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A new store opening on York Street hopes to be a hot spot in the City of Williamsburg’s art community.
Revibe Consignment is opening next week at 515 York St. in Williamsburg.
Owned by couple Jared Ward and Kari Velandria, the store is a mixture of consignment shop, antique store, furniture repair and art gallery.
The store is a natural step for Ward, a carpenter, and Velandria, an artist. Both grew up in Williamsburg before marrying and moving to Charlottesville. After they had their first child, Velandria said family members encouraged them to move back to Williamsburg.
With their move back to the Historic Triangle, Velandria and Ward began to consider ways they could incorporate their passions into a business. During their time in Charlottesville, they refurbished furniture out of their home.
“Someone said, ‘You guys do it so well, you should go out and do it professionally,’” Ward said.
That suggestion would eventually become Revibe Consignment. Ward said the store will offer consignment goods, along with other services, including furniture refurbishing, home staging and art gallery and work space.
“We like to say that Revibe is not your average consignment store,” Ward said.
The gallery and work space was particularly important for the artistically inclined couple.
“Charlottesville is saturated with artists — it’s an arts town,” Ward said. “We wanted to bring some of that back to Williamsburg.”
Ward said Revibe would offer a space for local artists to display their works and to produce new pieces.
“A lot of people are talking about wanting to do workshops for artists, but not a lot of people are doing it,” Ward said.
Ward said he and Velandria had spent the last few weeks preparing the York Street location for use as a retail center and artistic workshop, including fully repainting the building and other repairs.
Ward said they are planning a July 1 grand opening for the store from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.