Upcoming Photo Shoot at Amendment 18

 Hey Viv ! has been asked to bring some our most charming fashions to a photo shoot at Amendment 18, Staten Island’s newest Speakeasy Bar.

At the shoot, Photographer Jeff Mason will capture the beautiful Leanne Surace and Nancy Corrigan, both singers at the club, posed in the period ambiance of Amendment 18. Think smoky back room, a fitted pencil dress and veiled hats.

Watch our social media for the pictures as Hey Viv ! Retro goes to Amendment 18 !

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The Trip to Bountiful at Sea View Playwrights Theatre


Sea View Playwright’s Theatre Presents

The Trip to Bountiful
by Horton Foote

Directed by Risa Anderson
Assistant Directed by Helene Montagna
Technical Director: Chelsea Smith
Stage Manager: Michael Anderson

June 3rd, 4th, 5th
June 10th, 11th, 12th

Fridays & Saturdays at 8PM, Sundays at 3PM
Tickets: $22 General Admission, $20 Students/Seniors

No reservations, tickets sold at box office 20 minutes before curtain (cash only, please).

Play Synopsis:
The play involves a “woman who has to live with a daughter-in-law who hates her and a son who does not dare take her side.” While the unhappy family lives in a Houston apartment, Carrie Watts dreams of returning to Bountiful, where she was raised.

John Adrian as Roy
Dorri Aspinwall as Carrie Watts
Tina Barone as Jessie Mae Watts
Laura Casertano as The Ticket Taker
James Cunningham as The Sheriff
Madison L’Insalata as Thelma
Frank Nigro as Ludie Watts

The vintage dresses, hats, gloves and purses for this production all came from Hey Viv ! Vintage and Retro Clothing !

Hey Viv ! Vintage on eBay – Vintage Love

Hey Viv ! Vintage on eBay – Vintage Love – Playful patterns and cool colors http://bit.ly/HeyVivVintage


Wouldn’t it be nice to have a purse in every color to match all your outfits…. sigh…. For now we’ll have to settle for Paisley and Lime Green and keep on looking.

As Raven Simone says: “I’m definitely addicted to purses.”

#heyvivretro #vintageclothing #retroclothing #heyvivvintage #vintagepurse #paisley #limegreen #50s #60s #ebay #ebaystore http://ow.ly/i/hoFMR

Inspiration for a Small Business

Wow ! 30 years in business ! It’s hard to believe it’s been that long.  I started Hey Viv ! in 1986 by opening  a small 16′ by 25′ store in Staten Island.  Here’s how I looked on opening day.  (obviously I love hats)


Thinking about what inspired me to start this project and grow it into the thriving business it is today I have to credit a few people.  Here goes….

  • My husband Mark who never said I was crazy for wanting to open a vintage clothing store.  He helped me rehab the store space, painted, sawed and hammered without complaint (except when I wanted to paint the store pink – that I heard about ! )  With Mark’s help I got up and running in 1986 and never looked back.
  • The local LDC (Local Development Center) and SCORE office.  Their staff walked me through the paper work and answered hundreds of questions.  One counselor told me: “It’s your business.  Don’t listen to anyone who says you can’t do it.”
  • Thank you to the first person who walked through the door to my new store.  She came in to browse but didn’t see anything she wanted.  When I told her she was the first person to come in she promptly bought a scarf.  What a feeling !
  • And to all my friends who listened, shopped, advised and cheered me up and cheered me on.  Thanks for your support.


So that’s some of the people who helped me to start and keep my small business going.  Who inspires you to keep going ?