By Natalie Cunningham
The last time I was in Chicago I was amazed at the size and quantity of vintage stores. I had a great time shopping and marveling at all of the unique items each store had on display.
Of course I was instantly bummed to return home to the almost vintage-free zone that is Lexington. Although vintage is a super-trend right now that seems to have some staying power, there are very few retailers in central Kentucky specializing in dazzling sequined dresses, groovy 70’s jumpsuits and brilliant costume jewelry. There are even fewer in my downtown Lexington neighborhood.
Thanks to Erin Reynolds, we can add one more interesting shopping experience to our fair city. Located on Euclid Ave (in what used to be Charmed Life Tattoo Studio), Fox House Vintage is dripping with personality and panache.
The brainchild and playland of Erin Reynolds, this small vintage boutique is a wonderful place to spend an afternoon. Erin is constantly out on buying trips, so there is always something new and interesting to see. Not to mention, Erin herself is usually running the store, and hanging out with her is an experience all to itself. Please enjoy reading more about this colorful & quirky entrepreneur.
Name: Erin Reynolds / Fox House Vintage
Location: 503 Euclid Ave Lexington, KY (upstairs)
Occupation: Store Owner / Buyer
Approximate Age: I've had the line for six years, and the store for one.
Favorite bourbon? Pappy 20 year is really something special.
Favorite bean? Jelly. (Nice. -MA)
Are you from Kentucky? Yes.
Where? Lexington and Danville.
Do you consider yourself to be sassy?
That may be the nice way to say it. Sure, let’s go with sassy.
What gets you out of bed in the morning?
My dog making out with my face.
What is the biggest business challenge
you face right now?
Making sure I can get through all my Nylon and Vogue issues to stay abreast to what the kids want.
What’s a great book/movie you recently
Spring Break! Harmony Korine has been making me feel awkward since Kids and I LOVE IT!
When do you know it’s time for a vacation?
When I’m awake.
What’s one of your leadership secrets?
When you’re off work, where can we find you
in Lexington (or surrounding areas)?
In bed, spooning either my dog or fiancé.
What do you look for in an employee or
People who have a similar vision, who I respect and am inspired by.
What’s a quote or saying that gets you
through the tough days?
If Joan Crawford didn’t die from crazy, you won’t either.
How do you relish your successes?
I get really excited when I can make extra payments on my mortgage. Lame, but most satisfying.
Why is it important to buy from local
Keeping the money in the community. Not feeding the Wal-Mart demons of the world. Not to mention, there’s a personality in local shops that is far more honest and compelling than you’ll ever see in a corporate store. It just feels better.
Tell us something unique about yourself.
I went to therapy in high school for “shopping addiction”, truth.