Kinetescape was a short-lived, but fondly remembered shop that recently vacated its home on 7th and Spring in downtown. For years, the A.G. Bartlett building retail spaces have been occupied by lowbrow discount shops, so it was incredibly exciting when the paper came off the windows to reveal the handsome corner shop in 2013.
The selection of vintage goods offered in the shop were just what you would expect from Andrew Meieran, the owner of The Edison, a modern underground speakeasy, and the developer behind Clifton’s Cafeteria renovation: eclectic, meticulously curated, and endlessly cool. From 1930s dictaphones, to vintage smoking pipes à la René Magritte, to stuffed peacocks and Art Deco clocks. The whole shop emanated the feel of a Boardwalk Empire set (rest in peace…) and it was right up our alley.
Kinetescape opened quietly with little announcement other than its open display to the street. An entrusted affiliate of Meieran attended the shop, which seemed to have no standard hours of operation. After a few brief months, the doors remained locked day after day, and the mail piled up behind the window. A little over a month ago, we noticed that the windows were once again papered up, much to our dismay.
The only speculation as to why Meieran closed up shop is that he may have found a new tenant to lease the space, or perhaps he wanted to put more focus into finishing his Clifton’s project around the corner. Either way, we are hoping that he will bring his massive collection of antiques into a new space soon.