It seems like a lifetime time ago that we first announced that our Newport store was moving down the block to 146 Bellevue Ave. On February 1st we closed our doors at 190 Bellevue and moved our store to 146, our new home. We were already in love with the bones of the space, like the corner windows, high ceilings, and grey wood floors, but knew that it would take creativity, patience and hard work to create the H&T haven we envisioned.
At this point, you would think Dakota and I would be seasoned pros at opening brick and mortar stores. We have occupied six different offices and stores since launching Harper & Tucker, and know the ins and outs of moving and how quickly an obstacle can suddenly derail the best laid out plan. With that said, we have never done our own design and buildout, and so this was a new adventure for us. It was a mountain of a challenge, and well worth it for the view from the top.
Our goal was to take the best features and details from 190 and Wayland Square and create a space that was completely our own. We always loved the layout of 190 Bellevue, with copper racks and our clothing against a bright white backdrop and checkout station in the center of the space. It makes for an easy shopping experience, with us able to engage and assist centrally. Our checkout station was one of the main features we inherited when we moved into 190, and we grew quite attached to it, so we knew we wanted to recreate something similar at our new shop. We hoped to keep the original concept but also relished the opportunity to customize it for our specific desires. Our contractor, Arthur Mead, had the idea to create two parallel counters instead of one L shaped unit, so the space would feel more open, while also giving us more workspace. Dakota designed and drew to scale a rendering of the station that would fit our specifications exactly. We could not be more thrilled with both the beauty and function of the final product.
The vibe at Harper & Tucker walks the line of a coastal oasis and chic minimalism so, inspired by our urban take in Providence and the natural charm of Newport, we sought to create the best of both worlds. You'll find metallic accents throughout all of our fixtures from ceiling lights to the clean lines of our mirrors. We've loved having plants bring color and life to our Providence shop, and we wanted to do the same in this space but pair them with natural accents that remind you that you are close to the beach. We found the perfect statement chandelier from Serena & Lily that perfectly embodies our vision. The natural weave pendants are beachy yet chic - embodying what it means to us to be a modern bohemian.
From painting ceilings at the tip top of an eight-foot ladder, to knocking down a beam with just a hammer, to driving to Burlington to fit a near 7ft mirror in the back of my Subaru, to Dakota meticulously painting the floor trim to perfection - we have put our blood, sweat and tears into making our vision a reality. We could never have gotten it done without the emotional (and physical) support of our family, the patience of our new landlord and neighbors during construction, and our detail-oriented contractor, Arthur Mead of Arthur Mead Contracting. Arthur was the ideal partner to collaborate with on our custom designs, from his commitment to fulfilling our vision and making the buildout a seamless process, to lending us tools and teaching us techniques so we could tackle some tasks ourselves.
We want to thank you all for your support throughout this process, and for your patience while we've had to adjust hours in Providence and close in Newport due to construction. We are so excited that our doors are now open at 146 Bellevue and will be announcing soon the date of our Grand Opening Sip & Shop, so stay tuned!
Welcome to 146 Bellevue Ave!
"Life imitates art far more than art imitates life." - Oscar Wilde
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