The Arts District’s streak of luring secondhand stores continues.
It’s A Man’s World, a self-described men’s upscale consignment shop, opened this week in Jackson Ward at 100 W. Broad St.
The store offers blazers, shirts, dress shoes and accessories. A trio of friends, Martin Rubenstein, Susan Youngs and Stephen Jenkins, hatched the idea for the shop after running into a shared problem.
“My husband was getting rid of some nicer things – cashmere sweaters, crocodile-skin belts and things like that. We couldn’t find any exclusively upscale men’s consignment shops,” Youngs said.
The 2,200-square-foot shop, formerly a Jackson-Hewitt tax prep office, was decorated by Rubenstein, who got into the interior design business in the 1970s and most recently owned Martin Interior Design. The firm was located at 3325 W. Cary St. in Carytown, which soon will be home to Les Crepes.
Jenkins was formerly a fashion model and retailer in New York City, and Youngs said she’s been a career entrepreneur, with ventures into industries from telecommunications to travel.
Much like developers and other retailers to arrive in the surrounding blocks, Rubenstein said the momentum of the neighborhood drew them to the spot.
“We’ve got out-of-towners on the weekend, and the response from younger people has been great,” he said.
“A lot of these things are older than they are,” he joked.
The three co-owners operate the store, but Youngs said they’d like to add three staff soon. The shop’s hours are currently tentative.
Around the corner from It’s a Man’s World, Electric Consignment is planning to open this fall at 312 Brook Road. The owners couldn’t be reached for comment.
The two new shops will join furniture and home decor shop 68 Home, which opened last year at 5 W. Broad St. That’s on the same block as Circle Thrift & Art Space and Red Books and Coffee, two other thrift stores. And well-known secondhand sneaker shop Round Two is up the street 202 W. Broad St.
Along with the recent debut of the Maggie Lena Walker statue in Jackson Ward, the intersection of Broad Street, Adams Street and Brook Road has been active lately.
Children’s clothing shop Little Nomad opened in July next door to It’s A Man’s World.
That same month, Civilization Tattoo opened at 309 N. Adams St., and days later ad agency A For Adventure exited its office at 308 N. Adams. Idle Hands Bread Co. temporarily shuttered its 312 Brook Road bakery after it opened a new location at 407 Strawberry St. in the Fan, with plans to reopen in Jackson Ward in coming weeks.