Bryan Costello is always looking for new ideas.
So he’s building a space at Holder Goods and Crafts – a mix of an art gallery and a design shop – that will give artists the opportunity to pitch their ideas and see them come to life.
The place, owned by Meredith Kirkpatrick and her husband Sam, who also co-owns Boulted Bread bakery next door, will give artists proper openings and carry a variety of antique and vintage home furnishings and goods, along with the work of the artists in residence.
“I really want it to always change,” Costello said. “I don’t want to have one thing. I want people to come in and pitch new installations.”
Holder’s look and contents will constantly change, depending on what items Costello has curated to sell and what artists are on show.
And everything in the shop is for sale.
“We want everything to be for sale, down to the desk I sit at.” Costello said. “I want the desk underneath me to sell. That’s what keeps it so exciting. We want people to want to check back in.”
Holder Goods and Crafts opens Friday at 5 p.m., and to start it will showcase three artists: Raleigh photographer Miller Taylor and woodworkers Matthew Cronheim and Justin Johnson, owners of Durham workshop Arrowhead.
Costello is still working out figuring out how long artists will stay at Holder, he said.
For goods, Costello’s plan is to travel to small towns around North Carolina and beyond – he recently went to Texas – in search of things that are vintage, antique and unique.
Come Friday, customers can expect to find pieces like vintage books, bottles and cameras, African textiles, bookends and Turkish towels along with furniture, such as tables and benches, made by Arrowhead.
“I go source these things that are really well built and worn around the edges. I love time-worn objects,” he said.
He says he’s found things from around the world and from all over the state. He hopes the space will eventually develop into something that will give him more time to make longer shopping trips.
Prices will range from about $1 to $2 for vintage photos to about $850 for furniture.
The open space is about 600 to 800 square feet, and Costello said he wants to make the room work for the artist.
“We want to make an art gallery that’s way more comfortable for everyone,” said Costello, creative director of Holder. “We want to soften it up and really bring unique things in. We don’t want it to be any one thing. If anyone comes with an idea, we want to clear the room out and create a brand new experience each time.”
Holder Goods and Crafts is at 612 W. South St., near Boylan Heights and downtown Raleigh.
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