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Avant-garde thrift shop Neo Trashis no more

By SHARON KENNEDY WYNNE, Times Staff Writer
Published August 31, 2007


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Neo Trash, one of the bright spots in Ybor City's fashion and art scene, has closed.

Brad Hoffmann, one of the owners of the vintage clothing store, said "internal issues" led to the closing July 31 and that he is now working for Urban Outfitters in St. Louis, looking to create the same kind of art-meets-shopping vibe.

Though Neo Trash was technically a thrift store, in its 16 months on the scene the shop made it a mission to celebrate local fashion designers, selling T-shirts by Sauver and Suspicious Package, among others. And it used its space as a gallery for local artists, with paintings and photography on display and for sale.

About 400 people showed up at the store's party in early July that combined a fashion show and art exhibit with a punk back beat.

"We were grateful for being part of the art scene in Tampa and I hope we were a catalyst," Hoffmann said. "I think there is so much talent in Tampa right now, I'm sure it's going to explode onto the market."

[Last modified August 30, 2007, 22:29:03]


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