Archdukes Help Celebrate Avenue Antiques Expansion

A preview of the Walter’s Arts Museum’s Off the Wall project is planned prior to celebrating to the official opening of the expanded antique store.

Avenue Antiques will be celebrating the official opening of its expansion into the Ideal Theater building next week, with a special preview of the Walters Art Museum’s Off the Wall project.

The Off the Wall project displays recreations of classic pieces along main streets and outdoor public spaces, and The Archdukes Albert and Isabella Visiting a Collector’s Cabinet will be unveiled along Avenue Antiques' Elm Street wall at 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 7, according to a news release. 

The paintings are recreated on weather resistant vinyl and placed in "period correct frames" and hung on commercial walls and placed in parks. According to the release, the project is set to be fully unveiled in November and the pieces will remain on display throughout the city through April.  

After the unveiling, Avenue Antiques will celebrate its expansion with a ribbon cutting. The celebration starts a busy weekend in Hampden with the Hampden Village Merchants Association’s First Friday event, and the next day will be the neighborhood festival Hampdenfest.  

Elissa Stratti, owner of Avenue Antiques, discussed her into the Ideal Theater building in March, after Woodward’s moved its auction house to another location in East Baltimore.

At the time there were rumors circulating that the Ideal would return to use as a theater.

"Sorry Hampden it’s not going to be a movie theater," Stratti told Patch at the time.

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Great...make 36th St in Hampden more like a wax museum rather than a town center. Less utility and more useless overpriced crap! This happens in a lot of places (Main St. Ellicott City, Thames St. Fells Point, Canton Square ect.), all needed businesses shut down (Grocers, 5 and Dime type places, banks, ect.) and your are left with a bunch of fru-fru crap. Let's see, we lost the Murphy's (a place where you could buy useful products for keeping a household), many of the cheap eats, a small grocer, the only thing really left are the banks (just a matter of time before they leave as well). And what do we get antique shops, pompus restaurants full of hipster want-a-bes, overpriced used furniture, fru-fru bars, and other uselessness.
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