Taco ‘Bout It: Abernathy’s Edition
For our second edition of Taco “bout it we grabbed some black bean tacos from Fresh Deli with Becca Nicke from Abernathy’s. We chatted about the start of the shop, its current updates and their upcoming vending season highlighted by a weekend in Nevada at Viva Las Vegas!
Co-Owners Red Perez and Becca Nicke both worked for Danielle Colby (from American Picker’s Antique Archaeology) in Le Claire before opening their own shop. In 2013, their blood, sweat and tears become a reality and Abernathy’s was established on the 300 block of 2nd St. The shop features men’s and women’s vintage and vintage reproduction clothing, handmade jewelry, accessories, antique home décor, and oddities. Tuesday through Saturday you can catch one of the ladies at the shop managing and creating the inventory.
“People bring in a collection of things, either vintage clothes that they’ve found or things that belonged to their grandmother.” Nicke said. “I make any repairs or clean or iron them and get them onto the sales floor. The majority of the stuff is from local people.”
In addition to the local brands that make their way in and out of the shop, Abernathy’s consistently has products from Tokyo Milk, Sour Puss, Hell Bunny, Mischief Made and other vintage style companies. The inventory kept throughout the year adds to the progressive ideation these ladies base their store off of.
“We have girls come in who want to wear vintage garments. That takes guts. That’s Super cool.” Nicke said. “ I want to be someone who advocates for that.”
And over-time, the two have done just that. One way the ladies promote confidence in women is through their in-store photo shoots. The duo will create a creative (and usually season friendly) scene and Jenna Sue Photography will come in for a day. Sessions, hair and make-up will all be offered for a set price, and the results are incredible.
“I love seeing womens faces when they leave, because they’re glowing.” Nick said. “It’s an adult equivalent of dress-up.”
However, the ladies don’t just lend their talents to the QCA. As small business owners it’s hard to justify a vacation and vending at different events makes traveling just another part of the business. Throughout the year they vend all over the Midwest and have big plans for 2017. Early next month the two will take off for a weekend at Viva Las Vegas.
The two-day rockabilly music festival offers tons of vendors, dance lessons, a tattoo room, bowling and a pool party. This huge event will bring the ladies together with hundreds of new vendors and potential customers while getting the QC name out into the world. We can’t wait to see what kind of business the ladies bring back to Davenport!