At left, Wendy Wells-Finn and Willow Wright. At right, some of the furnishings and art inside Urban Redeux. (Urban Redeux Instagram)
Early next month, a mother-daughter team of self-described “treasure hunters” will open a new shop called “Urban Redeux” next to Burke & Herbert Bank on Cooper Road.
The store — located in the former ReReads book store — will feature an eclectic mix of affordable furnishings handpicked at estate sales, thrift shops, online auctions and other sites.
Co-owner Willow Wright said she and her mother have it in their blood to find cool stuff and sell it as-is or refurnished.
“We only buy things we like, and we plan to have a revolving door of items,” said Wright, who chose their “perfect location” based on proximity to her and her mother’s homes. “We’re throwing our hat in the game and seeing what happens,” she added.
Wright’s mother, Wendy Wells-Finn, described herself as an artist who likes to reimagine things.
“The hardest part will be letting go of the things we love,” said Wells-Finn.
Current store favorites of the mother-daughter team include a guardian lion sculpture, an elephant garden stool, sake jar lamps and a silver teapot. The shop also is filled with tables, chairs, vases and urns, mirrors, vintage knickknacks and framed pictures, including paintings by Wells-Finn who has a small artistic workspace behind the retail floor.
Wright and Wells-Finn are presently putting finishing touches on the shop, tagging items, moving things around and awaiting arrival of the storefront signage. Wright said they expect the store to open on September 1, with designated shopping hours from Wednesday through Saturday and by appointment. Further details will be available on the store’s website and Facebook page.
Note: The article has been updated to reflect an opening date of September 1.