Tucked away in the courtyard of the Saint Florence apartment building on Capitol Hill resides a little gem called Ghost Gallery. Shop owner Laurie Kearney has carefully curated an art and vintage shop with homey-chic decor that recalls your great aunt's living room. But did your aunt have antlers? Kearney recently teamed up with scavenger Jess Rainbolt of ReRun Room to bring one-of-a-kind antique furnishings and taxidermy pieces to the shop. But don't miss Ghost Gallery’s locally and small-batch crafted jewelry selection; it's one of the best around town. Featuring necklaces, earrings, and more to spice up any outfit with a balance of bold, bohemian, and mysticall, Kearney’s shop is more than the average art-lined space.
WWW: What song or album is playing on your store’s sound system right now?
Kearney: I started with the Cranes "Shining Road," recently and have been letting Spotify do it's shuffling magic from there. I've also been listening to a lot of vintage Italian music from the 40s.
What was your first job? How does it compare to your job now?
My first job was at Cinema 10 in Ledgewood, New Jersey for a little while when I was 15. I was in it for the free popcorn and the cute skater boys. My job now is almost 100 percent completely different, except that I still have to be nice to people, do my math correctly, keep the floors clean, and show folks where the restroom is.
What’s your favorite thing in the store right now?
We just received four miniature bird paintings by the UK's Natasha Newton that I absolutely love. We had been in contact with each other for almost a year before she was able to send us some paintings. Her work is in very high demand! I am also in love with a white painted vanity that ReRunRoom Vintage just brought in on consignment.
Where do you shop when you’re not at your store?
What do you love about your store’s neighborhood?
I love the diversity here and the very supportive community of small business owners and art appreciators. There are dozens of fantastic women-owned businesses all around us. I feel proud to be one of them! The gallery has new people coming in every day that live right around the corner, it's always so nice to connect and talk about what's going on, where else they should visit.
What nearby, coffee shops, etc do you recommend?
Definitely Arabica Lounge for coffee. Saint John's Bar & Eatery on E Pike is perfect for an afternoon coffee or happy hour business meeting. Analog Coffee is the perfect place to get a warm drink then stroll over to Pretty Parlor, and down to Indian Summer Vintage and Cairo, both further down Summit. Makes for a great vintage-hunting afternoon!
What’s the weirdest thing that’s ever happened in your store?
We get a lot of interesting characters wandering into the courtyard to practice their silent karate moves, pray to the gods, that kind of thing. It keeps it weird, but I'd rather have that than stark and boring any day.