A day of eating, drinking, shopping and exploring around downtown Bloomington would not be complete without a visit to the newly opened vintage store Retrofit Culture.
The brick shop celebrated its grand opening on Oct. 5 and has since then been selling one-of-a-kind items to the public. But before opening its doors to the people of Bloomington, Retrofit Culture existed solely on the e-commerce website Etsy.
Prior to moving to the Bloomington area, owner Tahnee Lathrop and her husband began selling some of their belongings online to lighten their load.
People quickly started snatching up her vintage finds, Lathrop said.
She then made the exciting decision to open up her own shop in her new home.
“When this space opened up in a really cool area of town, I snapped it up right away! I knew I wanted to have a store that merged vintage, handmade items together for an eclectic feel,” Lathrop said.
She describes the shop as selling “vintage goodness and modern indie design,” offering unique pieces of clothing, décor, gifts and more.
“My vintage furniture, clothing and home décor items are primarily from the 1950s through the 1970s,” Lathrop added.
She also sells fun and creatively designed pieces from artists who are local to Central Illinois and are owners of various small businesses.
The prices at Retrofit Culture are ideal for a college budget. A number of the decorative items can be bought for under $20.
“College students would benefit by shopping here because they would find lots of unique and one-of-a-kind items to decorate their dorms and apartments, to wear and to give as gifts for the upcoming holidays,” Lathrop said.
The store has a number of exciting events happening over the next few months.
Nov. 1 through Nov. 3, Retrofit Culture will showcase a local jewelry artist setting up a special display in the shop.
On Nov. 23, Retrofit Culture will be pairing up with its neighbor, Alley Kats, to throw a holiday open house.
You can follow Retrofit Culture on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, where they post discounts and giveaways.
The store is located just a block south of the US Cellular Coliseum, nestled among the old brick buildings.
“Go to 400 S. Madison St., and look for the bright blue doorway. That’s me!” Lathrop said.