BREMERTON — Thirteen years after opening the doors of her vintage clothing business in downtown Bremerton, College Jones is now looking to hand over the keys to the right person.
ISH Vintage Clothing & Costume sells clothing and costumes ranging in era from the 1920s to the 1980s, including men’s, women’s and children’s garments, sunglasses, wigs, jewelry, wedding dresses, tuxedos, flapper dresses and Southern Belle dresses.
“It’s kind of like a gallery of clothing,” Jones said. “Everything’s really unique … they’re really special pieces and pretty rare to find. I think that makes the store definitely one of a kind.”
Jones is a costume designer and makeup artist. She works as a designer for national commercials, print ads, and television and film, a job that requires a lot of travel around the country. She also has small children at home, she said, on top of the small business she’s owned for 13 years.
“It’s just too hard to balance it all,” Jones said. “I’m gone so much, and with having the kids when I’m home, it’s just hard. It’s really hard for an owner that has a small business to not be there.”
So Jones is looking around to find the right buyer.
She said she’s hoping whoever comes on board will keep ISH as is, but she’s willing to sell the inventory independently and to be open-minded and flexible.” What she really doesn’t want, though, is to close the doors.
“I don’t want to close. Closing my store would be the last thing I want to do,” she said.
Having grown up in the city and feeling close and connected to Bremerton, she also said she’s looking to keep ISH here.
Mostly, though, Jones said she’s waiting to find the right person to buy ISH. Having kept the business open for 13 years, she said the “marketing is done” and the customer base is established.
“I think it would be easy for someone to come and take over and [bring] their new flair, their new twist,” Jones said. “Someone that’s going to be able to be there and give it the time and energy it needs.”
ISH Vintage Clothing is in a 2,000-square-foot space on Fourth Street, between Pacific and Washington avenues. Jones said the landlords are “wonderful” and “it could be a turn-key operation.”
If interested in learning more, Jones can be reached at 360-981-2209, or firstname.lastname@example.org. The store is located at 249 Fourth St., Bremerton. To learn more about the store and its opening hours, visit ishvintage.com.
Michelle Beahm is the online editor for the Kitsap News Group. She can be reached at email@example.com.