Roughly seven weeks after a freak crash closed it, Vintage and More on the Blvd in downtown Red Bank has reopened.
The gaping hole left by a sport utility vehicle that smashed through the corner of the vintage store at 3874 Dayton Blvd. on June 8 has been fixed. And the business, which rents space to vendors who sell vintage and antique items, reopened Saturday.
Peggy Roe, who co-owns Vintage and More with her sister, Deborah Baldridge, said that they didn't have loss-of-business insurance and that the sisters lost a little more than $3,000 worth of merchandise in the crash.
The good news, Roe said, is that local newspaper and TV news coverage helped draw in new customers.
"We saw you on the news, we saw you on the news," Roe said customers have told her.
The SUV's driver, Aaron Harper, 23, plowed through a corner of the wall that's three bricks thick — after he clipped a truck, grazed a car, and hit a light pole in front of the more than 100-year-old building, Baldridge said.
She said the driver appeared to be having a seizure. The Red Bank Police report about the crash redacted details about Harper's condition.
The sisters lease space in the building. Baldridge predicted in June that the repair work would be done in time for an Aug. 1 reopening.
"We made it two days early, because we did it on the 29th," she said.
Only one space for vendors is left to rent in the vintage store, Roe said.
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