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Out with the old: Raleigh iconic vintage shop set to move

Posted December 9, 2016

— The saying "out with the old and in with the new" applies to a Raleigh vintage shop in more ways than one.

The iconic Father and Son shop on West Hargett Street attracts people from around the world. Travel guides refer to it as a must visit for the City of Oaks, but now the store’s future is uncertain.

Kiymo Ownbey, the store owner, described Father and Son as sort of like a jigsaw puzzle.

"All kinds of different things woven together like a quilt," she said. "You have different pieces form different eras, and it is sort of all connected in some way."

Mid-century modern is their specialty. Everything is priced low because the store itself is being forced to move.

"It makes me sad to think that everything old, or unique, has to be sort of pushed out due to rising costs," Ownbey said.

The building and property has risen in value, and the owner wants to sell.

"It's hard to talk about because I love our shop, I love old stuff, I like new stuff and I think there is value in both," Ownbey said.

Ownbey owns the place with her husband, Brian, and they plan to own it for a long time to come.

"We are relocating. We are not closing. We're just moving," she said.

They hope customers will follow.

"I hate that it's moving, but as soon as they find a new place, I'll be there," said customer Damone Frye.

"It makes me sad because I've been here for 20 years," Ownbey said. "I raised my daughter in this building. It's like moving from your home. This is like home to me."

The Ownbeys hope to stay in downtown Raleigh but they said they are considering a move to Durham. There is no date set for their relocation.


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  • David Jones Dec 12, 2016
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    Downtown Raleigh is rapidly becoming a monoculture for rich tech workers and retired people.

    Fast forward and the things that made downtown vibrant and exciting will be found in Durham. Downtown Raleigh will be as sleepy and boring as North Raleigh was in the 1990s. Yay.

  • Josh Anderson Dec 9, 2016
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    Thank you progress for killing yet more of the character of the town! Here's hoping for a Walgreens or Panera Bread.