Charlotte boutique Homewurk hits the highway due to rising hire costs

Annabelle Johnson in entrance of her cell boutique Homewurk. Picture: Laura Barrero/Axios

When Annabelle Johnson began her on-line store Homewurk two years in the past, she had desires of finally opening a brick-and-mortar retailer. However rising hire costs in Charlotte put these desires on pause.

As a substitute, Johnson, now 24, purchased a van and opened a cell boutique. It’s principally based mostly in Charlotte, however she has plans to journey to Jacksonville, Miami, Charleston, Wilmington and Chicago by the top of the 12 months.

Why it issues: Johnson discovered a approach round an issue grappling native enterprise homeowners.

  • Soul Gastrolounge is the newest instance of a neighborhood favourite closing as a consequence of rising hire costs. Proprietor Andy Kastanas instructed Axios’ Katie Peralta Soloff that the hire hike was what “broke the camel’s again.”
  • Earlier than that, Central Espresso homeowners instructed Axios’ Ashley Mahoney they had been priced out of their South Finish store.

Zoom in: When evaluating prices, Johnson stated it made extra sense to purchase the bus moderately than to anchor herself to a store.

  • She says areas in South Finish and Plaza Midwood “had been going for round wherever from $4,000 to $8,000 a month.” It price her the equal of about two months’ hire to refit the bus she owns now.
  • Plus, she has management of her schedule and the flexibleness to journey — one thing few 24-year-olds, heck, even 44-year-olds, can say.

Between the traces: Johnson received the bus on Fb Market. “I actually simply typed ‘bus,’” she stated. What she discovered was a former #vanlife car, fitted for a husband and spouse who traveled throughout the nation with it.

  • With the assistance of her 22-year-old brother, who is aware of vehicles properly, Johnson gutted the bus and turned it right into a cell boutique. It took about two months to repair up and wrap.

The store: Johnson describes the boutique as “versatile, impartial and stylish.” She’s catering to girls of their 20s who need to elevate their wardrobe with out contributing to the quick vogue drawback. “I actually need them to really feel like what they’re shopping for they’re capable of get use out of,” she stated, including that her garments are supposed to be worn on a date, an evening out or at work.

  • Costs vary $36-$64 for tops, bottoms, attire and athleisure attire. “I perceive ballin’ on a funds,” she stated, including that she tries to maintain the gadgets at $65 or much less.
  • You may store Homewurk on-line or in individual at pop-ups. Johnson posts the bus schedule on the shop’s Instagram.

Have a look inside: 


Picture: Laura Barrero/Axios


Picture: Laura Barrero/Axios


A comfortable pop-up pod makes it straightforward to strive on before you purchase. Picture: Laura Barrero/Axios


Liliana tube prime ($30) and the Adeline cargo pants ($60). Picture: Laura Barrero/Axios


Picture: Laura Barrero/Axios

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