, George Mulhauser...I could go on, but
enough name dropping. There's also plenty of obscure items of interest in here as well. Also note
the nice balance of large case pieces to seating to smalls and art. Do these folks know what they
are doing? Yup.
And it's not cluttered or hard to move around in the shop either. You won't feel like if you take a
step backward to further admire a nice sofa or desk that you might knock over something that you
might not have wanted to take home...in pieces. This is no small task. I know, from stocking my
booth at The Green Shag AND my space at our family shop Fleur De Lis - Home Source, that it is
hard to not just keep putting more and more in every conceivable nook and cranny! The restraint
is admirable and soon there will be more space to show it in!
Yes, while we were visiting there was a strong odor of fresh paint. Turns out there will soon be
another showroom in the rear of the building where even MORE of these pieces will soon be found!
According to the shopkeep, there will be a grand opening party for the second room next weekend
although the date hasn't yet been set. I'm hoping for Saturday so's I can attend. If so, maybe you
can come by as well and see if you can spot me! Say "howdy" if you can.
I have to say that I wasn't sure that St. Louis could support as many shops like this as it currently
seems to be and I'm sorta proud that it can! ::sniffle sniff:: Sorry, I'm tearing up a little! St. Louis
is by no means a top tier city but we keep chugging right along and make progress where we can.
If you live here...or even close and like to take advantage of the amenities of the city, get out there
and support your local businesses however you can.
Stop by a shop like MoModern, Rocket Century or The Future Antiques and even if you maybe
don't buy something, give them a leg up on Yelp or Google Reviews or a shout out on whatever
social media You choose to use! It will all come back to you somehow!