Brendan Ginsburg worried late last year about the fate of his Circle Thrift & Art Space shop in downtown Richmond.
His small thrift store and art gallery had lost its lease at 7 W. Broad St. after four years.
"At the time, we didn't have anything worked out. It was uncertain," Ginsburg said. "So we put everything into storage and turned it into a full search for a new spot."
After a couple a months, he found available the former Nick’s International Foods market space at 400 W Broad St., at the corner of Broad and Monroe streets. It was the right spot - still on Broad Street, closer to Virginia Commonwealth University's academic campus and bigger than the previous shop.
"I was impressed with the space. And we just loved it," Ginsburg said.
He signed a lease and immediately began renovating the former retail grocer and restaurant space in mid-April. (Nick’s International Foods, specializing in Greek, Italian and other Mediterranean foods, moved to 2413 Westwood Ave. in January 2018 after decades of operating in downtown Richmond, most recently at 400 W. Broad St.)
Circle Thrift & Art Space re-opened its doors in early May. It is operates from noon to 8 p.m. daily.
The store is more than 50 percent bigger than the previous space. That allows for more merchandise display and more storage.
The shop carries the typical merchandise inventory from apparel to household items.
What sets Circle Thrift & Art Space apart from others, Ginsburg said, is the shop provides consignment services for local artists and local musicians. "We have an open door policy for people to bring in their art to try to sell. Now we have the capacity to display it better," he said.
The store has a large selection of music cassettes of songs from local musicians. "Cassettes have made a comeback. They are inexpensive for small bands to make," he said.
Ginsburg said the new location is attracting new customers while the shop's loyal shoppers are making their way back after Circle Thrift & Art Space was closed for five months. "It took us a while to get the word out to everyone," he said.