Walking into Vintage Vibe is like entering a world that’s at once both familiar and foreign.
In the small shop, tucked among a string of other stores along East State Street in Doylestown Borough, you’ll find your grandparents’ radio restored to its original beauty, but now with Bluetooth; an updated 1940s television, and a restored record player that brings a rush of memories.
Meghan and David Pierson launched the unique retro store five years ago and are celebrating the anniversary throughout March with a raffle and discounts.
“We’re giving these vintage things a second life,” said Meghan. “Normally, they’d be stashed away in someone’s attic or in a dark corner of a basement.”
The couple scour flea markets and antiques shops in search of long forgotten items that would likely be lost to time were it not for their keen eye and love of returning everything –from old phones, AM radios, ancient televisions, cash registers, typewriters and more, to the 21st century.
“David can fix or repurpose almost anything,” said Meghan, of her husband, “and I was in the interior design business, before we honed in on this idea.”
From floor to ceiling, the store is filled with stuff that shakes free the past and all the nostalgia that comes with it. Whether it’s antique lighting, a pink rotary telephone or an old kitchen clock that reminds you of your grandmother, or, perhaps, introduces you to her, Vintage Vibe is a place that draws you in for a closer look. A place that connects you to past generations.
“We take once useful things and attractive items that are now obsolete and return them to working order,” said David. “In many cases, we improve upon their functionality with modern innovations, like Bluetooth, so that they can be enjoyed in today’s homes.”
A restored and updated record player from decades past is so special, Meghan said. “It gives you an incredible, warm sound … it has character.”
The Piersons chose Doylestown for their store because it’s a “perfect fit,” said Meghan. “We love the look of the town, we love that it’s a walking town and we love getting to know everyone.”
Visit the store March 20, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and March 21, from noon to 4 p.m. and enter a free raffle for a Vintage Bluetooth Radio Speaker. The winner will be announced at 6 p.m. March 21. There’s also a 10 percent discount to thank the community, the Piersons said.
Online appointments are available and custom orders are also welcomed.