The Crooked Stripe: Newport’s unique blend of antique shopping and live entertainment

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NEWPORT — Main Street welcomes dual-purpose shop “The Crooked Stripe” to the city as J. Nicholas has taken the helm of Second Hand Treasures.

An antiques store located at 125 Main Street, Second Hand Treasures was originally started by Joe Warren last spring. The shop has seen a substantial expansion in its collection under Nicholas’ management, featuring an array of functional, antique-feel items priced attractively for the budget-conscious consumer.

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But it’s not just the stock that’s getting an overhaul, there’s a significant add-on to the business plan. As revenues from the antique store build, Nicholas is constructing a soundproof stage area within the store’s premises.

This space is destined for small venue performances, introducing a refreshing new element of music and comedy to Main Street.

In fact, the venue is already fostering local talents and enriching the community. “Rock Camp,” a guitar and drum lessons for all age groups, is held every Monday evening.

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Plans are also in motion to establish an art club, providing a space for local residents to experiment creatively.

As part of Wednesdays on Main, The Crooked Stripe has started to host an outdoor open mic on the sidewalk. The venture has quickly gained traction, creating a space for performers and audiences to interact in a casual, welcoming environment.

As Second Hand Treasures and The Crooked Stripe continue to evolve, community involvement is key. The team is seeking donations of musical instruments and encourages residents to dust off their old guitars or saxophones and drop by the store.

Between the furniture for sale and the potential to rediscover an old musical passion, Newport’s Main Street is becoming a hub of interaction, creativity, and community support.

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