Circle Thrift & Art Space announces re-opening of store front back on Broad St., just two blocks away from the intersection of Broad and Belvidere St., and a much closer walk from the VCU Monroe Park campus.
May 20, 2019 Richmond, VA – Circle Thrift & Art Space has re-opened its doors at 400 W Broad St. After four years at 7 W. Broad St., Circle’s lease ended in December of 2018, leaving the small thrift store and art gallery initiative without a store front and looking for a new space to re-establish themselves in. After months of research into potential locations, and an overwhelming wave of suggestions and support from the community, owner of Circle Thrift & Art Space, Brendan Ginsburg, came across the former Nick’s Produce & International Food Market retail space at the corner of Broad St. and Monroe St. Circle Thrift & Art Space signed the lease and immediately began renovating the space in the middle of April.
“For the first 3 weeks we’d been working hard to restore the space. We’ve been fueled by our very loving and skilled friends, lots of La Croix, and the goal of opening our doors back on Broad,” said Brendan Ginsburg. The small crew of friends and store staff worked tirelessly to make sure the store was ready by May’s First Friday celebration. With a small set back in dates to meet the Richmond zoning requirements, work to turn the former retail grocer and restaurant space into a renovated, up-to-date retail space was top priority. “We didn’t want to announce anything definitive until we knew we were ready to open,” explained Mr. Ginsburg regarding Circle’s silence in the months prior to the announcement.
At launch on Friday May 3rd, Circle’s staff was ecstatic and relieved when doors opened and weather was looking clear for that night’s First Friday event. It wasn’t long before familiar faces started coming back through Circle’s doors with most expressing shock that Nick’s Produce is no longer there. “We were asked a few times if we still sold sandwiches,” quipped Gümo, a long time worker for Circle Thrift & Art Space. As the evening rolled on, the store became quite busy as patrons old and new stopped by 400 W. Broad as part of the First Friday Art Walk.
The freshly polished checkerboard floors and expansive space greeted many excited shoppers who expressed overwhelming support of Circle’s new store location. Circle even managed to bring back its Featured Gallery Exhibit in time for First Friday. For its first month back open, Circle’s Featured Gallery is hosting “No Borders” by local artist Alexander Zurun, featuring a limited selection of oil paintings in a contemporary, expressive minimal style.
Circle Thrift & Art Space first opened in January of 2015 and has endured to be known by many who frequent downtown Richmond for it’s frequent clothing sales and late evening business hours. With the new store location, Circle is promising to evolve in order to continue its mission of providing reliable second hand clothing and home goods as well as expand its art gallery initiative to empower local artists. According to staff, plans are in the works to restart and expand the community-recycling program in the very near future, and that Circle is always open to community suggestions as to what their next project should be. Currently, Circle Thrift & Art Space is accepting clean, reusable bags and donations of clothing and home goods. Store hours have changed to 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. (previously 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.) every day of the week.
Name: Matthew Grizzle
Address: 400 W. Broad St. Richmond, VA 23220
Organization: Circle Thrift & Art Space
Phone: 804 – 387 – 3509
Facebook Message: https://www.facebook.com/CircleRVA/