Former Sotheby’s auction house employee opens a shop on Fifth StreetBy: Carol Percy, Reporter Lincoln News Messenger
Grand Opening The 915
Tuesday, March 19 at 5:30 p.m.
668 5th St.
Name: Lorraine Grecco
Job: Shop owner
Family: Husband, Nick; and two sons: Cisco, 24 and Gianni, 12
What’s your background?
I was born in Belfast, Ireland and raised in San Francisco. My mom bought estates —old Persian rugs and chipped dinnerware. I majored in art history at UC Berkeley and then went to London to work at Sotheby’s auction house. When I came back to San Francisco, I saw my first pair of Wranglers on Nick Grecco — he was a farmer in town on business. We’ve been married now for 25 years.
How would you describe your shop’s ambience?
Well, it’s what I’d call “urban agricultural chic.” It’s about 300 square feet, kind of cozy and intimate. I think it was part of an old bank building. There’s a big vault door behind my desk, funky wall paper and exposed brick. The base of my desk is the insides of a vintage John Deere harvester.
What does the “915” refer to?
It’s the model number of an old International Rice Harvester, the first harvester my husband, Nick, and I bought after we were married. It’s sentimental.
How would you describe your stock?
It’s a unique eclectic mix of things I like — jewelry, home goods and gifts. I have some great art candles handcrafted by a woman in Murphys. I get some of my jewelry from a New York designer who got a Martha Stewart award. I have a lot of vintage things: cowboy hats, a model’s tote, a Wedgewood stove. My prices range from $5 to $500.
How do you know what to buy for your shop?
I buy what catches my fancy and I look for things you can’t buy at a large retail store. I try to source American-made products.
Why did you choose to open your shop in downtown Lincoln?
After the completion of the (Highway 65) bypass, I thought there could be a renaissance in downtown Lincoln.
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