The good news is that The Attic will be back in business shortly, hopefully by August if all goes as owner Mayra Politis plans. The bad news is, they need to buy a wheelchair lift to comply with accessibility requirements in the new location, at 1010 N. Main St., and can’t obtain a final business licenses until it’s installed.
To raise funds to buy the chair lift, the beloved downtown vintage store is turning to its loyal customers.
This week, The Attic will launch an Indiegogo account to try to raise approximately $12,000. Perks will range from a keychain for those who donate $5 to a private shopping party with champagne and hors d’oeuvres for those who donate $1,000.
“And it will be the good stuff,” Politis says of the food and drink. She says appetizers will likely come from Mingo Kitchen & Lounge, the new small-bites restaurant in Art Square.
The original Attic, on Main Street and Charleston Boulevard, was forced to close in July 2010 when an NV Energy power box exploded and rendered the building unsafe. Politis briefly moved to a smaller location across the street, but struggled to stay afloat and shuttered that store in February 2012.
Aside from the chair lift, The Attic is more or less ready to go in its new location, the old Reddy Ice building on Main Street, just north of Washington Avenue. Politis owns the space and rents half of it to her son, Peter Politis, who has run a thrift store and nonprofit organization called United Movement Organized Kindness from the warehouse since last year.
On The Attic side, the walls have been painted, the merchandise displayed. The same funky clothing and accessories dot the store’s colorful retro landscape. Mannequin heads model wigs, hats and sunglasses alongside vintage odds and ends. In the parking lot, fruits and vegetables grow in a community garden.
Politis says her settlement case is over, but she can’t talk about it, other than to say that she’s relieved. The old Attic building is for sale and she says she hopes to see it turned into a café, restaurant or another vintage clothing store, rather than a law office, bail bonds business or auto garage, as have historically populated the area.
To celebrate The Attic’s new life, Politis says she’s going to round down all prices to the dollar (“My goal is to have no change in my register,” she says), and anyone who has an old VIP admission card will get 10 percent off. Politis will not charge $1 at the door as she did in her original location, and her staff will consist of former employees and her daughter, Christina Politis.
For now, The Attic’s sewing room will remain closed, so Politis won’t be able to carry out custom work as she has in the past, but she hopes to reopen it in the future.
She’d like to turn the garage space at the new location into a co-op of businesses, including a restaurant spot wth open-air seating and other studio-type ventures.
But for now she’s focusing on launching The Attic 3.0.
“For a long, long time, I’ve been struggling,” says Politis, who has been out of work for two years as she’s dealt with mediation. “But I finally see the light at the end of the tunnel.”