The idea for Poppy & Bean, 5543 Ridge Avenue, a combo vintage and thrift shop, goes back to owner Coleen Coyer’s childhood. “My grandfather, Poppy, called me Bean. He had a similar shop in Wayne named The Old Store. I spent all my summers refinishing furniture there and he also let me do the store’s windows and decorating.”
This early exposure led Coyer to later work at Scallywag, an upscale antique and upholstery shop in Wayne, for a decade. “It was a wonderful opportunity. They took me to Europe on buying trips and I got a wonderful education in antiques and vintage décor,” said Coyer who went on to have a successful career as a visual merchandiser.
“My grandfather, Poppy, called me Bean. He had a similar shop in Wayne named The Old Store. I spent all my summers refinishing furniture there and he also let me do the store’s windows and decorating.”
Moving to Roxborough sixteen years ago, Coyer always had it in mind to open her own shop. When her two sons, now aged seven and ten, showed signs of not needing her constant attention, Coyer starting making the rounds of flea markets again and keeping her eyes open for an available shop. "I saw the For Rent sign on a storefront that had been vacant and called my husband, Phil D’Agostino, who is a professional musician. He said, let's do it! " The location is ideal, walking distance from her children's school and her home.
"I saw the For Rent sign on a storefront that had been vacant and called my husband, Phil D’Agostino, who is a professional musician. He said, let's do it! "
"Besides vintage items, I have a selection of locally made gifts, including aromatic candles and greeting cards. Kids like the special area I created for them that has clothing, books, and games. They like the used jeans and Phillies t-shirts and I enjoy seeing their early interest in thrifting, " says Coyer.
Poppy & Bean will host a pop-up shop with guest artists and crafters Friday to Sunday, November 25th -27th. Check out the schedule below to kick off your holiday season of shopping small!
Friday, November 25th | 12pm - 5pm
All stocked if for your holiday shopping, candles, beautiful cards, all locally made! And many viBrahe and found goodies.
Saturday, November 26th | 11am - 7pm
Featuring The Bird’s Eye, a collection by artist & musician, Birdie Busch. Birdies will be bringing here vintage collection, handmade earrings, artist prints and limited vinyl. Attic Brewing will also be supplying their delicious brews.
Sunday, November 27th | 12pm - 5pm
We will feature a true gem in our neighborhood! Artist and illustrator Alison Lee Chapman of Wolf Tree Studio. She will have her incredible hand painted ornaments, card collection, larger prints as well and some surprises! She is quite simply amazing!