The Roanoker - July/August 2019 - 14

"Grandin's Cool Little Sister"

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JULY/AUGUST 2019

The Wasena neighborhood is growing fast, with retail and restaurants
offering a new spot for Roanokers to spend time.

W

ALKING DOWN THE SIDEWALK
toward the Roanoke River the eye at
the center of the Electric Eye Custom
Tattoos sign compels you to look inside at the
bohemian-vintage styled studio. Monica Moses
opened the premiere, all-female tattoo studio in
2017 after years of driving by the empty strip.
"I thought how cool they could be if someone
just gave them a little love. They were in sad, sad
shape for so long," Moses says.
She said her only concern for the continued
growth of the area is the closure of the Wasena
bridge, but Moses says, "I feel confident the area
can and will survive it."
Nate Sloan, owner of incoming Bloom
Restaurant and Wine Bar opening June 2019, says,
"Wasena is beaming with vibrant and enthusiastic
energy, and we feel this momentum will jive well
with our mission statement."

Bloom's mission includes environmental impact
awareness, community support and nurturing
wellness through food as medicine.
Vintage clothing store, Retro Getgo and
sustainable, slow fashion enterprise Line + Tow
each opened in 2018 and sit in the same strip as
the restaurant.
Retro Getgo sells vintage fashion items from
the 1980s, 1970s, 1960s and 1950s. Line + Tow,
a clothing store devoted to sustainability and
quality made products, sources their materials
and production to Guatemala, where owner Grace
Brian partners with Casa Flor to bring her designs
to fruition.
Quincy Randolph, co-owner of Roasters Next
Door (RND) Coffee with his brother Steffon
Randolph, opened the doors of their permanent
location in April after having only a pop-up shop
previously.
TheRoanoker.com

JENNIFER RIALES

CLOCKWISE:
Retro Getgo, RND
Coffee and Electric
Eye Tattoos are only
a few of the new
shops on Main.


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