Vintage Insider’s Guide: What the Pros are Pinning
You will love our stylish guest pinners vintage picks for your home and your closet. Just follow our favorite local shop owners and stylemakers, Monday, April 29 – Friday, May 10 on pinterest.com/mspmag for spring’s best looks and most coveted objects. Then, get shopping!
Who to Follow, When to Follow on mspmag.com/pinterest
Monday, April 29—Robb Whittlef of Historic Studio
Tuesday, April 30—Hayley Bush from Lula Vintage Wear
Wednesday, May 1—Neal Kielar from MidModMen+friends
Friday, May 2—Megan McGuire from Up Six Vintage
Thursday, May 3—Mike Ader from MidNorth Mercantile
Monday, May 6—Ki Nassauer, from Junk Bonanza and FleaQuest
Tuesday, May 7—Kara Kurth from Golden Age
Wednesday, May 8—Jim Noble from Jim Noble Interiors
Thursday, May 9—Noreen Allbright from Succotash
Friday, May 10—Vanessa Messersmith, from Blacklist Vintage
Bonus Day: Saturday, May 11—Scott Anderson and staff, from Architectural Antiques
Meet the Pros
Robb Whittlef from HISTORIC studio
Bio: Robb Whittlef opened his first retail store at age 19 and never looked back. Since then, he has appeared on HGTV’s “Decorating Cents,” worked for places such as Midwest of Cannon Falls and Square Nest, and has become a nationally recognized design personality. Currently, Robb owns the interior and product design firm HISTORIC studio.
Hayley Bush from LULA
Bio: The proud owner of LULA at Selby and Snelling in St Paul, MN since 1992. A 20-year relationship with vintage clothing has made her an accidental expert in former fashions, styles, and fabrics. She is most well known for identifying and demanding proper fit for her customers.
Neal Kielar from MidModMen+friends
Bio: Neal Kielar is owner of MidModMen+friends, featuring vintage furniture and home décor with a modern vibe. The store's aesthetic is grounded in clean, functional design with plenty of leeway for bold statements through art and found objects, strong color and unexpected combinations. Kielar's background is in brand marketing, and he currently works for a national television production company.
Megan McGuire from Up Six Vintage
Bio: Megan McGuire, a St. Paul native, having loved vintage since childhood finally opened Up Six Vintage in the fall of 2001. Megan was brought up with an appreciation for midcentury furniture and vintage clothing and was influenced by her father the Modernist Architect and her mother a style maven and lifetime thrifter.
“Mustache” Mike Ader
Bio: Mike is a traditional style barber who focuses on old school haircuts (high and tight tapers, low and tight tapers, whitewalls, etc., but his other passion is vintage clothing. He tracks down and rescues old garments that have not seen the light of day in years. If it’s dirty, dusty, or musty he wants it! Mike sells vintage rags in his shop at MidNorth Mercantile in the North Loop. He tracks down goods all over the country and loves the thrill of the hunt.
Ki Nassauer from FleaQuest
Bio: As the original "junk lady," Ki has been dubbed the "Martha Stewart of vintage" and "America's most famous junker" in extensive media coverage, including a 2012 story and video in the Wall Street Journal. Ki produces Junk Bonanza, the biannual shopping extravaganza held in MN that attracts more that 12,000 avid vintage lovers and she is editor in chief of Flea Market Style and Flea Market Style Weddings for Harris Publications. Ki's latest endeavor, FleaQuest, is in development and will fulfill her longtime vision for a comprehensive nationwide online directory of the best vintage sales, antiques shops, flea markets, antique shows and architectural salvage centers. Learn more about Ki and all her vintage ventures at KiNassauer.com.
Kara Kurth from Golden Age Design
Bio: Kara Kurth is an energetic creative who isn't afraid to take risks. From fashion to graphic design, her day is fueled by aesthetics. Living a life with her eye's wide open, Kara is constantly inspired by the world around her. A passion for Mid Century design has been a huge part of her life for many years! Golden Age Design was started for this very reason.
Jim Noble from Noble Interiors Inc.
Bio: Jim Noble is an award winning design veteran with over 30 years of experience, and the founder of Noble Interiors Inc. He specializes in residential and commercial remodeling, and is known for creating distinctive and luxurious spaces spanning the country. He resides in Minneapolis with his wife and five children.
Noreen Allbright from Succotash
Bio: Noreen Allbright opened Succotash on St. Paul¹s Raymond Avenue in 1995—it’s the longest operating midcentury modern store in the Twin Cities. She consults with many photo stylists, museum exhibit designers, and MCM-loving homeowners. She resides in a 1956 architect-designed Maplewood home with her husband/business partner Paul, two cats, and 199 Kokeshi dolls.
Vanessa Messersmith from Blacklist Vintage
Bio: Vanessa Messersmith is the owner of Blacklist Vintage. She believes that people can wear vintage clothing every day while looking fashionable and up-to-date on the current trends. Besides styling for events, local bands, and fashion shows, she loves styling for customers. Whether it's a Mad Men party or bicycling with your friends, you can always stop at Blacklist for a curated outfit.
Scott Anderson and staff from Architectural Antiques
Bio: Everyone in my company has an astute artistic eye, the vision & the courage to see and to integrate our ever changing inventory of antique architectural elements into all types of environments. Find out why for just under 40 years lots good things have been said publicly about the store... See why people go on the record saying that they use Architectural Antiques as inspiration for their designs.
Browse our editors’ directory of vintage stores in the Twin Cities, plus antiques and consignment/thrift.