ohio city's new rag refinery offers vintage and recycled threads

The Rag Refinery, a new store that offers gently used, recycled fashions at affordable prices, just opened at 3904 Lorain Avenue in Ohio City. Owner Leigh Ring also manages Pink Eye Gallery in the same space, where she often rolls out the racks to host art openings.

"Our focus is on vintage shoes, clothing and accessories, and we invite customers to sell or trade-in their former favorites for cash or store credit," says Ring. "Our customers want to outfit themselves in creative and unique ways."

Ring chose Lorain Ave. because of the proliferation of affordable vacant spaces and because Ohio City is a draw for her customers. "With the help of Palookaville Chili next door and places like Open Yoga Gallery, we hope to be a part of the revitalization that's happening here," says Ring.

The Rag Refinery is currently open on Saturdays from noon to 5 p.m. and by appointment. However, Ring plans to extend her hours to match those of Palookaville Chili's April 20th opening. "There will be an open hallway between the Rag Refinery and Palookaville so that customers can both browse the shop and have a bite to eat," explains Ring. 

Ring is energized by the small-scale redevelopment trend she sees on Lorain. "There is already a draw for antiques and vintage here, but my hope is that more restaurants and shops choose Lorain, joining together to make the street more walkable."

She also sees her store's mission of recycled fashions contributing to the sustainability movement. "By recycling and reusing clothing and keeping it out of our landfills, we're doing our part," says Ring.

Source: Leigh Ring
Writer: Lee Chilcote