A to Z Galleries (Aspidistra to Zebra), will open its second space on Vashon Island, called Rosebud, on Saturday, July 28th. After a ribbon-cutting at noon this niche boutique will be officially open to the public.
In celebration, a private invitation “Cocktail Capers” party begins around tea-time with master mixologist and coowner of Ruby Brink, Jake Heil wielding the shaker, followed by live music in the courtyard for all, by Seattle’s jazz age jitterbug combo, GoodCo from 6pm onwards. The Vashon Brewing Community Pub, next door to Rosebud in Vashon Village, is a jolly co-conspirator in Rosebud’s opening festivities and will be pulling its taps and dishing out fair-price bar snacks from noon until nine.
Rosebud is the Northwest’s first and only antique/vintage/retro shop focusing exclusively on men, and all things once considered gentlemen’s pursuits during the 19th and early 20th centuries: motoring, aviation, fly-fishing, shooting, hunting, exploring, drinking, smoking, gambling, womanizing, empire-building, and all manner of socalled “manly” mischief.
The antiques at Rosebud are the result of over 50 years of collecting by the late antiquaire-extraordinaire, Bruno Piazza (b. Milan 1941, d. Bali 2011), who was Rosebud-owner Susi Johnston’s husband and business partner. His famed former gallery of the same name on the Grand Sablon in Brussels is now reincarnated on Vashon Island, with its original inventory augmented by a range of fine new (but traditional) men’s necessities, appurtenances, grooming items, objets de vertu, implements and gifts.
“Rosebud is a unique place for delving into the myths and realities of manliness and concepts of masculinity in daily life, the arts, politics, travel, pastimes, literature and all manner of shenanigans during the Victorian, Edwardian, and early modern eras,” says Johnston, “while at the same time, it’s here to give men, and people who love them, a dedicated place to shop for the unusual, the essential, and even the unimaginable – all of it with that ineffable elegance and style of days gone by.” She acknowledges that old-fashioned ideas about gender have been superceded, of course. “This place is actually for everybody, regardless of anatomy, identity, ethnicity,” she explains, then adds, chuckling, “or shoe size!”
The boutique’s name, of course, derives from Orson Welles’ iconic film, Citizen Kane. Go to Vashon and let Johnston tell you why! Rosebud will be open from noon until 9 pm daily except Tuesday and Wednesday. Also by appointment.