Rhody Gem: POP Emporium of Popular Culture

January 2021

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What it is:

An antique shop and art gallery with an angle for pop culture artifacts and curiosities, along with mid-century modern furniture, lighting, and decor.

 

Where to find it:

Find the fully renovated factory building, which now houses 10,000 square feet of vintage finds, in Smith Hill on West Park Street, minutes away from Providence Place Mall.

 

What makes it a Rhody Gem?

Sure, you can find plenty of functional furnishings and stylish home pieces here, but it’s the oddities or “conversation pieces” that will keep you coming back to explore. A true labor of love, owner Darren Hill’s passion for curating eclectic remnants of the pop culture era shines in the vast collection. Visitors laud the shop as a stroll through childhood memories, or more like a museum, preserving artifacts of the past few decades in a mishmash fashion. Every inch of wall is occupied by vintage art, film posters, and decor. Scattered playfully around the space are old copies of Mad Magazine, ViewMasters, retro ice buckets, and plenty of funky lamps that look more like art. While performances once transformed the shop into a nightlife destination pre-COVID, the large footprint still allows for a safely distanced shopping experience until events can return to the venue.

POP Emporium of Pop Culture • 219 West Park Street  • @popprov

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