Vintage store Wishbone Reserve re-opening in Hampden next week

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Rental items inside Wishbone Reserve. Photo via Facebook.

Vintage and antiques store Wishbone Reserve is joining the bustling Hampden neighborhood’s shopping scene next week.

After spending three years in their original Mount Washington space at 5730 Falls Road, store co-owners Julie Lilienfeld and Athena Hoffberger are re-opening their vintage furniture and fixtures shop just over two miles down at 3811 Falls Road in Hampden.

The new spot is a converted industrial space, which Lilienfeld said has made for a nice contrast with the displays of mid-century modern home furnishings, textiles and collectibles. They have made a few changes, re-painting and touching up the façade and adding a glass storefront, but otherwise haven’t made many alterations to the building.

“It’s great because it’s kind of a blank canvas,” Lilienfeld said. “We’re keeping its industrial sort of integrity, but we’re kind of juxtaposing it with our antique, vintage offerings.”

The pair, who have been friends since childhood, opened their Mount Washington location in 2014, and gained a loyal following of customers before they ultimately moved out in November 2017, when Lilienfeld said a marijuana dispensary bought out the remainder of their lease. A third business partner, Ryan Haase, has recently joined their team, Lilienfeld noted in an email Saturday.

After a wintertime hiatus, they found their way into their new space closer to Hampden’s always-popular Avenue. (The building “kept on calling to” Hoffberger, Lilienfeld said.)

Wishbone Reserve will be opening next Thursday evening with a dance party DJed by Graham Hatke, one half of the duo behind The Windup Space’s monthly “4 Hours of Funk” dance party, and snacks and drinks, running from 6-9 p.m.

Thereafter, they’ll be back up and running from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays.

Nearby W. 36th Street already has a number of popular vintage stores—from the hip Milk and Ice and the brimming Silver Fox to the higher-end Paradiso Hampden, to name just a few. But despite the competition, Lilienfeld said she’s looking forward to Wishbone Reserve joining a scene of collectibles dealers in the neighborhood.

“There’s some wonderful shops here,” she said, “and we all kind of know each other and like each other, so there’s this nice, symbiotic community.”

This story has been updated to reflect Wishbone Reserve’s new store hours and the addition of Haase as a partner in Wishbone Reserve, and corrected to reflect the proper spelling of Athena Hoffberger’s last name.

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